The Washington Nationals were down 4-0 in early in their matchup against the Cincinnati Reds on Friday evening. However, the Nationals offense prevailed and a walk-off single in the 10th inning by Bryce Harper led to a 6-5 victory over the Reds.
Harper was 0-4 with a strikeout before his clutch at-bat. Third baseman Anthony Rendon went 1-2 with a home run and three walks. Daniel Murphy belted a home run into the Nats’ bullpen in the sixth inning, and first baseman Ryan Zimmerman went 2-5.
Outfielder Brian Goodwin had another solid night at the plate, going 3-4 with two home runs. His first home run came in the first inning and he went deep again in the seventh to tie the game.
Stephen Strasburg wasn’t on point in his start for the Nationals. Strasburg gave up five runs on eight hits and five strikeouts. The Nationals’ bullpen only gave up one hit.
Luis Castillo made his first career start for the Reds. Castillo gave up two runs on five hits and walked five batters in five innings of work.
Scooter Gennett went 2-5 with a home run in the first inning. Adam Duvall went 2-4 at the plate, while Joey Votto was 1-4. Speedy centerfielder Billy Hamilton went 0-5.
Nationals are now 44-29.
HERE’S HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Strasburg struck out Billy Hamilton before Scooter Gennett homered to right field. Strasburg got into more trouble after back-to-back hits by Votto and Duvall to put runners on second and third with one out.
- Scott Schebler hit a sacrifice fly and Devin Mesoraco hit a RBI single to give the Reds a 3-0 lead with two outs in the top of the first inning. Jose Peraza singled to center, which gave the Reds a 4-0 advantage.
- Castillo struck out Turner for his first MLB strikeout of his career.
- SEE YOU LATER! Goodwin hit a home run to cut the deficit to 4-1. Zimmerman hit a two-out single.
- Strasburg kept the Reds hitless in the second inning.
- Schebler hit a two-out double to the right field corner in the top half of the third inning.
- Mesoraco drove in Schebler with a RBI single to center. Reds up 5-1.
- Castillo walked Turner, Goodwin, and Harper with one out in the bottom of the third inning. Zimmerman grounded into a double play to end the inning.
- The Red were held scoreless in the fourth inning. Strasburg recorded his third strikeout.
- SEE YOU LATER! Rendon belted a solo home run to center. Nationals down 5-2.
- Strasburg hit two batters to put runners on first and second with one out in the fifth inning. Strasburg got out of trouble by striking out Castillo to end the inning.
- Turner hit a infield single then stole second for his 28th stolen base of the season. The Nationals blew an opportunity to put a dent in the Reds’ lead when Harper fouled out, and Zimmerman hit into a double play.
- Matt Grace came out of the bullpen to pitch the sixth inning.
- Strasburg’s line: 5.0 IP, 5 ER, 8 H, 2 BB, 5 SO, 5/5 GO/FO
- Grace only threw five pitches in the sixth to keep the score at 5-2.
- Michael Lorenzen took the mound in the bottom of the sixth inning.
- Castillo’s line: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 5 SO, 6/0 GO/FO
- SEE YOU LATER! Murphy hit a leadoff home run to cut the deficit to 5-3. Rendon walked for the second time and Wieters singled.
- Stephen Drew hit a sacrifice fly to make it a 5-4 game.
- SEE YOU LATER! Goodwin hit his second home run of the game. Game tied at 5-5 in the seventh inning.
- Enny Romero kept the Reds scoreless in the ninth inning.
- Zimmerman hit a one-out single, which put the winning run on base. Rendon walked with two out, but Wieters struck out swinging. The game went into extra innings.
- Reds’ closer Raisel Iglesias struck out two batters in a row before Turner hit a single to right in the 10th. Goodwin singled to advance Turner to third base.
- BALL GAME! Harper hit a walk-off single to beat the Reds, 6-5
Nationals are now 44-29