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Votto’s second homer of the series sparked a 10-batter, five-run third inning. Ramos left after throwing 47 pitches. Brandon Gomes relieved and gave up Mesoraco’s homer.

Mesoraco added a sacrifice fly in the fifth. The catcher opened the season on the disabled list with a strained oblique. In four games the past week, he went 7 for 14 with three doubles, two homers and six RBIs.

Heisey connected in the eighth off Josh Lueke for his seventh career pinch-hit homer.

NOTES: The Rays open a three-game series in Baltimore on Monday, starting Chris Archer (1-0) against Wei-Yin Chen (1-1). … The Reds continue their six-game homestand by hosting Pittsburgh. Homer Bailey (0-1), who has won his last five starts against the Pirates, goes against Wandy Rodriguez (0-2). … Rays called up LH reliever Jeff Beliveau from Triple-A Durham to fill Cobb’s roster spot, then sent him back after the game. LH Erik Bedard, who also was added to the roster on Sunday, will take Cobb’s spot in the rotation for now. … It was Zobrist’s fourth career multihomer game. … Reds starter Mat Latos was diagnosed with a sprained right forearm. He won’t throw for 10 to 14 days. … Third base umpire Tim Welke was honored before he worked his 4,000th regular-season game.


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