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CINCINNATI -- Three solo homers. A two-run shot. A three-run shot. A pinch-hit grand slam. The Reds did it all, connecting every which way off a pitching staff that has never seen anything like it.
Todd Frazier and Zack Cozart each homered twice, and the Reds hit six in all -- including Xavier Paul's pinch grand slam -- while sending the Nationals to a 15-0 defeat Friday night, their first loss of the season and their worst loss since returning to Washington as a team.
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"There was something in the air tonight," Paul said after his first career grand slam. "We were able to put 15 runs on the board, and not many teams have done that against the Nationals."
The Nationals swept their opening series against Miami by allowing only one run in three games. They were helpless against Cincinnati's surprisingly powerful offense - nine homers in the last two games, though none by Joey Votto or Jay Bruce.
Everyone else is piling them up.
"A lot of people were questioning our hitting after the last series, even though we won two out of three," Cozart said. "Tonight, we showed that we can hit. Hopefully, we'll keep it going this weekend."
The series matches the NL's top two teams from last season. Washington led with 98 wins, followed by the Reds with 97. The teams have a history of close games -- four of their last eight had gone to extra innings.
This one quickly turned into a rout in one of the majors' most homer-friendly ballparks. The Reds had 19 hits, including a single by reliever Manny Parra, and finished with more homers than the Nationals had hits (5).
It was the Nationals' most lopsided loss since baseball returned to Washington in 2005, topping a 15-1 defeat to Detroit on June 19, 2007, according to STATS LLC. Washington had been the last major league team without a loss this season.
"I've had my share of bad games along with good games," said Dan Haren, who gave up four homers in his Nationals debut. "They're tough to deal with, but the sooner you forget about it, the better.
"It's such a long season. I've probably got 30-plus starts left. This start isn't going to define how the year goes."
Haren (0-1) signed a one-year, $13 million deal in the offseason, joining a formidable pitching staff that threw shutouts in the first two games of the season. It all came apart in Cincinnati's most lopsided shutout win since a 17-0 victory over Milwaukee at Cinergy Field on Aug. 7, 1998.
Homer Bailey (1-0) gave up two hits in six scoreless innings. The right-hander hasn't allowed a run in his last 19 regular-season innings, a streak that includes his no-hitter in Pittsburgh on Sept. 28. He gave up a run during the playoffs.
Bailey even got a double, too.
"That's when you know the team is having a good night, when I get a hit," Bailey said.
Frazier hit a solo shot into the upper deck in the second inning. On the next pitch, Cozart broke his 0-for-11 slump to start the season with a homer that a fan caught at the top of the wall in left field. Nationals manager Davey Johnson talked to the umpires about fan interference, but they declined to review it and stuck with the call.
It would be that kind of a night for the Nationals.
Cozart hit a three-run homer off Haren in the third, giving him two homers in three pitches from the right-hander. It was his first career multihomer game.
Shin-Soo Choo added a solo homer in the fourth that barely cleared the wall in center as a fan reached to catch it. Johnson asked for a review of that one and got it. Three minutes, 39 seconds later, the umpires upheld their call.
Cozart got his career-high fifth RBI on a sacrifice fly. Frazier added a two-run homer in the seventh, his third in two games. Paul's pinch-hit grand slam off Henry Rodriguez made it 14-0.
|Todd Frazier hits two of the Reds' six home runs in their blowout of the Nationals. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Denard Span, CF||2||0||1||0||2||0||0||.364|
|Jayson Werth, RF||4||0||0||0||0||1||6||.125|
|Bryce Harper, LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.375|
|Ryan Zimmerman, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||1||2||.385|
|Ryan Mattheus, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Adam LaRoche, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|Tyler Moore, 1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ian Desmond, SS||4||0||1||0||0||2||1||.143|
|Danny Espinosa, 2B||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.133|
|Kurt Suzuki, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.000|
|Dan Haren, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|a- Roger Bernadina, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.000|
|Zach Duke, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Henry Rodriguez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Stephen Lombardozzi, PH-3B||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.500|
|a-walked for Haren in the 5th|
|b-doubled for Rodriguez in the 8th|
|2B - Ian Desmond (1, Hoover), Danny Espinosa (1, Parra), Stephen Lombardozzi (1, Parra)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Desmond-Espinosa-LaRoche|
|E - Ian Desmond (2, Misplayed grounder), Kurt Suzuki (1, Throwing)|
|Dan Haren (L,0-1)||4||9||6||6||0||5||4||13.50|
|HBP - Choo (by Dan Haren)|
|WP - Ryan Mattheus (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Dan Haren 78-52, Zach Duke 60-32, Henry Rodriguez 16-8, Ryan Mattheus 26-19|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dan Haren 2-5, Zach Duke 3-2, Henry Rodriguez 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Dan Haren 22, Zach Duke 14, Henry Rodriguez 4, Ryan Mattheus 5|
|Shin-Soo Choo, CF||3||2||1||1||1||1||1||.333|
|Chris Heisey, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.143|
|a- Xavier Paul, PH-LF||1||1||1||4||0||0||0||.333|
|Joey Votto, 1B||4||1||3||0||0||1||0||.286|
|b- Jack Hannahan, PH-1B||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.500|
|Brandon Phillips, 2B||4||2||2||0||0||1||2||.313|
|c- Cesar Izturis, PH-2B||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Jay Bruce, RF||5||2||2||1||0||2||2||.167|
|Todd Frazier, 3B||5||3||4||4||0||1||2||.471|
|Zack Cozart, SS||4||2||2||5||0||1||1||.133|
|Ryan Hanigan, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.077|
|d- Devin Mesoraco, PH-C||2||1||1||0||0||1||1||.500|
|Homer Bailey, P||2||0||1||0||0||1||0||.500|
|e- Derrick Robinson, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Manny Parra, P||2||1||1||0||0||0||1||.500|
|J.J. Hoover, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-homered for Heisey in the 7th|
|b-singled for Votto in the 7th|
|c-grounded out for B. Phillips in the 7th|
|d-singled for Hanigan in the 7th|
|e-grounded out for Bailey in the 6th|
|2B - Jay Bruce 2 (3, Duke, Mattheus), Homer Bailey (1, Haren)|
|HR - Shin-Soo Choo (2, Haren), Xavier Paul (1, Rodriguez), Todd Frazier 2 (3, Haren, Duke), Zack Cozart 2 (2, Haren, Haren)|
|SF - Zack Cozart (1)|
|RBI - Shin-Soo Choo (2), Xavier Paul 4 (4), Jay Bruce (1), Todd Frazier 4 (6), Zack Cozart 5 (5)|
|2-OUT RBI - Xavier Paul 4 (4), Zack Cozart 3 (3)|
|SB - Todd Frazier (1, 3rd base off Duke/Suzuki)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - B. Phillips-Cozart|
|Homer Bailey (W,1-0)||6||2||0||0||3||6||0||0.00|
|Pitches-Strikes - Homer Bailey 98-56, Manny Parra 23-13, J.J. Hoover 17-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Homer Bailey 6-6, Manny Parra 1-3|
|Batters Faced - Homer Bailey 23, Manny Parra 8, J.J. Hoover 4|
|Attendance - 28102|
|Game Time - 3:08|
|Temperature - 60|
|Umpires - Home - Jordan Baker, First Base - Tim McClelland, Second Base - Jerry Meals, Third Base - Marvin Hudson|