Bryce Harper homers twice, Nationals beat Reds 5-0

CINCINNATI (AP) Gio Gonzalez was tired after throwing eight shutout innings on a hot and muggy evening. His manager wanted him to face one more batter, and the left-hander took it as a compliment.

Gonzalez pitched four-hit ball into the ninth inning, retired Joey Votto to open the inning on his 113th pitch, and let the bullpen finish off the Washington Nationals' 5-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night.

Bryce Harper extended his mid-July tear with two homers as the Nationals got rolling out of the All-Star break with a solid all-around win.

''Just a good way to start the second half,'' Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez (8-4) snapped his streak of three straight tough-luck losses. He allowed a double and three infield singles before leaving. Matt Albers gave up three singles, and Matt Grace escaped the bases-loaded threat for his first save.

Gonzalez thought he was done after the eighth inning, but manager Dusty Baker wanted him to face Cincinnati's most dangerous hitter leading off the ninth before taking the night off.

''I got some work in today, definitely,'' said Gonzalez, who had not gone eight innings this season. ''It was good to see that (Baker) let me go out there in the ninth. I was told to go out there in the ninth and pitch, and I felt good enough to keep pitching.''

The Reds were shut out for only the second time this season. Four of their seven hits were infield singles.

Harper had a two-run shot and a solo homer off Tim Adleman (5-7) as the NL's top offense got right back in form after the All-Star break. Harper has 22 homers overall, four during his nine-game hitting streak.

Baker had offered Harper a day off if he needed one after the All-Star Game, but the outfielder turned it down.

''I want to stay in the lineup, and every single day I'm in there to do some damage,'' Harper said.

The Nationals lead the league in most categories on offense and featured three starting position players in the All-Star Game - Harper, Ryan Zimmerman and Daniel Murphy. Murphy got a planned day off on Friday, and the rest of the offense carried on without him.

Anthony Rendon extended his hitting streak to eight games with an RBI single. Stephen Drew also drove in a run with a single off Adleman, who lasted only 4 1/3 innings - his season low for a start that didn't involve an injury.

Gonzalez had lost his last three starts despite allowing a total of five runs, getting little help from his offense or the bullpen. Everything fell into place to end the streak.

''We weren't able to get any pressure on Gio,'' Reds manager Bryan Price said. ''We didn't have any push at all to get back into the game until the ninth inning. I think we only had six baserunners. That was a dominant performance.''

The Reds got only two runners as far as second base against Gonzalez, who walked two and struck out six.

NICE GRAB

Brian Goodwin saved a run in the fourth inning. He made a diving catch of Jose Peraza's sinking liner with two runners aboard for the final out, what Gonzalez called ''a monster play in center field for me.''

GOING, GOING ...

The Reds have given up 148 homers, on pace to shatter their major league record from last season when they allowed 258. It was Harper's fourth multi-homer game of the season and the 14th of his career.

NATIONALS MOVES

Starter Joe Ross (5-3) went on the 10-day DL with a sprained elbow. There's no indication how long he'll be sidelined. The Nationals also called up relievers Austin Adams and Trevor Gott from Triple-A Syracuse and optioned LHP Sammy Solis.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: OF Jayson Werth is taking longer than anticipated to recover from a bruised left foot, which he fouled a ball off on June 5. Baker says the foot still bothers him when he runs hard.

Reds: C Devin Mesoraco will catch in the bullpen on Saturday. The Reds then will decide whether he needs a rehab assignment before returning from the DL. He's been sidelined since July 3 with a strained left shoulder.

UP NEXT

Nationals: RHP Max Scherzer (10-5) started for the NL in the All-Star Game on Tuesday and pitched one inning.

Reds: RHP Luis Castillo (1-1) makes his fifth major league start. He made his debut in Washington on June 13 and gave up solo homers to Goodwin and Rendon during five innings of a 6-5 loss.

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  • W: G. Gonzalez (8-4)L: T. Adleman (5-7)S: M. Grace (1)
  • HR: WAS - B. Harper 2 (22)
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R. Zimmerman 1B30000112.327.372.590.9620.5
S. Drew 2B40110011.282.322.410.7321.5
A. Rendon 3B30210110.308.411.557.9684.5
M. Wieters C30200102.249.301.385.6864.0
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    Z. Cozart SS40000002.311.389.538.9270.0
    J. Votto 1B30000100.312.425.6251.0501.0
    A. Duvall LF40200011.281.323.559.8822.5
    E. Suarez 3B30100110.255.360.436.7961.5
    S. Schebler RF40100024.254.326.525.8512.0
    J. Peraza 2B40100003.254.277.333.6111.0
    T. Barnhart C40100004.272.335.398.7331.0
    T. Adleman P10000010.080.080.120.200-0.5
    A. Hernandez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    A. Wojciechowski P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    b- A. Alcantara PH10000001.214.224.310.5330.0
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    • a-struck out for Hernandez in the 5th
    • b-flied out for Storen in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - B. Goodwin (10), A. Rendon (22), M. Wieters (14)
    • HR - B. Harper 2 (22)
    • RBI - B. Harper 3 (68), S. Drew (17), A. Rendon (55)
    • 2-Out RBI - S. Drew (5), A. Rendon (20)
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Duvall (28)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - S. Schebler (4)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - S. Schebler (5)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    G. Gonzalez (W, 8-4)8.14002602.661.1931.0
    M. Albers0.13000101.910.91-2.5
    M. Grace (S, 1)0.10000003.861.507.0
    PITCHERSIP
    G. Gonzalez (W, 8-4)8.1
    M. Albers0.1
    M. Grace (S, 1)0.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Adleman (L, 5-7)4.17553424.991.38-6.0
    A. Hernandez0.21001001.460.81-2.0
    A. Wojciechowski2.00000405.921.278.0
    D. Storen1.01000202.721.273.0
    T. Cingrani1.00000102.550.963.5
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - G. Gonzalez 113-74, M. Albers 18-12, M. Grace 1-1
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Gonzalez 13-5, M. Grace 1-0
    • Batters Faced - G. Gonzalez 30, M. Albers 4, M. Grace
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Adleman 98-63, A. Hernandez 9-4, A. Wojciechowski 29-18, D. Storen 16-11, T. Cingrani 8-6
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Adleman 2-7, A. Hernandez 1-0, A. Wojciechowski 1-1, D. Storen 1-0, T. Cingrani 2-0
    • Batters Faced - T. Adleman 23, A. Hernandez 3, A. Wojciechowski 6, D. Storen 4, T. Cingrani 3
    • Balks - T. Adleman
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    W. Difo SS51100001.243.321.313.6342.0
    B. Harper RF43232110.327.434.6081.04214.5
    R. Zimmerman 1B30000112.327.372.590.9620.5
    S. Drew 2B40110011.282.322.410.7321.5
    A. Rendon 3B30210110.308.411.557.9684.5
    M. Wieters C30200102.249.301.385.6864.0
    C. Heisey LF40000025.123.167.211.377-1.0
    G. Gonzalez P40000021.122.163.122.285-1.0
    M. Albers P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    M. Grace P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      B. Hamilton CF40100011.242.296.320.6160.5
      Z. Cozart SS40000002.311.389.538.9270.0
      J. Votto 1B30000100.312.425.6251.0501.0
      A. Duvall LF40200011.281.323.559.8822.5
      E. Suarez 3B30100110.255.360.436.7961.5
      S. Schebler RF40100024.254.326.525.8512.0
      J. Peraza 2B40100003.254.277.333.6111.0
      T. Barnhart C40100004.272.335.398.7331.0
      T. Adleman P10000010.080.080.120.200-0.5
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      b- A. Alcantara PH10000001.214.224.310.5330.0
      T. Cingrani P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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      • a-struck out for Hernandez in the 5th
      • b-flied out for Storen in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Goodwin (10), A. Rendon (22), M. Wieters (14)
      • HR - B. Harper 2 (22)
      • RBI - B. Harper 3 (68), S. Drew (17), A. Rendon (55)
      • 2-Out RBI - S. Drew (5), A. Rendon (20)
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Duvall (28)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - S. Schebler (4)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - S. Schebler (5)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      G. Gonzalez (W, 8-4)8.14002602.661.1931.0
      M. Albers0.13000101.910.91-2.5
      M. Grace (S, 1)0.10000003.861.507.0
      Total9.0700270---
      PITCHERSIP
      G. Gonzalez (W, 8-4)8.1
      M. Albers0.1
      M. Grace (S, 1)0.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Adleman (L, 5-7)4.17553424.991.38-6.0
      A. Hernandez0.21001001.460.81-2.0
      A. Wojciechowski2.00000405.921.278.0
      D. Storen1.01000202.721.273.0
      T. Cingrani1.00000102.550.963.5
      Total9.09554112---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Adleman (L, 5-7)4.1
      A. Hernandez0.2
      A. Wojciechowski2.0
      D. Storen1.0
      T. Cingrani1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - G. Gonzalez 113-74, M. Albers 18-12, M. Grace 1-1
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Gonzalez 13-5, M. Grace 1-0
      • Batters Faced - G. Gonzalez 30, M. Albers 4, M. Grace
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Adleman 98-63, A. Hernandez 9-4, A. Wojciechowski 29-18, D. Storen 16-11, T. Cingrani 8-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Adleman 2-7, A. Hernandez 1-0, A. Wojciechowski 1-1, D. Storen 1-0, T. Cingrani 2-0
      • Batters Faced - T. Adleman 23, A. Hernandez 3, A. Wojciechowski 6, D. Storen 4, T. Cingrani 3
      • Balks - T. Adleman
      • 5TH INNING
        Harper homered to center50
      • 3RD INNING
        Harper homered to right, Difo scored40
      • 1ST INNING
        Rendon singled to center, Harper scored, Drew to second20
        Drew singled to center, Goodwin scored, Harper to second10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Tony Cingrani pitching
        • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Goodwin struck out swinging
        • W. Difo: Difo grounded out to third
        • B. Harper: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Harper grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
        • J. Votto: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Votto flied out to left
        • Matt Albers relieved Gio Gonzalez
        • A. Duvall: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Duvall singled to left center
        • E. Suarez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Suarez singled to center, Duvall to second
        • S. Schebler: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike swinging, Schebler struck out swinging
        • J. Peraza: Peraza reached on an infield single to shortstop, Duvall to third, Suarez to second
        • Matt Grace relieved Matt Albers
        • T. Barnhart: Barnhart grounded out to second
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • struck out swinging
        • M. Wieters: Ball, Ball, Ball, doubled to deep right, In play
        • C. Heisey: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging
        • G. Gonzalez: Strike swinging, In play
        • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
        • T. Barnhart: Strike looking, In play
        • A. Alcantara: Strike looking, Alcantara flied out to right
        • B. Hamilton: Ball, Hamilton reached on fielder's choice to third, Barnhart out at second
        • Z. Cozart: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Cozart flied out to right
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • A. Wojciechowski Pitching:
        • B. Harper: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Harper struck out swinging
        • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Zimmerman popped out to shortstop
        • S. Drew: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Drew struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
        • E. Suarez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Suarez grounded out to third, Strike looking, Strike looking, Schebler grounded out to second
        • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Peraza grounded out to third
        • In play
      • 6TH INNING
        • Asher Wojciechowski pitching
        • G. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
        • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Goodwin struck out looking
        • W. Difo: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Difo grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
        • Z. Cozart: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Cozart grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Votto: Votto grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Duvall: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Duvall struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • T. Adleman Pitching:
        • B. Harper: Foul, Ball, Harper homered to center
        • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Zimmerman walked
        • S. Drew: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Drew grounded out to third, Zimmerman to second
        • Ariel Hernandez relieved Tim Adleman
        • A. Rendon: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rendon walked
        • M. Wieters: Wieters singled to right, Zimmerman out at home, Rendon to third
        • C. Heisey: Foul, Ball, Heisey grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
        • T. Barnhart: Foul, Foul, Barnhart grounded out to shortstop
        • Patrick Kivlehan hit for Ariel Hernandez
        • P. Kivlehan: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kivlehan struck out swinging
        • B. Hamilton: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Hamilton struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • T. Adleman Pitching:
        • G. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
        • B. Goodwin: Goodwin lined out to right
        • W. Difo: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Difo lined out to center
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
        • J. Votto: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Votto grounded out to pitcher
        • A. Duvall: Ball, Duvall doubled to deep left
        • E. Suarez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Suarez walked
        • S. Schebler: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Schebler struck out swinging
        • J. Peraza: Peraza lined out to center
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • T. Adleman Pitching:
        • W. Difo: Ball, Foul, Difo singled to left
        • B. Harper: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Harper homered to right, Difo scored
        • R. Zimmerman: Zimmerman flied out to deep center
        • S. Drew: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Drew flied out to left
        • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Rendon doubled to deep right center
        • M. Wieters: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Rendon to third on balk, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Wieters walked
        • C. Heisey: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Heisey flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
        • T. Adleman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Adleman struck out looking
        • B. Hamilton: Ball, Hamilton grounded out to shortstop
        • Z. Cozart: Strike looking, Cozart flied out to deep left
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • T. Adleman Pitching:
        • C. Heisey: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Heisey struck out on foul tip
        • G. Gonzalez: Gonzalez fouled out to third
        • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Goodwin struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
        • E. Suarez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Suarez struck out looking
        • S. Schebler: Strike looking, Schebler reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Schebler stole second, Peraza grounded out to third
        • T. Barnhart: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Barnhart grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • T. Adleman Pitching:
        • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Goodwin doubled to deep right
        • W. Difo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Difo grounded out to first, Goodwin to third
        • B. Harper: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Harper walked
        • R. Zimmerman: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Zimmerman struck out swinging
        • S. Drew: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Drew singled to center, Goodwin scored, Harper to second
        • A. Rendon: Foul, Ball, Rendon singled to center, Harper scored, Drew to second
        • M. Wieters: Ball, Ball, Foul, Wieters fouled out to third
        • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
        • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Hamilton reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • Z. Cozart: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Cozart grounded into double play third to second to first, Hamilton out at second
        • J. Votto: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Votto walked
        • A. Duvall: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Duvall reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Votto out at second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)