Washington's offense collected 12 hits off Cincinnati pitching, but Nats pitching gave up 13 hits, which underscored ace Livan Hernandez and the bullpen's struggles. However, the Nats fought back and scored two in the eighth to tie it, but reliever Mike Stanton gave up three runs in the bottom half to give the lead right back.
After collecting just three hits the night before, the Reds banged out 13 hits, none bigger than Scott Hatteberg's two-run double in the eighth inning that gave Cincinnati the lead for good. The offensive explosion came at a perfect time after the bullpen gave up the lead in the eighth inning, spoiling a solid outing by starter Aaron Harang.
BATTING 2B: Phillips (7, Bergmann), Kearns (12, Stanton), Hatteberg (7, Stanton). HR: Dunn (13, 1st inning off Hernandez, 1 on, 1 out). TB: Freel; Lopez 2; Dunn 4; Kearns 5; Hatteberg 3; Phillips 3; Olmedo. RBI: Dunn 2 (26), Phillips 2 (25), Kearns 2 (24), Olmedo (2), Hatteberg 2 (8). 2-out RBI: Phillips; Kearns 2. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Harang 3; Encarnacion 3; Lopez; Weathers. S: Phillips. SF: Phillips. Team LOB: 13.
BASERUNNING SB: Lopez 4 (15, 2nd base off Hernandez/Schneider, 2nd base off Hernandez/Schneider, 2nd base off Eischen/Schneider, 2nd base off Hernandez/Schneider), Freel 2 (10, 2nd base off Hernandez/Schneider, 3rd base off Eischen/Schneider).