Monday's Babelicious Scoreboard

Javier Valentin hit a pinch-hit two-run shot in the Nats' eighth inning rally.
Two of the National League's crappiest teams: one had to win.

Consecutive RBI doubles in the first inning by Ryan Zimmerman (who also homered later in the fourth) and Dmitri Young followed by a Brian Schneider two-run single had the Washington Nationals (16-29) sitting on a comfy 4-0 lead over the Cincinnati Reds (18-27) to kick off the game.

Austin Kearns then hit a two-run bomb the next inning to bust the game wide open. Washington starter Bronson Arroyo was replaced after using 94 pitches over the first two innings.

On a normal day, with the Reds already down by six runs this early, you'd expect a loss. Not yesterday! They fought back. It was ugly, but they got their fifth win in nineteen games thanks to a crazy eighth inning.

Down 7-6, Scott Hatteberg got lucky when Kearns and Nook Logan let his fly ball drop for an RBI double - his second double of the game, which included a home run in the second. Javier Valentin then hit the fifth pinch-hit homer of his career for the go-ahead run.

Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 572nd career homer in the bottom of the third, now just one behind for eighth on the All-time list. The same inning, Hatteberg and Alex Gonzalez hit back-to-back RBI doubles.

Jon Coutlangus retired the four batters he faced, and David Weathers finished for his ninth save in 10 chances.

Levale Speigner lasted only 3 innings for the Nats, giving up five runs on 7 hits. John Rauch was handed the loss and the blown save, his second of the season.

  • Red Sox 2, Yankees 6

  • Mariners 2, Indians 5

  • Twins 4, Rangers 14

  • Athletics 5, White Sox 8

  • Blue Jays 7, Orioles 13

  • Rockies 5, Diamondbacks 6

  • Brewers 9, Dodgers 5

  • Astros 0, Giants 4

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