"It's real nice to get the first one, especially after last year, when I got the at-bats and it didn't happen. It felt great to do it," Soto said on Tuesday.
At the time of Soto's hit, the Reds were trailing by a 5-4 score as rain threatened to shorten the game. Later in the inning, Joey Votto put Cincinnati ahead with a two-run homer.
"That felt even better. It always feels good to help the team," Soto said. "Now, I actually feel that I've done something."
Soto has the ball from his first hit and plans to give it to his father, Neftali Soto Sr.
"He's going to put it in a special place in his office, for sure," Soto said.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.