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Guillen, Nationals go deep off Reds

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CINCINNATI -- Alfonso Soriano wasn't sure what pitch he hit out of Great American Ball Park.

"It was either a changeup or a fastball. I didn't have time to look at it," Soriano said. "It was in the middle of the plate and I got good contact."

Whatever it was, it traveled an estimated 492 feet, the fourth-longest drive at the home run friendly ballpark, and it was the last of the Washington Nationals' season-high five homers in a 7-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.

"Any time you hit the ball out, it's a good swing, but some are better than others," Washington manager Frank Robinson said. "Soriano's would have been out of the Grand Canyon."

Tony Armas Jr. allowed two hits as he pitched into the seventh inning. Jose Guillen homered twice and drove in three runs, and Ryan Zimmerman and Matthew LeCroy added solo drives for Washington.

"Right now, everything is beginning to fall into place, and I feel a lot better," said Guillen, who is 8-of-24 with three home runs and eight RBI in his past six games.

Soriano's ninth-inning drive off Brian Shackelford, his 10th, was only the fifth ball to clear the batter's eye in straight-away center field at Great American Ball Park.

Armas (3-2) held the Reds to one hit until he loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh on a single, a walk and a hit batsman. Scott Hatteberg hit a sacrifice fly off Joey Eischen to cut the Washington lead to 6-1 but Gary Majewski relieved Eischen and retired Austin Kearns and Jason LaRue to end the threat.

Armas allowed one run and two hits in six-plus innings. He struck out four and walked one to shut down the NL Central-leading Reds, whose offense is one of the most potent in the league.

"For six innings, he was lights out," Robinson said. "He was nice and easy, locating pitches in the zone and keeping hitters off balance."

Reds starter Brandon Claussen (2-4) allowed 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings and struck out four in his second straight loss.

"He gave us a couple good innings, then gave up way too many hits," Reds manager Jerry Narron said. "At times, I thought he threw real well. At this level, you have to be way more consistent."

Royce Clayton led off the third with a double, went to third on Armas' sacrifice bunt and scored on Marlon Byrd's bloop single.

Zimmerman hit his fifth homer of the season in the fifth inning. Guillen led off the sixth with his fourth homer, and LeCroy hit a drive one out later to make it 4-0 Nationals.

Guillen added a two-run drive off Matt Belisle in the seventh.

"We were in the game until then," Narron said. "That spread it out."

Notes

  • Clayton was 3-of-4.
  • Cincinnati CF Ken Griffey Jr., on the 15-day DL since April 12 with a strained tendon in his right knee, was held out another day.
  • Washington SS Cristian Guzman had season-ending surgery on his right shoulder.
  • Wednesday's starter for Cincinnati, RHP Aaron Harang, turned 28 on Tuesday.
  • Nationals C Brian Schneider, who left Saturday's game with Pittsburgh with tightness in his left hamstring, was expected to return Wednesday.
 
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Tony Armas Jr. strikes out four batters, allows one run and gets his third win of the season (AP)
Tony Armas Jr. strikes out four batters, allows one run and gets his third win of the season (AP)

Players of the Game
Washington

J. Guillen
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 3
Washington

R. Clayton
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Washington Nationals
Marlon Byrd, CF5021012 .268
Jose Vidro, 2B5020021 .339
Alfonso Soriano, LF5211012 .283
Nick Johnson, 1B5000014 .300
Jose Guillen, RF5223010 .245
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4111000 .246
Matt LeCroy, C4121010 .281
Royce Clayton, SS4130001 .248
Tony J. Armas, P2010011 .091
    Joey Eischen, P0000000 .000
    Gary Majewski, P0000000 .000
   a- Marlon Anderson, PH1000001 .133
    Mike Stanton, P0000000 .000
    Jon Rauch, P0000000 .000
Totals4071470812 
a-grounded out for Majewski in the 8th
Batting
2B - Matt LeCroy (3, Belisle), Royce Clayton 2 (7, Claussen, Claussen)
HR - Alfonso Soriano (10, Shackelford), Jose Guillen 2 (5, Claussen, Belisle), Ryan Zimmerman (5, Claussen), Matt LeCroy (1, Claussen)
SH - Tony J. Armas (3)
RBI - Marlon Byrd (4), Alfonso Soriano (20), Jose Guillen 3 (16), Ryan Zimmerman (18), Matt LeCroy (3)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Guillen 2 (6)
SB - Royce Clayton (1, 2nd base off White/LaRue)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Clayton-Vidro-N. Johnson
E - Nick Johnson (3, )
Washington Nationals
Tony J. Armas (W,3-2) 6211140 3.58
Joey Eischen 0.1000000 9.90
Gary Majewski 0.2100010 4.34
Mike Stanton 1100000 2.25
Jon Rauch 1000020 1.33
HBP - LaRue (by Tony J. Armas), Encarnacion (by Tony J. Armas)
Pitches-Strikes - Tony J. Armas 91-55, Joey Eischen 6-3, Gary Majewski 12-8, Mike Stanton 11-6, Jon Rauch 14-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tony J. Armas 6-7, Gary Majewski 1-0, Jon Rauch 1-0
Batters Faced - Tony J. Armas 22, Joey Eischen 1, Gary Majewski 3, Mike Stanton 4, Jon Rauch 3
Cincinnati Reds
Ryan Freel, CF4000012 .228
Felipe Lopez, SS4110011 .279
Adam Dunn, LF3000111 .241
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B3010010 .296
Scott Hatteberg, 1B3001011 .263
Austin Kearns, RF4000013 .317
Brandon Phillips, 2B3010000 .289
Jason LaRue, C2000003 .222
Brandon Claussen, P1000001 .000
    Rick White, P0000000 .000
   a- Ray Olmedo, PH1000010 .250
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .000
    Chris Hammond, P0000000 .000
   b- Chris Denorfia, PH1010000 .500
    Brian Shackelford, P0000000 .000
Totals291411712 
a-struck out for White in the 6th
b-singled for Hammond in the 8th
Batting
SF - Scott Hatteberg (1)
RBI - Scott Hatteberg (6)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Ryan Freel 1
PB - Jason LaRue (1)
Cincinnati Reds
Brandon Claussen (L,2-4) 5.11144043 5.79
Rick White 0.2000010 4.91
Matt Belisle 1.1220011 4.05
Chris Hammond 0.2000000 9.35
Brian Shackelford 1111021 1.69
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Claussen 94-66, Rick White 7-6, Matt Belisle 31-20, Chris Hammond 6-4, Brian Shackelford 17-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Claussen 6-5, Rick White 1-0, Matt Belisle 4-0, Chris Hammond 1-1
Batters Faced - Brandon Claussen 26, Rick White 2, Matt Belisle 7, Chris Hammond 2, Brian Shackelford 4
Game Information
Attendance - 16720
Game Time - 2:47
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - Randy Marsh, Third Base - Angel Hernandez