The Reds get their first dramatic win of 2024 with Encarnacion-Strand walk-off

CINCINNATI (WXIX) – The Cincinnati Reds had about a dozen different opportunities to start their season with a series win. But facing a Washington Nationals team that has one of the worst rosters in baseball, the Reds almost let back-to-back games slip away.

When Christian Encarnacion-Strand hit into a critical double play in the seventh inning, when shortstop Elly De La Cruz struck out in the eighth and when relievers Buck Farmer and Tejay Antone struggled to find their footing, it looked like the Reds were going to drop a very winnable series.

But then the Reds had their first big, dramatic win of 2024. Will Benson hit a game-tying homer in the ninth, and Christian Encarnacion-Strand walked it off for a 6-5 win.

Reds starting pitcher Nick Martinez allowed three runs in five innings, but the Reds were still in a good spot heading into the seventh inning. With the score tied, Buck Farmer allowed a home run to Nationals No. 9 hitter Trey Lipscomb. One inning later, Reds reliever Tejay Antone allowed a double and two walks, which set up a chance for the Nationals to take a 5-3 lead.

The Reds kept the score close but couldn’t break through until the ninth inning. Down to their last chance, the Reds’ deep lineup provided some heroics.

This report is from our media partner Cincinnati Enquirer.

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