Friday, April 5, 2013

Reds smash six home runs to send Nationals to first loss of season


The Washington Nationals rolled into Cincinnati on Friday as the last undefeated team in the majors. By late Friday night, they could no longer make that claim.

The Reds absolutely crushed the visiting Nats in every facet of the game at Great American Ball Park. The final score read 15-0 before the proverbial massacre finally ceased.

Here is a recap of some the notable highlights...

+ Cincinnati's offense pounded out 19 hits.

+ Zack Cozart and Todd Frazier crushed two home runs a piece.

+ Cozart finished with five RBIs.

+ Frazier finished with four RBIs on the strength of a 4-for-4 outing.

+ Joey Votto (3), Brandon Phillips (2), and Jay Bruce (2) each had multi-hit games.

+ Shin-Soo Choo launched a solo homer -- his second of the year.

+ Xavier Paul hit a pinch-hit grand slam as part of a seven-run seventh inning.

+ Homer Bailey allowed two hits in six innings of work.

+ Manny Parra and J.J. Hoover combined to toss three scoreless innings of relief.

+ The Reds have won three straight after losing on Opening Day.

+ Reds starters have delivered four quality starts in four games.

+ Bryce Harper was held hitless in four trips to the dish.

The Reds and Nats tangle again for game two of the series Saturday afternoon.

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