- Associated Press - Friday, May 9, 2014

CINCINNATI (AP) - This was one big swing for Joey Votto and the Cincinnati Reds.

Votto hit a game-ending solo homer, and the Reds shut down Nolan Arenado in a 4-3 win over Colorado Rockies on Friday night.

Votto drove a 3-0 pitch from Boone Logan (1-1) over the wall in center for his fifth homer. Votto’s fourth career game-ending shot traveled an estimated 437 feet.

“The older you get and the longer you play, the more I become one with the team,” he said. “All you care about is winning.”

Votto had been struggling coming into the game, and the Reds were coming off consecutive 4-3 losses in Boston. The Red Sox won in 12 innings on Tuesday, and then scored two in the eighth inning of Wednesday’s victory.

“At the end of the year, you’ll look up and I’ll be about the same,” Votto said. “The frustrating part is my struggles have coincided with a number of close losses.”

Reds manager Bryan Price switched Votto from second in the batting order to fourth to try to give him more chances to hit with runners in scoring position. That didn’t work out but Votto was came up at the right time for the Reds.

“It is really fun to watch guys have moments like that,” Price said. “It was a big win for all of us. In a tie game, he has the green light.”

Arenado went 0 for 3, snapping his hitting streak at a club-record 28 games, the longest in the majors this season. But he also walked and scored on Justin Morneau’s tying double in the ninth, handing Jonathan Broxton (1-0) his first blown save in six opportunities.

Johnny Cueto had another strong outing for Cincinnati, striking out eight in eight innings of two-run ball. The right-hander allowed five hits and walked one.

“We knew it was going to be tough to score runs on Cueto,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. “He’s been locked in. We knew we had to scratch and claw. We battled every at-bat and made him earn every out.”

Cueto has pitched eight or more innings in five consecutive starts. He has gone at least seven in each of his eight starts this season.

“I continue to move the ball in and out, like Bryan Price wants me to do,” Cueto said. “I am thankful that I feel well and able to do my job. They have a good team. They made me work.”

Colorado’s Jhoulys Chacin, making his second start of the season after missing the first month with a right shoulder strain, allowed two runs and four hits in six innings.

Skip Schumaker hit Chacin’s second pitch of the game up the left-center gap for a double. He moved to third on Brayan Pena’s groundout to first and scored on Brandon Phillips’ sacrifice fly.

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