Nats Crush Reds 18-3

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By Michael Marzzacco

The Nationals flat out dominated the Reds from the opening pitch to the final out in an 18-3 rout on Saturday afternoon at Nationals Park. Trea Turner set a career-high with five hits, Michael Taylor homered twice, Ryan Zimmerman finished 2-for-3 with two RBI’s, and Daniel Murphy drove in four runs.

Joe Ross had a decent start on the mound going seven innings allowing just one run on six hits with five strikeouts. The bullpen was able to complete the final two innings and only allowed two runs, both by Joe Blanton in the eighth. Jacob Turner completed the ninth to steal the game.

The Nats scored two runs in the first with a two-RBI double by Zimmerman.

The Nationals broke the game open with a six-run second. With Taylor on second, Turner drove him home with a line drive base hit to right field. Brian Goodwin and Zimmerman each drew walks to load the bases and Murphy drove them all home with a bases-clearing double to the right field corner. Anthony Rendon followed by doubling home Murphy with a hit down the left field line. Matt Wieters had an RBI single of his own with a base hit into right field. He tried to stretch it into a double but he was out at second base to end the inning.

In the fourth, Wieters got another RBI single to right field that scored Zimmerman and Rendon. Rendon crossed the plate on a throwing error by Reds right fielder Scott Shebler. That put the Nats up 10-0. Taylor added two more with a two-run shot to straightaway center. In the fifth, Murphy brought Turner home with a sacrifice fly to left field. In the sixth, Taylor hit his second homer of the afternoon into the seats in right-center field.

The Nats added four more runs in the eighth. With two on, Turner singled to right to score Taylor. Goodwin followed with a double to the big wall right field that scored Difo. The Nats would load the bases and Adam Lind nearly hit a grand slam, however the ball was deep enough to the right field warning track that allowed Turner to score. Jose Lobaton then hit a sac fly to right field that scored Goodwin.

SCENES FROM NATS PARK

 

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