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

A young fan holds a sign for injured Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto during the second inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Cincinnati, Tuesday, July 17, 2012. Votto has had surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee, leaving him sidelined for three to four weeks. A young fan holds a sign for injured Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto during the second inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Cincinnati, Tuesday, July 17, 2012. Votto has had surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee, leaving him sidelined for three to four weeks. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)
By Joe Kay
AP Sports Writer / July 17, 2012
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CINCINNATI—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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