Nats launch 5 HRs, get by Reds in extras

5:00 PM, Apr 6, 2013   |    comments
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Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Ian Desmond and Wilson Ramos each homered in the top of the 11th inning, and the Washington Nationals held on to beat the Cincinnati Reds, 7-6, at Great American Ball Park.

The Reds launched six home runs while opening this three-game series with a 15-0 drubbing Friday night. On Saturday afternoon, it was the Nationals' turn to display their power as they went yard five times.

Desmond took Cincinnati reliever J.J. Hoover (0-2) deep to left field to begin the 11th. One out later, Ramos crushed his second home run of the game, a drive over the center-field wall to put the Nationals up 7-5. The Washington catcher also belted a two-run blast off Reds starter Mike Leake in the sixth.

Craig Stammen (1-0) struck out the first two Cincinnati batters in the bottom of the 11th before Joey Votto walked and scored on a double by Brandon Phillips. Stammen, however, fanned Jay Bruce on three pitches to end the contest.

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