Harper, Eaton lead Nationals over Reds 6-5 for opening sweep

CINCINNATI (AP) Bryce Harper finally hit a homer - two, no less. Leadoff man Adam Eaton had another big game. And the starting pitching was exquisite for the third time in a row.

It's early, but new manager Dave Martinez feels good about what's going on with Washington.

Harper hit a pair of solo homers, Eaton capped his impressive opening series with a two-run drive, and the Nationals held on for a 6-5 victory Sunday and a three-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds.

The Nationals are 3-0 for the fourth time in their history. They last swept an opening series in 2014.

''I know it's only three games, but I like what I see,'' Martinez said.

Starting from the top.

Eaton returned from a knee injury that wiped out most of his 2017 season and figured prominently in all three victories, going 8 for 13 with two doubles, two homers, five RBIs and six runs scored.

Eaton singled and scored in a 2-0 opening win, went 5 for 5 with a homer in a 13-7 victory, and opened Sunday's game with a single. Anthony Rendon followed with his first homer off Sal Romano (0-1) . Eaton also had a two-run shot in the seventh inning.

''Eaton helped us out a lot last year and then he got hurt,'' Harper said, referring to his torn ACL in April. ''It's good to have him back.''

Harper connected for the first time in the sixth and again in the ninth inning, giving the Nationals a franchise-record eight homers in an opening series. He's homered in the Nationals' opening series each of the last six seasons.

Left-hander Gio Gonzalez (1-0) threw his best game last year against the Reds, going a season-high 8 1/3 innings for a 5-0 victory on July 14. He handled them again, allowing only five hits and one run while pitching into the seventh.

The Nationals have gotten off to their perfect start with impeccable starting pitching. NL Cy Young winner Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Gonzalez allowed only two earned runs combined.

The Nationals' bullpen struggled to hold it.

Sammy Solis gave up Billy Hamilton's RBI double in the eighth and loaded the bases with no outs. Ryan Madson induced Adam Duvall's double-play grounder that undercut the rally. Sean Doolittle gave up Phil Gosselin's two-run homer in the ninth before fanning Hamilton to get his second save.

The Reds never led in the series, which began with the opener pushed back a day because of rain. Cincinnati is 0-3 for the first time since 2003, its inaugural season at Great American Ball Park.

''They're doing exactly what we want to do: Get early leads and add on,'' manager Bryan Price said. ''They scored in the first inning in all three games. It's frustrating to lose. We're hoping for some big changes around here.''

QUOTE OF THE DAY

Eaton on why he was moving slowly after the game: ''I don't know how I look, but how I feel - I feel pretty good. I've always kind of old-manned it. You should interview my wife. She's like, `Yeah, he's always slumped over.' I walk really slow. And when I jog, I jog like I'm 85 years old. But it's just me conserving my body.''

FINALLY!

Eaton's leadoff single gave him a streak of six straight hits. He grounded out in his next two at-bats before hitting his homer.

HOPPY TO BE HERE

Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett donned a white rabbit outfit to entertain children as part of a Reds promotion before the game. Gennett said he also dressed as a rabbit one time with the Brewers. He ordered the bunny outfit online.

''It was supposed to be pink,'' he said. ''They sent me the wrong one.''

WELCOME BACK

Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco made his first appearance since Aug. 14, when he suffered a broken left foot. Mesoraco has been limited to 95 games in the last three seasons because of hip, shoulder and foot injuries. He went 1 for 4 with a single.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Reds: Closer Raisel Iglesias returned from a three-day paternity leave and pitched the ninth, giving up Harper's second homer. The Reds optioned reliever Jackson Stephens to Triple-A Louisville to open a spot. Stephens gave up a pair of runs in one inning on Saturday.

UP NEXT

Nationals: Open a three-game series in Atlanta, with Tanner Roark facing left-hander Sean Newcomb. Roark is 6-3 career against the Braves with a 2.88 ERA in 13 starts and six relief appearances.

Reds: Remain home for a two-game series against the Cubs, who have won 30 of the last 41 games between the NL Central rivals. Tyler Mahle makes his fifth career start and his first against Chicago, which starts Tyler Chatwood.

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  • W: G. Gonzalez (1-0)L: S. Romano (0-1)S: S. Doolittle (2)
  • HR: WAS - B. Harper 2 (2), A. Eaton (2), A. Rendon (1), CIN - P. Gosselin (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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B. Harper RF42222100.400.4291.0001.42913.0
R. Zimmerman 1B40100110.125.300.125.4251.5
T. Turner SS40100112.273.429.545.9743.5
M. Taylor CF30000123.125.222.125.3470.0
M. Montero C30000101.000.250.000.2501.0
G. Gonzalez P30000022.000.000.000.000-1.0
M. Grace P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- B. Goodwin PH-LF00000000.333.375.8331.2081.0
W. Difo 2B31100100.333.500.333.8335.0
  • a-hit by pitch for Grace in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Hamilton CF51110020.111.111.222.3333.0
E. Suarez 3B21000210.182.308.455.7622.5
J. Votto 1B30100001.273.385.273.6572.0
A. Duvall LF40110013.222.200.667.8672.5
S. Gennett 2B40100012.538.538.6921.2311.5
R. Iglesias P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
D. Mesoraco C40100011.200.200.200.4000.5
S. Schebler RF31100001.333.385.6671.0513.0
J. Peraza SS40000003.000.000.000.0000.0
S. Romano P20000020.000.000.000.000-1.0
Y. Gallardo P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
W. Peralta P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- P. Gosselin PH-2B12121100.500.6672.0002.6679.0
  • a-walked for Peralta in the 8th
BATTING
  • HR - A. Eaton (2), A. Rendon, B. Harper 2 (2)
  • RBI - A. Eaton 2 (5), A. Rendon 2 (2), B. Harper 2 (4)
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Hamilton, A. Duvall, S. Gennett (2)
  • HR - P. Gosselin
  • RBI - B. Hamilton, A. Duvall (4), P. Gosselin 2 (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Duvall, P. Gosselin 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Turner, W. Difo
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Gonzalez (W, 1-0)6.05111701.501.0024.5
M. Grace1.00000009.001.003.0
S. Solis0.012220027.004.50-5.0
R. Madson (H, 2)1.00000000.001.003.0
S. Doolittle (S, 2)1.01220119.001.007.5
PITCHERSIP
G. Gonzalez (W, 1-0)6.0
M. Grace1.0
S. Solis0.0
R. Madson (H, 2)1.0
S. Doolittle (S, 2)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Romano (L, 0-1)6.04334224.501.336.0
Y. Gallardo1.032211118.004.00-2.5
W. Peralta1.00001100.000.752.5
R. Iglesias1.01110219.001.002.0
PITCHERSIP
S. Romano (L, 0-1)6.0
Y. Gallardo1.0
W. Peralta1.0
R. Iglesias1.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - S. Solis, S. Doolittle
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Gonzalez 91-59, M. Grace 3-3, S. Solis 19-10, R. Madson 7-5, S. Doolittle 20-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Gonzalez 4-7, M. Grace 1-1, R. Madson 1-1
  • Batters Faced - G. Gonzalez 24, M. Grace 2, S. Solis 4, R. Madson 2, S. Doolittle 5
PITCHING
  • IBB - S. Romano
  • HBP - W. Peralta
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Romano 95-53, Y. Gallardo 28-15, W. Peralta 11-6, R. Iglesias 17-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Romano 12-3, W. Peralta 1-1
  • Batters Faced - S. Romano 25, Y. Gallardo 7, W. Peralta 5, R. Iglesias 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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S. Solis P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
R. Madson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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A. Rendon 3B51121000.231.286.462.7477.0
B. Harper RF42222100.400.4291.0001.42913.0
R. Zimmerman 1B40100110.125.300.125.4251.5
T. Turner SS40100112.273.429.545.9743.5
M. Taylor CF30000123.125.222.125.3470.0
M. Montero C30000101.000.250.000.2501.0
G. Gonzalez P30000022.000.000.000.000-1.0
M. Grace P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- B. Goodwin PH-LF00000000.333.375.8331.2081.0
W. Difo 2B31100100.333.500.333.8335.0
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  • a-hit by pitch for Grace in the 8th
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B. Hamilton CF51110020.111.111.222.3333.0
E. Suarez 3B21000210.182.308.455.7622.5
J. Votto 1B30100001.273.385.273.6572.0
A. Duvall LF40110013.222.200.667.8672.5
S. Gennett 2B40100012.538.538.6921.2311.5
R. Iglesias P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
D. Mesoraco C40100011.200.200.200.4000.5
S. Schebler RF31100001.333.385.6671.0513.0
J. Peraza SS40000003.000.000.000.0000.0
S. Romano P20000020.000.000.000.000-1.0
Y. Gallardo P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
W. Peralta P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- P. Gosselin PH-2B12121100.500.6672.0002.6679.0
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  • a-walked for Peralta in the 8th
BATTING
  • HR - A. Eaton (2), A. Rendon, B. Harper 2 (2)
  • RBI - A. Eaton 2 (5), A. Rendon 2 (2), B. Harper 2 (4)
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Hamilton, A. Duvall, S. Gennett (2)
  • HR - P. Gosselin
  • RBI - B. Hamilton, A. Duvall (4), P. Gosselin 2 (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Duvall, P. Gosselin 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Turner, W. Difo
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Gonzalez (W, 1-0)6.05111701.501.0024.5
M. Grace1.00000009.001.003.0
S. Solis0.012220027.004.50-5.0
R. Madson (H, 2)1.00000000.001.003.0
S. Doolittle (S, 2)1.01220119.001.007.5
Total9.0755381---
PITCHERSIP
G. Gonzalez (W, 1-0)6.0
M. Grace1.0
S. Solis0.0
R. Madson (H, 2)1.0
S. Doolittle (S, 2)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Romano (L, 0-1)6.04334224.501.336.0
Y. Gallardo1.032211118.004.00-2.5
W. Peralta1.00001100.000.752.5
R. Iglesias1.01110219.001.002.0
Total9.0866664---
PITCHERSIP
S. Romano (L, 0-1)6.0
Y. Gallardo1.0
W. Peralta1.0
R. Iglesias1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - S. Solis, S. Doolittle
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Gonzalez 91-59, M. Grace 3-3, S. Solis 19-10, R. Madson 7-5, S. Doolittle 20-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Gonzalez 4-7, M. Grace 1-1, R. Madson 1-1
  • Batters Faced - G. Gonzalez 24, M. Grace 2, S. Solis 4, R. Madson 2, S. Doolittle 5
PITCHING
  • IBB - S. Romano
  • HBP - W. Peralta
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Romano 95-53, Y. Gallardo 28-15, W. Peralta 11-6, R. Iglesias 17-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Romano 12-3, W. Peralta 1-1
  • Batters Faced - S. Romano 25, Y. Gallardo 7, W. Peralta 5, R. Iglesias 4
  • 9TH INNING
    Gosselin homered to center, Schebler scored65
    Harper homered to center63
  • 8TH INNING
    Duvall grounded into double play first to third to second, Hamilton scored, Suarez to third, Votto out at second53
    Hamilton doubled to deep left, Gosselin scored52
  • 7TH INNING
    Eaton homered to right, Difo scored51
  • 6TH INNING
    Duvall doubled to deep right, Suarez scored31
    Harper homered to right center30
  • 1ST INNING
    Rendon homered to left, Eaton scored20
  • 9TH INNING
    • Raisel Iglesias pitching
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Rendon flied out to right
    • B. Harper: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Harper homered to center
    • R. Zimmerman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Zimmerman struck out swinging
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Turner struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Sean Doolittle relieved Ryan Madson
    • D. Mesoraco: Ball, Mesoraco popped out to second
    • S. Schebler: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Schebler hit by pitch
    • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Peraza popped out to second
    • P. Gosselin: Foul, Strike looking, Schebler to second on fielder's indifference, Foul, Gosselin homered to center, Schebler scored
    • B. Hamilton: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Hamilton struck out looking
    • End of the 9th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Wandy Peralta relieved Yovani Gallardo
    • M. Taylor: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • M. Montero: Montero grounded out to shortstop
    • Brian Goodwin hit for Matt Grace
    • B. Goodwin: Ball, Goodwin hit by pitch
    • W. Difo: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Difo walked, Goodwin to second
    • A. Eaton: Eaton lined out to left
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Sammy Solis pitching
    • Phil Gosselin hit for Wandy Peralta
    • P. Gosselin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gosselin walked
    • B. Hamilton: Foul, Hamilton doubled to deep left, Gosselin scored
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Suarez walked
    • J. Votto: Strike swinging, Ball, Votto hit by pitch, Hamilton to third, Suarez to second
    • Ryan Madson relieved Sammy Solis
    • A. Duvall: Ball, Strike looking, Duvall grounded into double play first to third to second, Hamilton scored, Suarez to third, Votto out at second
    • S. Gennett: Foul, Ball, Foul, Gennett lined out to right
    • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Yovani Gallardo relieved Sal Romano
    • G. Gonzalez: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • W. Difo: Strike looking, Difo singled to left center
    • A. Eaton: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Difo stole second, Ball, Eaton homered to right, Difo scored
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Rendon flied out to right
    • B. Harper: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Harper walked
    • R. Zimmerman: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Zimmerman singled to left, Harper to second
    • T. Turner: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Turner lined out to right
    • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • D. Mesoraco: Strike looking, Mesoraco singled to left center
    • Matt Grace relieved Gio Gonzalez
    • S. Schebler: Foul, Schebler lined out to left
    • J. Peraza: Peraza grounded into double play second to first, Mesoraco out at second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • S. Romano Pitching:
    • B. Harper: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Harper homered to right center
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Zimmerman grounded out to third
    • T. Turner: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Turner grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Taylor walked
    • M. Montero: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Montero grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • B. Hamilton: Strike swinging, Ball, Hamilton flied out to right
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Suarez walked
    • J. Votto: Foul, Ball, Votto grounded out to second, Suarez to second
    • A. Duvall: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Duvall doubled to deep right, Suarez scored
    • S. Gennett: Ball, Gennett fouled out to third
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • S. Romano Pitching:
    • W. Difo: Ball, Difo grounded out to first
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Eaton grounded out to second
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Rendon flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • S. Schebler: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Schebler popped out to second
    • J. Peraza: Ball, Ball, Peraza flied out to deep center
    • S. Romano: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Romano struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • S. Romano Pitching:
    • R. Zimmerman: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Zimmerman walked
    • T. Turner: Turner singled to center, Zimmerman to second
    • M. Taylor: Foul, Taylor grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Zimmerman to third, Turner out at second
    • M. Montero: Montero intentionally walked
    • G. Gonzalez: Foul, Gonzalez reached on fielder's choice to third, Montero out at second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • J. Votto: Strike looking, Votto grounded out to first
    • A. Duvall: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Duvall struck out looking
    • S. Gennett: Gennett doubled to deep center
    • D. Mesoraco: Mesoraco grounded out to first
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • S. Romano Pitching:
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Ball, Eaton grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Ball, Rendon lined out to center
    • B. Harper: Strike swinging, Ball, Harper flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • S. Romano: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Romano struck out looking
    • B. Hamilton: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Hamilton lined out to right
    • E. Suarez: Suarez grounded out to second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • S. Romano Pitching:
    • M. Montero: Ball, Montero grounded out to shortstop
    • G. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • W. Difo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Difo grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • S. Gennett: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gennett struck out swinging
    • D. Mesoraco: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Mesoraco struck out swinging
    • S. Schebler: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Schebler singled to left
    • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Peraza lined out to right
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • S. Romano Pitching:
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Strike looking, Eaton singled to right
    • A. Rendon: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Rendon homered to left, Eaton scored
    • B. Harper: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Harper grounded out to second
    • R. Zimmerman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Zimmerman grounded out to first
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Turner walked
    • M. Taylor: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Turner stole second, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Taylor struck out looking
    • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hamilton struck out swinging
    • E. Suarez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Suarez struck out looking
    • J. Votto: Votto singled to left
    • A. Duvall: Strike looking, Duvall flied out to deep center
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)