Reds get 1st win without Votto, 4-0 over Dbacks

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Associated Press

Posted on July 18, 2012 at 4:06 PM

CINCINNATI (AP) — Right-hander Johnny Cueto showed no significant problem from his finger blister during six shutout innings Tuesday night, and Ryan Ludwick hit a three-run homer that sent the Cincinnati Reds to their first victory without Joey Votto, 4-0 over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Votto had surgery earlier in the day to repair torn cartilage in his left knee, sidelining the former National League MVP for up to a month.

Cueto (11-5) threw 105 pitches, an indication that a blister he developed on his right index finger last week wasn't bothering him. He gave up four hits and walked four.

Arizona's Trevor Bauer (1-2), the first of the 2011 amateur draft picks to reach the majors, had the roughest time in his four starts so far. The 21-year-old pitcher lasted only three innings.

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