National League Game Summary - Washington at Cincinnati|
(Friday, May 11th)
Final Score: Washington 7, Cincinnati 3
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - The Washington Nationals scored seven runs
in the first four innings and held on for a 7-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds
in opener of a three-game weekend set Friday.
Roger Bernadina hit a two-run homer and drove in three, Danny Espinosa
launched another two-run shot and Adam LaRoche added two RBI as Washington won
its second in a row on the heels of a three-game losing streak.
Gio Gonzalez (4-1) went five innings, allowing two runs on five hits and four
walks while fanning a season-high nine batters, including six straight at one
Mike Leake (0-5) was touched for six runs on seven hits over just three
frames. Jay Bruce had two hits, an RBI and a run scored in the losing effort.
"I'm just not getting the job done. I'm just missing spots, not getting spots.
I've just got to figure it out," said Leake.
The Nationals put up runs in each of the first four innings.
After Ian Desmond began the game with a single, Bernadina battled Leake until
the righty left his 10th pitch of the at-bat over the middle of the plate.
Bernadina smashed it over the wall in right.
Ryan Zimmerman then walked and came around to score on Adam LaRoche's double
to push Washington's lead to three before Cincinnati came to bat. It was
Zimmerman's 500th career run scored.
Wilson Ramos singled to open the second, moved to second on Gonzalez's bunt
and was plated on Bernadina's base hit.
An inning later, LaRoche worked a walk before Espinosa belted Leake's first
offering into the right-field seats.
"I knew I hit it hard. I didn't really watch it, I just knew I got it good,"
LaRoche recorded another RBI hit in the fourth, plating Desmond.
The Reds finally got on the board in the home fourth on Bruce's sacrifice fly
that brought home Joey Votto, and pulled within five runs an inning later on
Zack Cozart's run-scoring single.
Both sides were quiet from that point until Cincinnati's half of the eighth,
which began with two singles before Ryan Ludwick brought home Bruce with a
single to left. Cozart struck out with the bases loaded, preventing a big
Nationals reliever Sean Burnett got three straight outs after a leadoff bunt
single in the ninth inning to preserve his 0.00 earned run average.
Zimmerman recorded three hits for the first time this season...Bryce Harper
(0-for-5) was the only starting Nationals position player who did not get a
hit. He also suffered a cut above his eye after the bat hit him while he swung
it in frustration after an out...Gonzalez has not allowed a home run yet this
season. He has pitched 19 innings against the Reds in has career and only
allowed two earned runs...Burnett has pitched 8 2/3 scoreless innings this
05/12 01:37:35 ET