MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Cincinnati0 0 0 1 0 3 1 0 2 7130
Washington0 0 1 0 10 6 0 0 x 17170
  W: S. Strasburg (15-5)   L: T. Bauer (1-1)   S: J. Guerra (1)
1:05 PM PT2:05 PM MT3:05 PM CT4:05 PM ET16:05 ET20:05 GMT4:05 1:05 PM MST3:05 PM EST3:35 PM VEN0:05 UAE (+1)3:05 PM CT, August 14, 2019
Nationals Park, Washington, District of Columbia  Attendance: 23,596

With bats back, Nats try for sweep of Reds

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Cincinnati Reds at Washington Nationals

  1. Washington took two of three in Cincinnati and has gone 14-3 against the Reds since 2017. This is tied for the fourth-best record (LAD vs. NYM) by any team versus a single opponent in this span (min. 10 GP).
  2. The Nationals have won six straight series against the Reds. This is tied for their fourth-longest streak versus any opponent since moving to Washington in 2005, trailing only seven-series streaks versus the Diamondbacks (2012-15) and two against the Mets (2011-12, 2013-14).
  3. The Reds have either won or tied six straight series dating back to July 22, tied with the Mets for the longest active streak in the National League. Cincinnati last won or tied seven consecutive series in 2014 (from June 6-29).
  4. Aristides Aquino has a 1.125 slugging percentage through 11 career games, the highest mark in the live-ball era (since 1920, min. 30 PA). His seven home runs through 11 games is tied for the most in the live-ball era with Trevor Story (2016).
  5. Anthony Rendon picked up four hits and scored two runs in his team's win over the Mets yesterday. It was his 20th game with multiple hits and multiple runs this season, trailing only Rafael Devers (23) and Javier Baez (22) league-wide.
  6. Washington's starter ERA of 3.58 ranks third in MLB while Cincinnati's 3.82 mark ranks fifth. Monday's starters, Anthony DeSclafani (Cin) and Erick Fedde (Was) both have a 4.20 ERA this season. DeSclafani owns a 2.17 career ERA versus the Nationals (seven games, four starts).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/12/2019 thru 8/14/2019
(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

The Washington Nationals continue to feast on home cooking as they strengthen their grasp on the top wild-card spot in the National League.

Winners of six of eight overall and 26 of their last 39 home contests, the Nationals bid to continue that success on Wednesday when they vie for a three-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds.

Washington received a boost with the respective returns to the starting lineup of Juan Soto and Brian Dozier, who each belted a solo homer in the fourth inning of Tuesday's 3-1 victory.

Soto, who has four homers in his last five contests, returned following a one-game absence after sustaining an ankle injury in Sunday's 7-4 win over the New York Mets.

"He checked all the boxes," Nationals manager Dave Martinez said of the 20-year-old Soto. "We got him on the field, he ran angles. He turned like he was running the bases. The biggest thing was the turns. He said he felt great.

"He was bugging me (Monday) to go in the game and I told him to just sit down and relax. But he was not happy that he had to sit and watch. He kept bugging to pinch-hit and I was like, 'Just sit down, OK? You'll be fine.'"

Dozier, who has been nursing an illness, appeared to be feeling just fine after he followed up his 17th homer by jumping on the back of a teammate for a piggyback ride in the dugout.

The 32-year-old's comments after the game painted a different picture, however.

"Stomach's still turning a little bit," Dozier said. "Body aches are gone and I'm keeping stuff inside my body longer. But headache's good. Chills are great."

Washington aims to ride the back of right-hander Stephen Strasburg (14-5, 3.72 ERA) in the series finale.

Strasburg has cooled a bit after winning seven straight starts, as the 31-year-old was gouged for nine runs in an 18-7 shellacking by Arizona on Aug. 3 before surrendering three runs in seven innings six days later in a no-decision against the New York Mets.

Strasburg, who is bidding for his career high-tying 15th win of a season, boasts a 4-1 mark with a 4.01 ERA in nine career starts versus Cincinnati.

Joey Votto, who is riding a five-game hitting streak, has been a thorn in the side of both Strasburg and the Nationals. The 35-year-old is 6-for-18 with a pair of homers in his career against the hurler and is 4-for-6 with three walks in the series.

Jesse Winker had two hits on Tuesday to improve to 3-for-8 in the series for the Reds, who have lost three in a row overall and 13 of their last 15 versus the Nationals.

"Really, anything goes in these kind of games," the 25-year-old Winker said, per the Cincinnati Enquirer. "You're close. You're in it. The ball just doesn't bounce your way. It's just part of it."

Cincinnati right-hander Trevor Bauer (10-8, 3.74) aims to ride the momentum of a sterling start in his home debut with his new club into Wednesday's outing.

Bauer allowed one run on three hits with 11 strikeouts over seven innings in a 5-2 win against the Chicago Cubs on Friday.

The 28-year-old yielded just four hits over 6 1/3 scoreless innings in his lone career start against Washington, a win in 2016 while he was with the Cleveland Indians.

--Field Level Media

Updated August 14, 2019

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