Washington 7, Cincinnati 3

Boxscore | Recap
Friday, May 11, 2012 7:10 PM
Location - Great American Ball Park
Temperature - 72°
Umpires - Home Plate - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Tim Timmons,
Attendance - 37255

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Washington 3 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 7 12 0
Cincinnati 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 3 9 0

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Washington 20-12 12-4 8-8 W2
Cincinnati 16-15 8-7 8-8 L1

Recap


Nationals 7, Reds 3: Roger Bernadina homered and drove in three runs and Danny Espinosa also went deep as Washington opened a three-game series with its second straight victory.

Adam LaRoche went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Ryan Zimmerman collected three hits for the Nationals, who have won six of nine.

Bernadina gave Washington a quick lead, following Ian Desmond's game-opening single with his second home run of the season. Two batters later, LaRoche plated Zimmerman with a double for a 3-0 advantage.

Bernadina hit an RBI single in the second and Espinosa belted a two-run shot off Reds starter Mike Leake in the third. LaRoche added a run-scoring single in the fourth to make it 7-0.

Gio Gonzalez (4-1) allowed two runs and five hits over five innings in his shortest outing since a 3 2/3-inning performance at Chicago in his season debut on April 7. The left-hander, who struck out a season-high nine, has yielded two runs or less in each of his last six outings.

Leake (0-5) lasted just three frames, surrendering six runs and seven hits.

Jay Bruce had two hits and an RBI for Cincinnati, which returned home from a 4-2 road trip.

GAME NOTEBOOK
: Leake has allowed five runs or more in four of his last five starts. ... Washington's first four hitters in the lineup registered nine of its 12 hits. ... Nationals phenom Bryce Harper went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts and suffered a cut near his left eye after smashing a bat in the tunnel leading to the clubhouse and having part of it hit him in the face.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Washington   Cincinnati
Gio Gonzalez Player Mike Leake
Win W/L Loss
5.0 IP 3.0
9 Strikeouts 3
5 Hits 7
3.60 ERA 18.00
Hitting
Washington   Cincinnati
Ryan Zimmerman Player Jay Bruce
3 Hits 2
0 RBI 1
0 HR 0
3 TB 3
.750 Avg .500

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Washington 12 2 19 .316 16 12 7 2 2 0
Cincinnati 9 0 11 .257 25 13 3 5 1 0

Upcoming Games

  • Cincinnati will play their next game at home against Washington. The Reds have a W/L % of .412 after a win and .643 after a loss.
  • Washington will play their next game on the road against Cincinnati. The Nationals have a W/L % of .737 after a win and .462 after a loss.