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Reds' Votto goes deep twice, including walk-off in 14th

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CINCINNATI -- Those two home runs aside, Joey Votto thought he had a pretty lousy day at the plate.

He hit a tying shot in the first and led off the 14th inning with his second home run to give the Cincinnati Reds a 5-4 victory against the Washington Nationals on Sunday.

"It didn't feel like a great day with the bat for me but I end up with a couple homers and a couple walks. It's such an odd game sometimes," Votto said.

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Votto has hit longer home runs but few as effective.

"The first home run just scraped out of the ballpark and then the last one kind of the same thing but I didn't feel very good today."

Reds pinch-hitter Yonder Alonso opened the ninth with a home run off Drew Storen, making it 4-4.

Votto hit a full-count pitch from Collin Balester (1-3) into the left-field bleachers to push the Reds over .500 for the first time since July 3.

The second winning home run of his career sent the Nationals to a sixth consecutive loss, tying their season high.

"It's a shame there wasn't a runner in scoring position or we could have walked him," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said.

Johnny Cueto and five Reds relievers combined for 19 strikeouts, tying the team record. Cueto fanned 11 in seven innings.

Bill Bray (4-2) allowed one hit in the 14th to get the victory.

"We're always talking about picking each other up," Baker said. "The bullpen has picked us up a lot of times. We had a number of chances and they had a number of chances."

Baker, Johnson and Washington bench coach Pat Corrales all were ejected.

The Nationals loaded the bases with one out in the top of the 10th, but Ian Desmond lined to shortstop Edgar Renteria, who stepped on second for an unassisted double play.

Cueto maintained his NL ERA lead despite allowing a season-high nine hits. He gave up two runs and finished the day with a 2.05 ERA -- up from the 2.03 figure he took into the game. Cueto hit two batters and walked one.

Washington pushed across a run with two outs in the first on Danny Espinosa's single.

Votto tied it in the first and Jay Bruce put the Reds ahead in the fourth with his 28th home run.

The Nationals strung together consecutive inning-opening singles by Desmond, Jayson Werth and Rick Ankiel to make it 2-2 in the fifth.

Washington starter Jordan Zimmermann walked Fred Lewis with the bases loaded to give the Reds a 3-2 lead.

Zimmermann, making what is expected to be his final start of the season, allowed six hits and three runs with one walk and six strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings. He had made 25 starts and pitched 161 1/3 innings in his first full season since undergoing Tommy John surgery in August 2009.

Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, 3 for 25 (.120) over his previous six games, didn't start for the Nationals, but he tied it in the eighth by driving in Espinosa from second base with a two-out, pinch-hit single off Aroldis Chapman.

Werth singled in the ninth inning to give the Nationals the lead, but Alonso tied it with his third home run since being called up from Triple-A Louisville on July 26. Storen has blown five of 39 save opportunities.

"I faced him last week and he came right at me," Alonso said. "I get a lot of work in the cage and I try to stay positive."

Notes

  • Reds 3B Scott Rolen has started taking ground balls and live batting practice and hopes to leave soon on a rehab assignment. He underwent arthroscopic surgery on Aug. 3 to remove bone spurs and fragments from his left shoulder.
  • After a day off Monday in Atlanta, the Nationals will open a three-game series against the Braves with RHP Livan Hernandez making his 36th career start against them, the most by any active pitcher. Milwaukee's Randy Wolf is next with 26 starts.
  • Cincinnati RHP Homer Bailey will make his first career home start Monday against the Phillies after going 0-2 with a 7.00 ERA in four starts at Philadelphia.
 
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With a full count in the bottom of the 14th, Joey Votto sends his second HR of the game into the left-field bleachers.  (Getty Images)
With a full count in the bottom of the 14th, Joey Votto sends his second HR of the game into the left-field bleachers. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Cincinnati

J. Votto
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 2
Washington

R. Ankiel
AB 7
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ian Desmond, SS7220038 .240
Jayson Werth, RF6021020 .231
Rick Ankiel, CF7131022 .240
Michael Morse, LF5010211 .314
Danny Espinosa, 2B6111146 .230
Laynce Nix, 1B3010000 .255
   a- Chris Marrero, PH-1B4020013 .375
Jesus Flores, C6010133 .232
Alex Cora, 3B2010001 .218
   b- Ryan Zimmerman, PH1011000 .298
    Tyler Clippard, P0000000 .000
    Drew Storen, P0000000 .000
   c- Livan Hernandez, PH0000000 .220
    Henry Rodriguez, P1000010 .000
    Collin Balester, P0000000 .000
Jordan Zimmermann, P2010011 .209
    Tom Gorzelanny, P0000000 .111
   d- Jonny Gomes, PH1000012 .211
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
    Sean Burnett, P00000001.000
   e- Brian Bixler, PH-3B3010102 .216
Totals544174519  
a-struck out for Nix in the 8th
b-singled for Cora in the 8th
c-hit a sacrifice bunt for Storen in the 10th
d-struck out for Gorzelanny in the 6th
e-grounded out for Burnett in the 8th
Batting
2B - Michael Morse (31, Arredondo)
3B - Brian Bixler (2, Arredondo)
SH - Livan Hernandez (15), Collin Balester (1)
RBI - Jayson Werth (50), Rick Ankiel (28), Danny Espinosa (58), Ryan Zimmerman (35)
2-OUT RBI - Danny Espinosa (21), Ryan Zimmerman (17)
SB - Ian Desmond (21, 2nd base off Masset/Hanigan)
Team LOB - 17
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Rick Ankiel 1
DP - Espinosa-Nix, Bixler-Marrero
E - Brian Bixler (1, Misplayed grounder), Michael Morse (7, Misplayed grounder)
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jordan Zimmermann 4.1633162 3.18
Tom Gorzelanny 0.2000010 4.37
Todd Coffey 1000110 3.81
Sean Burnett 1200100 4.31
Tyler Clippard 1100020 1.88
Drew Storen (BS,5) 1211021 2.87
Henry Rodriguez 2000420 3.96
Collin Balester (L,1-3) 2311011 3.91
IBB - Votto by Sean Burnett, Votto by Henry Rodriguez
HBP - B. Phillips (by Jordan Zimmermann)
WP - Henry Rodriguez (13)
Pitches-Strikes - Jordan Zimmermann 81-55, Tom Gorzelanny 7-4, Todd Coffey 19-11, Sean Burnett 17-9, Tyler Clippard 19-12, Drew Storen 15-9, Henry Rodriguez 48-20, Collin Balester 36-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jordan Zimmermann 3-3, Tom Gorzelanny 1-0, Todd Coffey 1-1, Sean Burnett 1-1, Henry Rodriguez 2-2, Collin Balester 2-2
Batters Faced - Jordan Zimmermann 20, Tom Gorzelanny 2, Todd Coffey 4, Sean Burnett 5, Tyler Clippard 4, Drew Storen 4, Henry Rodriguez 10, Collin Balester 8
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brandon Phillips, 2B5020120 .297
Fred Lewis, LF2001110 .233
   a- Dave Sappelt, PH-LF4010003 .233
Joey Votto, 1B5222213 .325
Jay Bruce, RF6111018 .262
Todd Frazier, 3B6010030 .231
Drew Stubbs, CF5010121 .251
Ryan Hanigan, C4130211 .270
Paul Janish, SS3000003 .210
   b- Edgar Renteria, PH-SS3000014 .245
Johnny Cueto, P2010010 .049
   c- Miguel Cairo, PH1010000 .271
    Aroldis Chapman, P0000000 .000
    Nick Masset, P0000000 .000
   d- Yonder Alonso, PH1111000 .467
    Logan Ondrusek, P0000000 .000
    Jose Arredondo, P1000010 .500
   e- Dontrelle Willis, PH1000010 .429
    Bill Bray, P0000000 .000
Totals495145715  
a-grounded out for Lewis in the 7th
b-struck out for Janish in the 8th
c-singled for Cueto in the 7th
d-homered for Masset in the 9th
e-struck out for Arredondo in the 13th
Batting
2B - Brandon Phillips (29, Burnett), Dave Sappelt (3, Storen)
HR - Joey Votto 2 (26, Zimmermann, Balester), Jay Bruce (28, Zimmermann), Yonder Alonso (3, Storen)
RBI - Fred Lewis (19), Joey Votto 2 (86), Jay Bruce (85), Yonder Alonso (9)
2-OUT RBI - Joey Votto (27)
SB - Drew Stubbs (34, 3rd base off Rodriguez/Flores)
CS - Drew Stubbs (8, 2nd base by Balester/Flores)
PK - Todd Frazier (1, Zimmermann)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Drew Stubbs 1
DP - Votto-Janish-Cueto, Renteria
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Johnny Cueto 79221110 2.05
Aroldis Chapman (BS,2) 1111120 3.86
Nick Masset 1211020 4.09
Logan Ondrusek 1100200 2.58
Jose Arredondo 3300130 3.24
Bill Bray (W,4-2) 1100010 2.85
IBB - Bixler by Logan Ondrusek
HBP - Werth (by Johnny Cueto), Cora (by Johnny Cueto)
WP - Aroldis Chapman (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Johnny Cueto 119-74, Aroldis Chapman 21-13, Nick Masset 23-17, Logan Ondrusek 21-10, Jose Arredondo 41-28, Bill Bray 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Johnny Cueto 6-2, Aroldis Chapman 1-0, Nick Masset 1-0, Logan Ondrusek 1-1, Jose Arredondo 1-5, Bill Bray 1-1
Batters Faced - Johnny Cueto 31, Aroldis Chapman 5, Nick Masset 5, Logan Ondrusek 5, Jose Arredondo 13, Bill Bray 4
Game Information
Attendance - 28415
Game Time - 5:15
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Chad Fairchild, Third Base - Joe West