For the Reds to turn this season around, the big names on the roster are going to have to come up, well, big.

Wednesday night, they did.

Johnny Cueto pitched like an ace like usual. And the big-name hitters came through as well. That hasn't happened a lot this year. So the Reds' 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers before a crowd of 27,014 at Great American Ball Park has to be seen at least as a sign of hope.

Joey Votto drove in two runs in his second game back from the disabled list, Brandon Phillips drove in a run and Jay Bruce homered.

"We have history here," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "We have a real good understanding that we have players here who have accomplished things in this game at very high level. Even though we're off to a slow 60-plus games, I still believe we can be a dynamic offensive club."

Bruce and Votto both spent time on the DL and both are well below their career averages.

"We don't have a ton of rookies in our lineup," Price said. "Billy (Hamilton) is a young player, but for the most part, we're running guys out there with experience who have credibility at this level of play. We have to have trust that they'll come around and do things we need to do to win game.

"We saw some of that tonight. Hopefully, it's precursor to things moving forward."

Cueto (6-5) threw six innings of three-hit shutout ball. He tied a career-high with 12 strikeouts and walked none. Cueto needed 112 pitches -- 74 strikes -- to make it through the six innings. It was struggle -- as much as six shutout innings can be.