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The Juice: Joey Votto’s slam ends it in Cincinnati, Giancarlo Stanton does the same in Miami

Kevin Kaduk
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Grand Gesture: Cincinnati star Joey Votto picked a convenient time to have his best game of the season, hitting a walk-off grand slam off Washington's Henry Rodriguez for a 9-6 victory at Great American Ballpark on Sunday afternoon. Votto slugged a total of three home runs on the rainy day, more than doubling his previous season total — he came into the day with just two homers over 141 plate appearances all season — and helping the Reds to avoid a weekend sweep.

''Everybody talks about how he's treading water,'' teammate Drew Stubbs said. ''Then he has a game like that. He wasn't far from hitting five. Hopefully, he's back to what he used to be.''

According to our pals over at Elias, Votto is the first person in baseball history to hit a walk-off grand slam for his third homer of the day. He's also the fourth player to hit three homers in a game this season, joining Curtis Granderson, Ryan Braun and Josh Hamilton (who hit four).

Grand Gesture, Part Two: Miami's Giancarlo Stanton also got into the walk-off grand slam act on Sunday, belting one off Frank Francisco in an 8-4 victory over the New York Mets. It was just his second homer in the spacious environs of the new Marlins Park and the first one he didn't have to worry about clearing the wall.

''That's one of those no-doubters,'' Stanton told reporters after the game. ''It's good I could stand and watch it.''

Hit the road, Halos: Jered Weaver had a terrible night in Arlington, giving up 10 hits and eight runs in 3 1/3 innings of work in the Angels' 13-6 loss to the Rangers. But he did show that he can carry a tune, memorably singing along to "Hit The Road Jack" as he walked off the mound. Watch it here:

Terrific trip: There aren't many teams playing better baseball than the Atlanta Braves, who completed a three-game sweep of the Cardinals with a 7-4 win at Busch Stadium. The Atlanta offense scored 23 runs over the three games, which finished off a 7-2 road trip that saw the team score a total of 56 runs. They'll now return home for a pair of two-game series against Cincinnati and Miami.

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Quote of the Day: "It's been a little bit scary, not knowing how my hamstring would hold up. I think I just need to let it heal for a little bit. I don't know how much time that's going to take." — Dodgers star Matt Kemp, after leaving an 11-5 win over Colorado. He'll undergo an MRI on Monday.

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Photo of the Day: Real men wear pink

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Milwaukee's Nyjer Morgan was one of countless players to use pink equipment on Sunday. The Mother's Day tradition began in 2006 as a way to raise money for breast cancer research.

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Three Facts for the Water Cooler

• The Cubs had lost 10 straight games in Milwaukee before an 8-2 win on Sunday.

• Andy Pettitte had his name repeatedly chanted during the Bleacher Creatures' "Roll Call," which normally only recognizes position players at the beginning of games at Yankee Stadium. The left-hander gave up four runs and seven hits in his return to the mound for the first time since 2010 as the Yankees fell 6-2 to Seattle.

• Twins starters entered Sunday's game with a 6.57 ERA, bad enough to qualify as the worst in baseball. Fortunately,  it got a bit of a positive boost as Scott Diamond pitched seven shutout innings in a 4-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

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