Joey Votto gets a special walk-off grand slam greeting from his Cincinnati Reds teammates (Al Behrman / AP)

Joey Votto was joking about his walk-off grand slam home run against the Washington Nationals being something out of “The Natural,” but it was really more a matter of returning to MVP form. Or ... Josh Hamilton form.

Votto, the 2010 National League MVP, hadn’t hit a home run since April 30 (after getting a fat, new contract) and had all of two for the season coming into Sunday’s game against the Nationals. He added three home runs, though, on Sunday, including the grand slam that gave the Cincinnati Reds a 9-6 victory, and had a career-best six RBI.

“I thought it was going to hit the light standard and everything was going to come down,” Votto joked (via Cincinnati.com).

Don’t alert the Hollywood scriptwriters just yet. Not when Hamilton is hitting four home runs in a game and, over the last seven games, has nine homers and 18 RBI. Reds Manager Dusty Baker isn’t forgetting the guy in Texas.

“That’s as good a day as you’ll see, probably outside of Josh Hamilton over there in Texas,” Baker said.

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According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only Frank Howard and Shawn Green have have at least nine home runs and 15 RBI over a six-game span. In Texas’ 13-6 victory over the Angels on Sunday, he was 3-for-5 with three RBI.


Joe Votto’s grand-slam swing. (Al Behrman / AP/AP)

“The only approach I have each day is do my work and try to have a good game.”

Unquestionably, Hamilton is on the hotter streak, but whose one-game performance is more impressive: Hamilton’s four-dinger day or Votto’s three dingers (with a walk-off grand slam)?

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