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.
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