Reds manager Dusty Baker was going to send Ryan Ludwick home, but the outfielder sent Baker home with a win instead.
Dan Haren and Bronson Arroyo made solid starts, and Ludwick's two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Cincinnati a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday.
Ludwick was sent home on Tuesday because he felt nauseous. Baker intended to give him another day away from the team, but Ludwick showed up and talked him out of it.
''He wanted to play,'' Baker said. ''I was going to send him home. He said he felt better. I sent him (Tuesday) to quarantine him so the other guys wouldn't get sick.''
Ludwick, trying to win playing time in left field, homered in the ninth off Loek Van Mil, who also walked Chris Heisey.
Haren threw 90 pitches in 5 2-3 innings for the Angels, allowing two runs and nine hits. He struck out two.
He has one more start to shake off a ''dead arm'' to get ready for the season.
''My arm felt a little bit dead,'' Haren...