With home runs in the ninth inning from Benson and Encarnacion-Strand, the Reds defeated the Nationals, 6-5.

Will Benson and Christian Encarnacion-Strand blasted back-to-back home runs with two outs in the ninth inning to help the Cincinnati Reds win the series 6-5 over the Washington Nationals on Sunday.

Jonathan India's two-out double off Kyle Finnegan (0-1) put Cincinnati behind 5-3. Benson tied it with a first-pitch splitter to center.

After swinging over a low splitter, Encarnacion-Strand blasted an up splitter 387 feet into the left-field seats for his first hit in 13 at-bats this season as the Reds celebrated.

I knew my strategy for all three games. I wasn't executing," Encarnacion-Strand added. “Thinking about hitting the ball hard shrinks everything for me.”

With the Reds down to their last out, India fouled off six pitches before hitting a 96.6 mph fastball down the left field line.

“I watched Jonathan’s at-bat,” Benson added. It allowed me to practice timing. I found a pitch over the plate.”

Before his walk-off hit, Encarnacion-Strand struck out twice and hit into two double plays.

He can always get the big hit or at-bat, said Reds manager David Bell.

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