WAS SHINGTON (AP) – Brian Dozier stepped up the dugout piggyback ride to celebrate his 17th home run and Juan Soto hit another deck shot for his 25th as both returned to the lineup, with Ro Ross scoring his scoreless 17/3. The innings stretched and Washington citizens beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-1 on Tuesday night.
Ross (-3–3) allowed one run and five hits in his 2 2/3 innings; The run came when the final batter faced off, Jose Iglesias giving an RBI single. Still, Ross is now responsible for consistent innings without making the Nationals a big pitcher this season – and he's on the staff that includes Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasberg and Patrick Corbin.
Nearby Sean Doolittle landed with five appearances in seven games – citing fatigue after defending on Monday – Daniel Hudson found the last four stones, tucking Tucker Bernhardt out with the men on the corner to end the rain. It was Hudson's third save of 2019 and after Washington joined a trade-deadline deal with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Wurlington won its third consecutive game with a combination of pitching and power hitting, to advance to 19-31 in the NL wild-card standings. One of the highlights of the change is the dance moves after Homer, which was started by midseason acquisition Gerardo Parra, and jumped behind batting practice pitcher Ali Modami for a trip from the fourth dodge, and Dozier took it to a new level.
After Sockett moved a fastball to about 409 feet to the right, his shot made it 3-0 on the left side with a hard turn and two batters came. Soto sat down Monday with a sprained right ankle; Dozier missed two of his starts when he was ill.
All of Washington's runs came on a ball from Alex Wood (1-1), who went 36 innings allowing two homers in the last two innings.
The Citizens went 1-0 up in the first after putting runners on the corner with one out. Soto entered the inning-ending double play, but Joey Votto stepped up to first base before reaching the second spot in the final, so Victor Robles hit a home run after tying Anthony Rendon in the second.
Robles threw a runner-up for the second straight game, and his assist totaled nine, joining Boston's Jackie Bradley Jr. for the league's lead in center fielders. He is also the highest in the season by the National Sinners fielder since moving to Washington in 2005.
Arrives at Galvis
INF Freddy Galvis singles as pinch hitter in ninth. He was added to the Cincinnati roster one day after claiming to have received a pardon from Toronto. B-Brian Ogra was substituted for Triple-A Louisville.
Returned to Holland
RHP Greg Holland v Washington agreed to a minor league deal with Washington after being hired last week by Arizona. Holland also joined the Citizens in last season's Gust.
Reds: RHP Tyler Mahle (left hamstring strain) is to throw two innings in a rehab start at Triple-A Louisville on Friday.
Citizens: Schirzer, with an injured back muscle, has been throwing a simulated game since last month on the IL, facing Ryan Zimmerman, Howie Kendrick and Parra. Manager Dave Martinez said Scherzer threw 31 pitches in the bullpen, followed by 32 batters – on his way to the throat, while playing the usual admission song of the three-time Cy Young Award winner: "Still D.R.E." Martinez concludes the session: "He said he felt really good. But the whole deal with this injury is his recovery, so we'll see how he feels tomorrow."
The next one
Wednesday’s series final is Strasbourg against Trevor Bauer. Bauer is 1-0 with a 3.09 ERA since coming from Cleveland in the trade for Cincinnati, and is 10-8 with a 3.74 ERA and 200 strikeouts in 168 1/3 innings in 2019. The NL won at Strasbourg 14-5. , Is fourth with 181k and has a 3.72 ERA. He is 3-0 against the Reds in his past four starts.
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