Joey Votto of the Reds hits two home runs against the Pirates, bringing his career total to 35.

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Joey Votto of the Reds hits two home runs against the Pirates, bringing his career total to 35.

With two home runs in a Cincinnati Reds rout of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Joey Votto moved closer to his career best for home runs in a season.

In Monday’s 13-1 triumph at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, the Reds first baseman finished 2 for 4 with four RBIs and two runs scored.

Votto, 38, now has 35 home runs on the season. He blasted 36 home runs in 2017 and a career-high 37 during his MVP season in 2010. With five games remaining in the regular season, the Reds are 82-75.

The Reds’ winning streak now stands at four games. They are still 5.5 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals for second place in the National League Wild Card rankings.

Votto told reporters, “We haven’t been eliminated yet, so we’re still thinking about pulling off a miracle.”

With an RBI sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first, All-Star outfielder Nick Castellanos gave the Reds a 1-0 lead. For the next at-bat, Votto went up to the plate.

On the opening pitch of his at-bat with Pirates starter Connor Overton, the veteran first baseman fouled off a fastball. He next smacked a 3-1 Overton fastball into the left-field seats for a two-run opposite-field homer.

According to Statcast, Votto’s 366-foot homer traveled at 103.3 mph.

Later in the inning, Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart drove home third baseman Eugenio Suarez with an RBI single. the Reds took a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the fourth.

Castellanos increased the lead to five runs with another RBI sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fourth. Votto settled in for the next at-bat against Pirates relief pitcher Cody Ponce.

The left hander started that exchange with a curveball outside the strike zone. He then worked the count full. Votto hit a 466-foot two-run homer to right field on Ponce’s eighth pitch of the game.

Suarez hit a 409-foot solo homer off Ponce three pitches later for an 8-0 lead.

The Pirates scored their lone run off a wild pitch in the top of the fifth. Castellanos hit his 33rd homer of the season in the bottom of the sixth. That 407-foot, three-run shot came off Pirates relief pitcher Kyle Keller.

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