These really are the dog days of August for the Nationals. Despite going 14 innings with the Cincinnati Reds, it was a Joey Votto walk-off home run that dropped the Nationals 5-4 with the six straight loss.
Votto connected on a full-count fastball and lifted the homer into the first row of seats in left field, ending the game in the bottom of the 14th off the Nats’ Collin Balester.
The Nationals had a chance to end the losing streak after going up 4-3 in the top off the ninth off a Jayson Werth RBI single, but Nats closer Drew Storen gave up a solo shot to pinch-hitting rookie Yonder Alonso, who crushed a home run to right field to lead off the bottom of the ninth.
Jordan Zimmerman who was placed on a 160 inning season limit, made his final start of the season and pitched 4.1 Innings and gave up three runs. Zimmerman is coming off Tommy John surgery and finished the season with an outstanding 3.18 ERA.
Washington has Monday off, and will start a three game series with the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday.