Votto has big hit in 11th, leads Reds over Nats

Joey Votto hit a two-run double in the 11th inning Sunday and the Cincinnati Reds avoided a four-game sweep with an 8-5 victory over the Washington Nationals on Sunday.

The Reds, who had scored just 10 runs in losing five of six, scored their most runs in a game this season.

Drew Stubbs, who had been 1 for 15 in the series, singled off Tyler Clippard (1-1) to open the 10th. After Wilson Valdez tried unsuccessfully to bunt, Zack Cozart singled — his third of the game — and Votto, who was walked intentionally his previous two at-bats, doubled to left on a 2-0 count. Scott Rolen followed with an RBI single.

Jose Arredondo (1-0), the fourth Cincinnati pitcher, threw a scoreless 10th. Sean Marshall worked the 11th for his first save of the season.