Reds 1B Votto to miss fourth game with knee injury

WASHINGTON (AP) Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto is out of the lineup for the fourth straight game.

The 2010 NL MVP remained in Cincinnati while the Reds opened a series at Washington on Monday. He is rehabbing a distal quadriceps strain in his left knee.

The Reds are hoping Votto can avoid a stint on the disabled list. Manager Bryan Price says they have not made a decision.

Cincinnati, also without Jay Bruce (left knee), who is eligible to come off the disabled list Wednesday, was outscored 20-7 while dropping two of three this past weekend in Philadelphia.