Joey Votto, Scooter Gennett and Tucker Barnhart homered to help rookie Luis Castillo to their first major win in the Cincinnati Reds’ 7-0 Saturday win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Castillo (1-1) allowed three hits in six innings and two-thirds, with eight strikeouts and a passport. It was his longest outing of the season.
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The Dominican, who made the fourth opening of his career, prevented a Diamondback hit in the first three innings, and then, after admitting a single from Paul Goldschmidt, retired the next nine hitters.
Votto drove in three runs.
The Diamondbacks only got three hits and lost their fourth game of five.
The Reds took control of the game quickly and their first three hitters against Arizona starter Taijuan Walker managed to score.
Billy Hamilton opened the game with a ticket, stole second base and scored in a triple by Zack Cozart.
Votto’s home run, led by the National League with 26 homers, put the Reds 3-0 up.
For the Reds, the Venezuelan Jose Peraza of 4-0. Luis Castillo of Mexico 3-0.
For the Diamondbacks, the Dominican Ketel Marte of 4-1. The Venezuelan Grégor Blanco of 1-0.