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BY PETER HAILEY
After winning nine consecutive series to tie a franchise record, the Nationals took a step back over the weekend by getting swept by the Reds.
It had been a month since the Nationals last dropped two games in a row, not to mention a series, so the events of the last 48 hours have come as a bit of a shock.
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Joey Votto hit a two-run homer -- his second in two days -- and Zack Cozart doubled with the bases loaded in the eighth inning on Saturday, rallying the Cincinnati Reds to an 8-