Votto breaks Bruce's home-run record and sparks a new rivalry

CINCINNATI -- Joey Votto heard from his good friend Jay Bruce after Votto passed Bruce Monday night to become the all-time home run leader in Great American Ball Park history.

"I talk to him almost every day," Votto said. "He enjoyed that."

Passing Bruce was inevitable, right? After all, Votto came in the the season with 120 home runs at Great American. He trailed only Bruce (135) and Adam Dunn (126).

"Nothing's inevitable," Votto said.

Bruce, now the with Mets, is holds out hope that he'll regain the lead -- in a tongue-in-cheek way at least.

"He said I better keep going because he wants to come into town and pass me while he's here -- and embarrass me," Votto said.

"I liked that a lot."

The Mets don't come to town until Aug. 29 for a three-game series.

The way Votto is going, Bruce will likely have to have historic series to to catch up. Including Tuesday, Votto has eight home games before Bruce and the Mets come in. He had hit home runs in four of last five home games entering Tuesday.

Overall, Votto had hit in 12 straight games. He was hitting .500/.640/.889 over that stretch.

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