|Washington (42-75) «||0||1||6||3||0||0||0||0||0||10||14||3|
Dunn led off the second inning with his 31st homer and Washington pounded the Cincinnati Reds 10-6 after struggling to score in its previous four games.
Washington scored six times in the third and added three more in the fourth after totaling five runs in the previous four games, three of them losses.
"We went through three or four days where we didn't get many runs," manager Jim Riggleman said. "In both of those rallies tonight, we hit some balls down the line that stayed fair. They turned into six RBI."
J.D. Martin (2-2) cruised to his second consecutive win in his sixth career start, allowing an unearned run and six hits over six innings. The rookie right-hander was 0-2 with a 7.16 ERA before he pitched five solid innings against Arizona last Sunday.
"The run support was awesome," Martin said. "I felt like I was throwing strikes. I kept telling myself to keep throwing strikes. I got a little lucky with two batters called out trying to bunt. I'll take any help I can get."
Cueto fell to 0-6 with a 10.64 ERA in his past eight starts as the Reds lost for the third time in four games. Cueto hasn't won since beating Arizona 1-0 on July 1, but manager Dusty Baker wasn't concerned that the right-hander's workload -- which included pitching in winter ball and the World Baseball Classic -- was catching up with him.
"He's throwing the ball good," Baker said. "His velocity was good. It's a matter of location. They cheap-hitted him to death. Their cheap bloopers led to big innings."
"My arm's fine," Cueto said through an interpreter. "I don't feel any pain. It just feels like the ball isn't coming out of my hand good. I don't think it's anything mechanical. I just wasn't aggressive to the hitter."
Dunn, known for his tape-measure shots to right field, started the second with a drive that barely reached the first row of seats in left field. It was his 125th homer at Great American Ball Park -- the most by any player.
Dunn made his major league debut with Cincinnati in 2001 and was one of the club's regular outfielders until he was traded to Arizona last August. He signed with Washington in the offseason.
The Nationals scored six times in the third, sending 10 batters to the plate. Martin started the inning with a single to left and ended it by striking out. Ronnie Belliard had a run-scoring double and Ryan Zimmerman and Josh Willingham added RBI singles before Gonzalez cleared the bases with a three-run double into the left-field corner on an 0-2 pitch with two outs.
"That's what hurt us," Baker said.
Cueto (8-10) allowed seven runs and eight hits in 2 2/3 innings.
Sutton went deep in Cincinnati's four-run seventh, hitting a two-run shot into the visitors' bullpen in right.
|Adam Dunn reminds the Reds of what they're missing, crushing a solo shot vs. his former team. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Nyjer Morgan, CF||5||2||2||0||0||1||3||.310|
|Ronnie Belliard, 2B||5||2||2||1||0||2||0||.237|
|Ryan Zimmerman, 3B||5||1||2||1||0||1||2||.303|
|Adam Dunn, 1B||3||2||1||1||2||0||2||.281|
|Josh Willingham, LF||3||1||1||1||0||0||3||.302|
|Willie Harris, LF||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.222|
|Elijah Dukes, RF||4||1||2||3||0||1||2||.248|
|Josh Bard, C||4||0||0||0||1||1||5||.234|
|Alberto Gonzalez, SS||5||0||2||3||0||0||1||.267|
|J.D. Martin, P||4||1||2||0||0||2||1||.300|
|Logan Kensing, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Tyler Clippard, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Sean Burnett, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|2B - Ronnie Belliard (6, Cueto), Alberto Gonzalez (13, Cueto)|
|3B - Elijah Dukes (2, Wells)|
|HR - Adam Dunn (31, Cueto)|
|RBI - Ronnie Belliard (16), Ryan Zimmerman (77), Adam Dunn (86), Josh Willingham (47), Elijah Dukes 3 (45), Alberto Gonzalez 3 (26)|
|2-OUT RBI - Elijah Dukes 3 (20), Alberto Gonzalez 3 (9)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Outfield Assists - Elijah Dukes 1|
|E - Elijah Dukes (4, Dropped fly), J.D. Martin 2 (2, Throwing)|
|J.D. Martin (W,2-2)||6||6||1||0||1||1||0||4.61|
|HBP - B. Phillips (by J.D. Martin)|
|Pitches-Strikes - J.D. Martin 93-54, Logan Kensing 22-10, Tyler Clippard 31-17, Sean Burnett 5-3|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J.D. Martin 6-10, Tyler Clippard 2-2, Sean Burnett 1-1|
|Batters Faced - J.D. Martin 25, Logan Kensing 6, Tyler Clippard 7, Sean Burnett 2|
|Chris Dickerson, RF||4||1||2||0||1||0||1||.270|
|Willy Taveras, CF||5||2||2||1||0||0||2||.241|
|Joey Votto, 1B||4||1||2||3||1||0||1||.317|
|Brandon Phillips, 2B||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.262|
|Drew Sutton, PR-2B||2||1||1||2||0||0||0||.188|
|Laynce Nix, LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.240|
|Adam Rosales, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.212|
|Ryan Hanigan, C||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.283|
|Danny Herrera, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Kevin Barker, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Jared Burton, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Paul Janish, SS||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.211|
|Johnny Cueto, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.108|
|Kip Wells, P||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||.333|
|Craig Tatum, C||2||0||0||0||0||2||1||.121|
|a-struck out for Herrera in the 8th|
|2B - Chris Dickerson (13, Martin), Joey Votto (18, Kensing), Adam Rosales (9, Martin)|
|HR - Drew Sutton (1, Kensing)|
|RBI - Willy Taveras (15), Joey Votto 3 (57), Drew Sutton 2 (4)|
|2-OUT RBI - Willy Taveras (4), Joey Votto (26), Drew Sutton 2 (2)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Johnny Cueto (L,8-10)||2.2||8||7||7||0||1||1||4.61|
|HBP - Dukes (by Johnny Cueto)|
|WP - Johnny Cueto (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Johnny Cueto 60-38, Kip Wells 70-44, Danny Herrera 28-16, Jared Burton 8-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Johnny Cueto 4-3, Kip Wells 3-4, Danny Herrera 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Johnny Cueto 17, Kip Wells 19, Danny Herrera 6, Jared Burton 3|
|Attendance - 30494|
|Game Time - 3:14|
|Temperature - 87|
|Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Angel Campos, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Andy Fletcher|