WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 15: Ryan Ludwick walks off the field with teammates Zack Cozart, Scott Rolen, and Jay Bruce after hitting a grand slam against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on April 15, 2012 in Washington, DC. In honor of Jackie Robinson Day, all players across Major League Baseball will wear number 42. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Reds Vs. Nationals: Joey Votto's Double In 11th Ruins Washington's Sweep Chance

The Nationals come back from a 5-0 deficit, but fall 8-5 in 11 innings.

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Nationals Vs. Reds Final Score: Joey Votto Double In 11th Gives Cincinnati 8-5 Victory

Although the Nationals were able to overcome a 5-0 deficit, the Cincinnati Reds got the last laugh, as Joe Votto's 11th inning double gave the Red Legs a 8-5 victory at Nationals Park Sunday afternoon. After trailing 5-3 after five innings, the Nationals continued to chip away at the lead, thanks to the hitting of Ian Desmond.

Desmond knocked a double in the fifth inning to make the score 5-4, then tied it up with an RBI single in the 7th. He finished the day 3-for-5.

The two teams then headed to extra innings, but the deadlock was broken by Reds first baseman Joey Votto. His laser-shot double scored two runs to make the score 7-5. Scott Rolen added an RBI single for insurance before the Reds shut the Nats down in the bottom of the 11th.

Nationals starter allowed five runs (one earned) in his five innings of work. Tyler Clippard picked up the loss after allowing three runs on four hits in the 11th.

The Nationals return to action on Monday when they take on the Houston Astros at Nationals Park. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. EST.

For more on this game and all things Washington Nationals baseball, please head over toFederal Baseball. For a view from the other dugout you can check out Red Reporter, SB Nation's Cincinnati Reds blog. For more on this and every Major League Baseball game you can head over to the SB nation MLB hub page.

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