Washington at Cincinnati

W: D. Weathers (1-1) L: M. Stanton (1-4)
HR: WAS - N. Johnson (9), M. Byrd (2)   CIN - A. Dunn (13)

Reds 9, Nationals 6

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

CINCINNATI -- Reds manager Jerry Narron said he always feels comfortable when Scott Hatteberg is at the plate, and the Cincinnati first baseman showed why Wednesday night.

Hatteberg hit a bases-loaded, two-run double in the eighth inning to lift the Reds over the Washington Nationals 9-6.

Adam Dunn led off the eighth against left-hander Mike Stanton (1-4) with a walk and moved to third on Austin Kearns' double. Chris Denorfia was intentionally walked and Hatteberg doubled over the head of center fielder Marlon Byrd.

"Stanton's a good pitcher," said Hatteberg, one of four Reds with two RBI. "He's got kind of a herky-jerky motion, but I was able to see past that. I'm not looking to drive the ball there as much as just get it to the outfield. We're looking for one run. He left a breaking ball up and out over the plate, and I was able to find a gap.

"This was one of those games where it seemed like last ups was going to come away with it," he added.

Brandon Phillips followed with a sacrifice fly to give David Weathers (1-1) some breathing room after Weathers gave up the game-tying single to Matt LeCroy in the eighth. He worked a scoreless ninth.

"It's frustrating, period," Nationals manager Frank Robinson said. "We're still giving up runs in the seventh and eighth inning. When you walk the first batter, it's not good. (Stanton) had two left-handers to get out, and he didn't get either one of them. When you don't win the ballgame, you don't get points for coming back."

Dunn also hit a two-run homer and Felipe Lopez stole a career-high four bases as the Reds (22-12) stayed in first place in the NL Central. Kearns tied a career high with four hits and also drove in two runs.

"Kearns has been consistent all year, and (Lopez) is just an outstanding offensive player," Narron said.

Reds starter Aaron Harang was denied in his bid for a sixth consecutive victory. He gave up nine hits and four runs in six innings, striking out five and walking one.

Washington starter Livan Hernandez (1-5) allowed nine hits and five runs. He walked four and struck out six while remaining winless since April 8. He has walked four batters in each of his last three starts.

The Reds stole six bases for the first time since Aug. 16, 2002, against Houston.

Nick Johnson snapped a 5-for-37 slump and gave Washington a 2-0 first-inning lead with his ninth home run of the season, but Dunn tied it in the bottom of the inning with his 12th homer.

The Reds added a run in the inning when Kearns, running with two outs, scored from second on Phillips' infield single up the middle.

Royce Clayton tied it at 3-3 with a sacrifice fly in the third inning but Kearns singled in Lopez in the bottom half. The Reds added a run in the fourth when Lopez singled, stole second and scored on Kearns' base hit.

Kearns, who was 5-for-10 in his career against Hernandez going into the game, batted fourth for just the fifth time this season.

"It's always good when you're feeling good at the plate," said Kearns, who's hitting .500 (20-for-40) over his last 11 games. "We've been scuffling as a team. We've got to find a way to get some wins. Tonight, we picked up the pitching. They've been doing it for us all year."

Byrd cut the deficit to 5-4 in the fifth with his second homer of the season.


C Brian Schneider made his first appearance since leaving Saturday's game with tightness in his left hamstring. ... Dunn's home run gave him 400 career RBI. ... Reds leadoff hitter Ryan Freel swiped second in the sixth for his first stolen base in 17 games, dating back to April 18. ... Hernandez was called out for interference, costing Schneider a stolen base, in the second inning after plate umpire Sam Holbrook ruled the pitcher's swing interfered with catcher Jason LaRue's throw to second base. ... Kearns had four hits in a game for the third time in his career. ... Freel swiped a team-record five bases July 27 at Los Angeles.

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Players of the Game

A. Kearns
AB 4
R 2
H 4
HR 0

N. Johnson
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 1

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Wednesday's MLB winners and losers (0:41)
Washington Nationals
Marlon Byrd, CF3111201
Jose Vidro, 2B5110012
Alfonso Soriano, LF5000044
Nick Johnson, 1B5142000
Jose Guillen, RF5110004
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B3110122
Brian Schneider, C4121012
Royce Clayton, SS1001001
   a- Marlon Anderson, PH1010000
    Jason Bergmann, P0000000
   b- Matt LeCroy, PH1011000
    Mike Stanton, P0000000
Livan Hernandez, P2000001
    Joey Eischen, P0000000
    Jon Rauch, P0000000
   c- Damian Jackson, PH-SS2000002
a-singled for Clayton in the 7th
b-singled for Bergmann in the 8th
c-fouled out-bunting for Rauch in the 7th
2B - Nick Johnson 2 (, Harang, Harang), Ryan Zimmerman (, Harang), Brian Schneider (, Mercker)
HR - Marlon Byrd (, Harang), Nick Johnson (, Harang)
SF - Royce Clayton ()
RBI - Marlon Byrd (), Nick Johnson 2 (), Brian Schneider (), Royce Clayton (), Matt LeCroy ()
2-OUT RBI - Nick Johnson 2 (), Brian Schneider (), Matt LeCroy ()
Team LOB - 8
E - Brian Schneider (, wild throw), Alfonso Soriano (, misplayed grounder)
Washington Nationals
Livan Hernandez 5.1955461
Joey Eischen 0.1000010
Jon Rauch 0.1000100
Jason Bergmann 1211100
Mike Stanton (L,-) 1233320
IBB - LaRue by Livan Hernandez, Denorfia by Mike Stanton, by Valentin
Pitches-Strikes - Livan Hernandez 112-68, Joey Eischen 6-3, Jon Rauch 7-2, Jason Bergmann 20-9, Mike Stanton 37-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Livan Hernandez 3-7
Batters Faced - Livan Hernandez 29, Joey Eischen 1, Jon Rauch 2, Jason Bergmann 6, Mike Stanton 8
Cincinnati Reds
Ryan Freel, CF5010012
    David Weathers, P1000012
Felipe Lopez, SS3320202
Adam Dunn, LF4212124
Austin Kearns, RF4242100
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B4000016
    Todd Coffey, P0000000
    Kent Mercker, P0000000
    Chris Denorfia, CF0100100
Scott Hatteberg, 1B4022100
Brandon Phillips, 2B3122000
Jason LaRue, C2000121
    Ray Olmedo, 3B2011011
Aaron Harang, P2000014
   a- Javier Valentin, PH-C1000200
a-lined out for Harang in the 6th
2B - Austin Kearns (, Stanton), Scott Hatteberg (, Stanton), Brandon Phillips (, Bergmann)
HR - Adam Dunn (, Hernandez)
SF - Brandon Phillips ()
SH - Brandon Phillips ()
RBI - Adam Dunn 2 (), Austin Kearns 2 (), Scott Hatteberg 2 (), Brandon Phillips 2 (), Ray Olmedo ()
2-OUT RBI - Austin Kearns 2 (), Brandon Phillips ()
SB - Ryan Freel 2 (, 2nd base off Hernandez/Schneider, 3rd base off Eischen/Schneider), Felipe Lopez 4 (, 2nd base off Hernandez/Schneider, 3rd base off Hernandez/Schneider, 2nd base off Hernandez/Schneider, 2nd base off Eischen/Schneider)
Team LOB - 13
DP - F. Lopez-B. Phillips-Hatteberg
PB - Jason LaRue ()
Cincinnati Reds
Aaron Harang 6744152
Todd Coffey (H,) 1.2211120
Kent Mercker0111000
David Weathers (BS,; W,-) 1.1200110
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Harang 92-59, Todd Coffey 24-17, Kent Mercker 2-1, David Weathers 25-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Harang 3-8, Todd Coffey 1-2, David Weathers 2-1
Batters Faced - Aaron Harang 25, Todd Coffey 8, Kent Mercker 1, David Weathers 7
Game Information
Attendance - 14180
Game Time - 3:16
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Randy Marsh, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt