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CINCINNATI -- Already down by six runs in the second inning, the Cincinnati Reds were expecting the worst. Usually, that's what they get these days.
"The way we started the game, we thought it was going to be ugly," said Valentin, who won it with the fifth pinch-hit homer of his career.
It was ugly, all right.
Valentin's homer off
"We were both calling for it," said Logan, who had his glove lined up but turned away at the last instant. "I saw him at the last minute out of the corner of my eye. He was still running, and he's a pretty big guy. That cost us the game."
Hatteberg homered and doubled twice, driving in four runs as the Reds won for only the fifth time in 19 games. Ken Griffey Jr. added a solo homer, the 572nd of his career. Griffey is one behind Harmon Killebrew for eighth place on the list.
Second baseman Brandon Phillips went 0-for-4, ending his hitting streak at 22 games. It was the longest streak in the NL this season and the longest by a Reds batter since 1996, when Hal Morris hit in 29 straight.
The Nationals got up 6-0 in the second inning, but their usually dependable bullpen let them down. By the time Valentin came to bat, the Reds were feeling pretty good.
"Javy is one of the better pinch hitters in baseball," manager Jerry Narron said. "Every time he goes up there, you feel he has a chance to hit the ball out of the park. I feel pretty good with him coming up there."
Rauch made a big mistake on a one-ball, two-strike pitch to Valentin.
"I wanted the pitch to Valentin down and away, and I left it over the middle," Rauch said. "Of course, I'm down on myself. I'm not getting the job done."
The game united the NL's two worst teams of this season, and reunited players involved in one of last season's biggest trades -- one that's disputed to this day. The Nationals are last in the NL East, with the Reds at the bottom of the NL Central.
They're also linked by a grievance.
Washington got Kearns and shortstop Felipe Lopez in an eight-player deal with the Reds last July 13. The Reds filed a grievance this month claiming that general manager Jim Bowden -- who was fired in Cincinnati in 2003 -- failed to fully inform them about Gary Majewski's sore pitching shoulder before the trade.
The teams hadn't played since the deal. Lopez and Kearns had roles in getting the Nationals off to the 6-0 lead in their homecoming.
With his game-opening single, Lopez started one of Washington's biggest rallies of the season. The Nationals sent 10 batters to the plate in a 20-minute, 49-pitch inning against Bronson Arroyo, who lasted only two innings.
"I never got into it," said Arroyo, who threw a complete game in his last start. "I walked some guys I shouldn't have. Just one of those games."
As usual, the Nationals didn't deal well with prosperity. Rookie
|The Reds use a homer barrage to win and Ken Griffey Jr.'s blast puts him in Harmon Killebrew territory. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Felipe Lopez, 2B||5||1||1||0||0||2||4||.238|
|Cristian Guzman, SS||3||1||0||0||2||1||0||.259|
|Ryan Zimmerman, 3B||5||2||3||2||0||0||1||.255|
|Dmitri Young, 1B||4||2||2||2||0||1||0||.262|
|Saul Rivera, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jon Rauch, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Ronnie Belliard, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.259|
|Austin Kearns, RF||4||1||1||2||0||2||2||.244|
|Brian Schneider, C||4||0||2||1||0||0||1||.231|
|Nook Logan, CF||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.259|
|Ryan Langerhans, LF||2||0||0||0||2||1||0||.132|
|Levale Speigner, P||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.000|
|Winston Abreu, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Robert Fick, 1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.176|
|a-popped out for Rauch in the 9th|
|2B - Ryan Zimmerman (12, Arroyo), Dmitri Young (9, Arroyo)|
|HR - Ryan Zimmerman (5, Santos), Austin Kearns (5, Arroyo)|
|SH - Levale Speigner (2)|
|RBI - Ryan Zimmerman 2 (21), Dmitri Young 2 (19), Austin Kearns 2 (18), Brian Schneider (15)|
|2-OUT RBI - Austin Kearns 2 (10)|
|CS - Nook Logan (1, 2nd base by Santos/Ross)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - F. Lopez-Guzman-Young|
|E - Levale Speigner (1, Dropped fly)|
|Saul Rivera (H,6)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||2.45|
|Jon Rauch (BS,2; L,2-1)||1||3||3||3||0||2||1||4.62|
|IBB - Ross by Levale Speigner|
|Pitches-Strikes - Levale Speigner 66-37, Winston Abreu 31-20, Saul Rivera 15-10, Jon Rauch 29-22|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Levale Speigner 2-6, Winston Abreu 4-2, Saul Rivera 2-1, Jon Rauch 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Levale Speigner 18, Winston Abreu 9, Saul Rivera 4, Jon Rauch 6|
|Ryan Freel, 3B-CF||5||0||1||0||0||1||2||.268|
|Norris Hopper, CF-LF||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.265|
|Ken Griffey Jr., RF||4||1||2||1||0||0||1||.303|
|Brandon Phillips, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.286|
|Adam Dunn, LF||3||2||2||0||1||0||0||.268|
|David Weathers, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Alex Gonzalez, SS||4||2||1||1||0||0||2||.252|
|Scott Hatteberg, 1B||4||2||3||4||0||1||0||.303|
|David Ross, C||2||0||1||0||1||1||0||.206|
|a- Javier Valentin, PH-C||1||1||1||2||0||0||0||.239|
|Bronson Arroyo, P||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.087|
|Victor Santos, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.000|
|b- Chad Moeller, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Todd Coffey, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jon Coutlangus, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Juan Castro, PH-3B||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.170|
|a-homered for Ross in the 8th|
|b-grounded out for Santos in the 6th|
|c-struck out for Coutlangus in the 8th|
|2B - Alex Gonzalez (8, Speigner), Scott Hatteberg 2 (7, Speigner, Rauch)|
|HR - Ken Griffey Jr. (9, Speigner), Scott Hatteberg (3, Speigner), Javier Valentin (1, Rauch)|
|RBI - Ken Griffey Jr. (27), Alex Gonzalez (17), Scott Hatteberg 4 (15), Javier Valentin 2 (10)|
|2-OUT RBI - Alex Gonzalez (6), Scott Hatteberg 3 (10)|
|CS - Ryan Freel (6, 2nd base by Speigner/Schneider)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|E - Adam Dunn (3, Throwing)|
|Jon Coutlangus (W,2-0)||1.1||0||0||0||0||2||0||3.07|
|David Weathers (S,9)||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||2.08|
|IBB - Langerhans by Bronson Arroyo|
|Pitches-Strikes - Bronson Arroyo 62-32, Victor Santos 57-37, Todd Coffey 12-8, Jon Coutlangus 17-11, David Weathers 15-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bronson Arroyo 2-2, Victor Santos 4-2, Todd Coffey 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Bronson Arroyo 15, Victor Santos 14, Todd Coffey 3, Jon Coutlangus 4, David Weathers 4|
|Attendance - 15271|
|Game Time - 2:50|
|Temperature - 82|
|Umpires - Home - Jim Reynolds, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Tim Welke|