Originally written on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 4/16/12
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You never want to make too much of a game in mid-April, but the Reds badly needed their 8-5, 11-inning win over the Washington Nationals on Sunday. The Reds had lost the previous three in the series and blew a 5-0 lead Sunday. "We would have liked to split the series," first baseman Joey Votto said. "We would have liked to win that long game (Friday). But you take what you can get this time of year. That sounds like a pathetic approach. But it really is an odd time of the year." The game was 4-0, thanks to Ryan Ludwick's grand slam, before the Nationals came to bat. The home run was Ludwick's first as a Red. "In my opinion, this is a huge win," Ludwick said. "We walk out of here getting swept, it's totally different feeling. They came back. Then Joey gets a big hit late. It's just a big win, a really, really big win." The Reds won it in the 11th, thanks largely to a two-run double by Votto. The Nats walked Votto in the seventh and ninth with runners in scoring position. Both ti...
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