Posted May 13, 2012 on AP on Fox
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Joey Votto hit a grand slam in the ninth inning for his third home run of the game, rallying the Cincinnati Reds to a rain-delayed 9-6 victory over the Washington Nationals on Sunday. Votto hit solo homers in his first two at-bats and finished a big day with his second career slam with two outs in the ninth. Washington came into the game with only 15 homers allowed all season, fewest in the majors. Votto broke out of his power drought and helped the Reds avoid a sweep with three perfect swings. The last one came against struggling closer Henry Rodriguez (1-3), who had trouble with his control on the wet mound. Rodriguez walked two batters to load the bases with two outs, then left a 2-2 pitch up and over the plate to Votto. The 2010 NL MVP hadn't homered since April 30 and had only two coming into the game. He finished with a career-high six RBI and the second three-homer game of his career. Sean Marshall (1-2) got the win at the end of a long day. The start was delayed 3 h...
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