Cincinnati at Washington

W: O. Perez (4-8) L: H. Bailey (0-5)
HR: CIN - J. Bruce (8)   WAS - None

Nationals 5, Reds 2 wire reports

WASHINGTON -- Odalis Perez liked his chances after the Washington Nationals raced out to an early lead Friday night.

Perez pitched into the eighth inning to earn his first home win and Washington ended a nine-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night.

"If I see five runs in the first two innings, I have a 90 percent chance to win the game," Perez said.

The matchup featured two struggling teams that made dramatic changes to their rosters this week.

It was Cincinnati's first game since it traded outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday. Reliever Nick Masset, one of two players acquired by the Reds in the deal, allowed one hit in three scoreless innings.

Perez was backed by the majors' youngest team. After Thursday's release of 36-year-old catcher Paul Lo Duca, the Nationals sported a roster with an average age of 27 years, 197 days.

Washington also had a new double play combination: second baseman Emilio Bonifacio, just recalled from Triple-A Columbus and shortstop Alberto Gonzalez, acquired Thursday from the New York Yankees.

Perez made it easy for them, winning for just the fourth time in 20 starts. He allowed one run and three hits over 7 1/3 innings in his longest start since he pitched eight innings for the Los Angeles Dodgers against the Philadelphia Phillies on Aug. 11, 2005.

"When I came out after the seventh inning, I thought 'I'm done,"' Perez said.

Washington manager Manny Acta thought otherwise, and sent Perez back out for the eighth. The left-hander allowed a triple to Jolbert Cabrera before Saul Rivera entered and got out of the jam, retiring Jerry Hairston Jr. on a comebacker before striking out Jeff Keppinger to end the inning.

Joel Hanrahan worked the ninth, allowing a home run to Jay Bruce.

Perez (4-8) also allowed a leadoff double to Keppinger in the fourth and a fifth-inning single to Andy Phillips.

"He was pitching smart. Getting us to chase -- getting me to chase pitches that I couldn't drive," Bruce said. "He's a veteran guy and he really knows how to pitch."

Bonifacio and Gonzalez both played well in their first game with the Nationals. Bonifacio went 1-for-4, scored a run and swiped a base, and Gonzalez doubled, scored a run and walked twice. They also combined on a nifty inning-ending double play in the seventh.

"You saw athleticism in turning a double play that I didn't think was going to be turned," Acta said.

Homer Bailey (0-5) lasted just two innings for Cincinnati, allowing five runs and seven hits. The Reds have lost six of seven.

"I was damn near putting it on a tee for them," Bailey said. "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, as long as they don't cut your arms off -- and they're still attached."

Jesus Flores hit a two-run single in the first, and Washington added three more in the second. Bonifacio had an RBI single and Elijah Dukes doubled in two runs.

Dukes went 2-for-4 with two RBI in his first action since missing 19 games with an injured right knee.

"I'm just fortunate in being a quick healer," Dukes said. "If I didn't hit that double, Odalis would have stepped it up and probably giving up no hits."

Keppinger scored on Brandon Phillips' fourth-inning groundout for the Reds' first run.


Washington 3B Ryan Zimmerman missed the game with a bruised right hand. He was hit by a pitch in Thursday's game against Philadelphia. ... Nationals SS Cristian Guzman missed his sixth game with a bruised left thumb. ... The Nationals optioned RHP Garrett Mock to Columbus to make room for Bonifacio. ... Washington reinstated RHP Ryan Wagner from the 60-day disabled list and optioned him to Columbus. ... The Reds activated Hairston from the 15-day DL and optioned RHP Todd Coffey to Triple-A Louisville.
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Players of the Game

E. Dukes
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0

O. Perez
IP 7.1
H 3
ER 1
BB 3
K 5

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Cincinnati Reds
Jerry Hairston Jr., CF4000004 .344
Jeff Keppinger, SS4110011 .279
Jay Bruce, RF4111001 .267
Brandon Phillips, 2B4001020 .276
Adam Dunn, LF2000210 .242
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B4000002 .255
Andy Phillips, 1B2010101 .167
   a- Joey Votto, PH1000001 .275
David Ross, C2000121 .240
Homer Bailey, P0000000 .125
    Nick Masset, P1000012 .000
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
   b- Jolbert Cabrera, PH1010000 .333
    David Weathers, P0000000 .000
a-lined out for Phillips in the 9th
b-tripled for Affeldt in the 8th
2B - Jeff Keppinger (13, O. Perez)
3B - Jolbert Cabrera (1, O. Perez)
HR - Jay Bruce (8, Hanrahan)
SH - Homer Bailey (2)
RBI - Jay Bruce (25), Brandon Phillips (64)
Team LOB - 5
Cincinnati Reds
Homer Bailey (L,0-5) 2755130 7.55
Nick Masset 3100110 4.34
Jeremy Affeldt 2000110 3.90
David Weathers 1100010 3.33
WP - Homer Bailey (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Homer Bailey 49-32, Nick Masset 31-19, Jeremy Affeldt 24-13, David Weathers 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Homer Bailey 3-0, Nick Masset 5-2, Jeremy Affeldt 4-1
Batters Faced - Homer Bailey 14, Nick Masset 10, Jeremy Affeldt 7, David Weathers 4
Washington Nationals
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B4111011 .188
Willie Harris, 3B3210100 .247
Elijah Dukes, LF4122000 .268
Austin Kearns, RF4010023 .213
Jesus Flores, C4012012 .281
Lastings Milledge, CF4020001 .240
Kory Casto, 1B4000024 .198
Alberto Gonzalez, SS2110201 .185
Odalis Perez, P2000002 .194
    Saul Rivera, P0000000 .000
    Joel Hanrahan, P0000000 .000
2B - Elijah Dukes (9, Bailey), Alberto Gonzalez (3, Bailey)
3B - Lastings Milledge (1, Weathers)
SH - Odalis Perez (3)
RBI - Emilio Bonifacio (3), Elijah Dukes 2 (22), Jesus Flores 2 (47)
2-OUT RBI - Jesus Flores 2 (23)
SB - Emilio Bonifacio (2, 2nd base off Bailey/Ross)
CS - Lastings Milledge (5, 2nd base by Masset/Ross)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Gonzalez-Bonifacio-Casto
Washington Nationals
Odalis Perez (W,4-8) 7.1311350 4.16
Saul Rivera 0.2000010 3.32
Joel Hanrahan 1111111 3.90
Pitches-Strikes - Odalis Perez 102-63, Saul Rivera 7-4, Joel Hanrahan 22-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Odalis Perez 12-4, Saul Rivera 1-0
Batters Faced - Odalis Perez 27, Saul Rivera 2, Joel Hanrahan 5
Game Information
Attendance - 30572
Game Time - 2:26
Temperature - 89
Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - Chad Fairchild, Third Base - Mark Wegner