Final Score: Washington 7, Cincinnati 6 (11 innings)
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Ian Desmond and Wilson Ramos each homered in
the top of the 11th inning, and the Washington Nationals held on to beat the
Cincinnati Reds, 7-6, at Great American Ball Park.
The Reds launched six home runs while opening this three-game series with a
15-0 drubbing Friday night. On Saturday afternoon, it was the Nationals' turn
to display their power as they went yard five times.
Desmond took Cincinnati reliever J.J. Hoover (0-2) deep to left field to begin
the 11th. One out later, Ramos crushed his second home run of the game, a
drive over the center-field wall to put the Nationals up 7-5. The Washington
catcher also belted a two-run blast off Reds starter Mike Leake in the sixth.
Craig Stammen (1-0) struck out the first two Cincinnati batters in the bottom
of the 11th before Joey Votto walked and scored on a double by Brandon
Phillips. Stammen, however, fanned Jay Bruce on three pitches to end the
The Nationals overcame blowing a 5-1 lead they carried into the eighth.
Cincinnati pushed two runs across in the inning, then pulled even in the ninth
against new Washington closer Rafael Soriano.
"Good job battling back by our guys," Leake said.
Drew Storen struck out Votto to open the eighth, but three straight hits
produced a run, with Phillips scoring on Todd Frazier's single.
With two outs, Devin Mesoraco hit a grounder that eluded the shortstop Desmond
and the costly error allowed Bruce to race home to make it 5-3. A throwing
error by left fielder Bryce Harper put runners on second and third, but Storen
fanned pinch-hitter Xavier Paul to end the frame. Paul had come off the bench
to hit a grand slam on Friday.
Shin-Soo Choo greeted Soriano with a leadoff home run to right field, and
Votto nearly tied the game with an opposite-field shot. His drive off the top
of the left-field wall resulted in a one-out triple and he scored on a Soriano
"I thought (Soriano) made some pretty good pitches and missed and then he had
to get the ball out over the plate and got hit hard," Washington manager Davey
Harper smashed a two-run homer off Leake in the third inning.
The Reds put the leadoff hitter on base four consecutive innings from the
second, but Washington starter Ross Detwiler surrendered just an unearned run.
Phillips led off the fourth by reaching second base on Desmond's errant throw
and scored on a Frazier double.
Jayson Werth's leadoff homer off Cincinnati's Sam LeCure put the Nationals up
by four runs in the seventh.
Werth and Frazier each had three hits ... Ramos notched the second multi-homer
game of his career ... Choo has homered in three straight games ... The Reds
have established a franchise record for strikeouts in the first five games of
a season with 52 ... Cincinnati was 4-for-17 with runners in scoring position
and left 11 men on base.
04/06 20:20:59 ET
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