In a tie ball game, in the bottom of the 13th, with the bases loaded, Joey Votto headed to the plate looking for something to hit to send the Reds fans home happy.
He did just that.
Votto took a 1-1 four-seamer and hit a deep fly ball into left field to score Jack Hannahan from third and give Cincinnati a 3-2 victory over the San Diego Padres.
The Reds starter, Mike Leake pitched well on the day but it looked ugly early. After a 1-2-3 first inning, a throwing error on a sacrifice fly gave the Padres and early 2-0 lead. Luckily, after the second, Leake only allowed three hits on his way to a seven inning, six hit outing.
The game remained 2-0 in favor of the Padres all afternoon until the eighth inning. Zack Cozart reached base with a one-out single to bring up Xavier Paul, who was pinch-hitting for J.J. Hoover. He tied the game with one swing of the bat and launched the ball into the sun deck in right field to tie the game at two.
"To be able to come back today — and late in the game like that — to help put my team in position to get a win, it makes me feel real good," Paul said after making a crucial error in Saturday's loss.
Aroldis Chapman, Jonathan Broxton, and Logan Ondrusek all pitched in relief. They combined to strike out six batters over three and two-thirds innings. Sam LeCure picked up the win after going an inning and a third.
That's when Votto decided that enough was enough.
"Anybody can win when they're hot and do well when they're hot," said Votto. Winning close ones, the ones where you're forced to play extra innings and play against a competitive team like the Padres, I'm glad we ended up winning this one and win this series and having a better homestand than I think the general perception was of how we've been playing so far."
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