Harper, Votto hit, Nats beat Reds 6-2 to split doubleheader

WASHINGTON (AP) Nationals slugger Bryce Harper got hit by a pitch and soon left the field. Then Reds star Joey Votto got hit and immediately went off - on the Nats.

The second game of a doubleheader turned testy Saturday night after a pair of former NL MVPs got plunked during Washington's 6-2 win for a split.

In the sixth inning, Harper was hit in the right kneecap by Austin Brice. Harper initially struggled to put any weight on his leg, but ultimately made his way to first base.

But Harper labored defensively chasing after a double by Mason Williams in the seventh and was immediately replaced in right field by Adam Eaton.

''It hurts,'' Harper said. ''I'll see where I'm at (Sunday) and go from there.''

In the eighth, Votto was hit for the second time in the game, nailed in the leg by Ryan Madson's first pitch.

Votto gestured at Madson as he took first base. After being retired on a forceout at second to end the inning, Votto waved at Washington's dugout, prompting plate umpire Andy Fletcher to warn both teams.

Cincinnati interim manager Jim Riggleman said the Madson pitch ''certainly appeared (intentional). The only person who knows is the person who threw the pitch.''

That person says the Reds had the wrong read.

''No. I didn't mean to hit him,'' Madson said. ''Definitely didn't mean to hurt him. Nothing like that. Hopefully, he's OK.''

Votto, who also was hit in the first inning, remained in the game. He was not available to reporters after it was over.

''I was just in pain,'' Harper said. ''There was no point in being out there.''

Washington's Spencer Kieboom was hit in the seventh.

The Reds won a tame opener 7-1 before tempers flared.

Anthony Rendon had a pair of RBI doubles and Matt Adams homered in the second game for Washington.

Jose Peraza led off the game with a homer for Cincinnati and Eugenio Suarez hit his 26th home run.

The Nationals scored single runs in each of the opening five innings against Matt Harvey (5-7).

''It was kind of a battle from beginning,'' Harvey said. ''It's never good when you give up a run every inning. It's obviously not ideal.''

Jeremy Hellickson (5-2) pitched into the sixth. The Nationals have won four of five.

In the opener, Cincinnati starter Anthony DeSclafani (5-3) allowed one run in seven innings, stopping Washington's three-game winning streak.

The Reds had six runs and 10 hits against Gio Gonzalez (6-8), who lasted only 3 2/3 innings. He has lost seven straight decisions.

''If I knew the answer to that, it'd be a different outcome,'' Gonzalez said of his struggles. ''Right now, I'm just trying to battle through whatever I'm going through. Hopefully start catching my breaks. Tide will change.''

Phillip Ervin hit a three-run homer and Brandon Dixon had a solo shot as the Reds snapped a three-game losing streak.

WELCOME

Reds pitcher Jesus Reyes made his major league debut in the bottom of the seventh. He hit Kieboom, the first batter faced, with a pitch before settling down for two innings of scoreless relief.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Reds: Brice was recalled from Triple-A Louisville to serve as the 26th man for the second game. He replaced Harvey in the fifth, hit Harper with a pitch and allowed one run in two innings.

Nationals: Pitcher Stephen Strasburg, put on the 10-day DL retroactive to July 22, is eligible to return, but when he will remains unclear. ''Every day, he's progressing. There's no real timeline right now,'' manager Davey Martinez said. ''Hopefully, he's feeling good enough in the next week or so he can get off the mound, throw a bullpen. We'll see. He's definitely progressing in that direction.''

UP NEXT

Reds: RHP Luis Castillo (6-8, 4.98) allowed six earned runs over five innings in Cincinnati's 13-7 home loss to Washington on March 31.

Nationals: RHP Tanner Roark (5-12, 4.37) is 2-0 in last two starts with 18 strikeouts and one earned run over 15 innings.

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  • W: J. Hellickson (5-2)L: M. Harvey (5-7)
  • HR: CIN - E. Suarez (26), J. Peraza (6), WAS - M. Adams (18)
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T. Barnhart C20000011.245.331.362.692-0.5
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B. Hamilton CF30000000.227.301.306.6070.0
  • a-fouled out for Brice in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Reyes in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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A. Rendon 3B50320000.288.348.519.8677.0
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A. Eaton RF00000000.302.395.396.7910.0
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  • a-grounded into a double play for Grace in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Williams 2 (2)
  • HR - J. Peraza (6), E. Suarez (26)
  • RBI - J. Peraza (38), E. Suarez (85)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Soto (16), A. Rendon 2 (28), M. Adams (9), W. Difo (10)
  • HR - M. Adams (18)
  • SH - J. Hellickson (2)
  • RBI - A. Rendon 2 (55), M. Adams 2 (48), W. Difo 2 (29)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Rendon (19), W. Difo 2 (13)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Suarez-Gennett-Votto)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Difo-Turner-Adams)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Harvey (L, 5-7)4.09552115.371.35-8.5
A. Brice2.01112205.591.383.0
J. Reyes2.00000000.000.006.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Harvey (L, 5-7)4.0
A. Brice2.0
J. Reyes2.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Hellickson (W, 5-2)5.24220323.561.1017.5
M. Grace1.11000202.611.093.0
R. Madson1.00000004.541.463.0
K. Herrera1.01001102.181.191.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Hellickson (W, 5-2)5.2
M. Grace1.1
R. Madson1.0
K. Herrera1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - A. Brice
  • IBB - M. Harvey, A. Brice (6)
  • HBP - A. Brice (3), J. Reyes
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Harvey 71-47, A. Brice 32-20, J. Reyes 20-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Harvey 9-2, A. Brice 4-0, J. Reyes 3-2
  • Batters Faced - M. Harvey 23, A. Brice 10, J. Reyes 6
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Hellickson (7), R. Madson (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hellickson 71-49, M. Grace 20-14, R. Madson 17-11, K. Herrera 29-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hellickson 8-5, R. Madson 2-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Hellickson 21, M. Grace 5, R. Madson 4, K. Herrera 5
  • Balks - K. Herrera
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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E. Suarez 3B41211002.302.385.585.9707.0
S. Gennett 2B40000021.310.361.496.857-1.0
M. Williams RF40300000.360.360.560.9205.0
T. Barnhart C20000011.245.331.362.692-0.5
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P. Tucker LF40000012.248.295.426.721-0.5
M. Harvey P20000000.056.105.056.1610.0
A. Brice P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- P. Ervin PH10000001.311.376.446.8220.0
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B. Hamilton CF30000000.227.301.306.6070.0
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  • a-fouled out for Brice in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Reyes in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Turner SS50000002.267.338.413.7510.0
J. Soto LF43200110.313.423.561.9846.5
A. Rendon 3B50320000.288.348.519.8677.0
B. Harper RF30000004.231.379.492.8711.0
A. Eaton RF00000000.302.395.396.7910.0
M. Adams 1B31221101.281.354.557.91110.0
M. Taylor CF31100102.243.308.377.6853.0
S. Kieboom C21000114.211.288.254.5412.5
J. Hellickson P20000014.074.074.111.185-0.5
M. Grace P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- M. Reynolds PH10000001.271.361.541.9030.0
R. Madson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
K. Herrera P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
W. Difo 2B40220000.246.302.352.6545.0
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  • a-grounded into a double play for Grace in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Williams 2 (2)
  • HR - J. Peraza (6), E. Suarez (26)
  • RBI - J. Peraza (38), E. Suarez (85)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Soto (16), A. Rendon 2 (28), M. Adams (9), W. Difo (10)
  • HR - M. Adams (18)
  • SH - J. Hellickson (2)
  • RBI - A. Rendon 2 (55), M. Adams 2 (48), W. Difo 2 (29)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Rendon (19), W. Difo 2 (13)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Suarez-Gennett-Votto)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Difo-Turner-Adams)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Harvey (L, 5-7)4.09552115.371.35-8.5
A. Brice2.01112205.591.383.0
J. Reyes2.00000000.000.006.0
Total8.01066431---
PITCHERSIP
M. Harvey (L, 5-7)4.0
A. Brice2.0
J. Reyes2.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Hellickson (W, 5-2)5.24220323.561.1017.5
M. Grace1.11000202.611.093.0
R. Madson1.00000004.541.463.0
K. Herrera1.01001102.181.191.5
Total9.0622162---
PITCHERSIP
J. Hellickson (W, 5-2)5.2
M. Grace1.1
R. Madson1.0
K. Herrera1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - A. Brice
  • IBB - M. Harvey, A. Brice (6)
  • HBP - A. Brice (3), J. Reyes
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Harvey 71-47, A. Brice 32-20, J. Reyes 20-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Harvey 9-2, A. Brice 4-0, J. Reyes 3-2
  • Batters Faced - M. Harvey 23, A. Brice 10, J. Reyes 6
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Hellickson (7), R. Madson (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hellickson 71-49, M. Grace 20-14, R. Madson 17-11, K. Herrera 29-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hellickson 8-5, R. Madson 2-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Hellickson 21, M. Grace 5, R. Madson 4, K. Herrera 5
  • Balks - K. Herrera
  • 5TH INNING
    Difo doubled to shallow left, Kieboom scored26
    Adams homered to right center25
  • 4TH INNING
    Rendon doubled to deep left, Soto scored24
    Suarez homered to left23
  • 3RD INNING
    Adams doubled to right, Soto scored, Rendon to third13
  • 2ND INNING
    Difo singled to shallow center, Taylor scored, Difo to second12
  • 1ST INNING
    Rendon doubled to left center, Soto scored11
    Peraza homered to center10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Kelvin Herrera relieved Ryan Madson
    • S. Gennett: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Gennett lined out to left
    • M. Williams: Ball, Ball, Foul, Williams singled to shallow left
    • C. Casali: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Williams to second on balk, Ball, Casali walked
    • P. Tucker: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Tucker flied out to deep right, Williams to third
    • Brandon Dixon hit for Jesus Reyes
    • B. Dixon: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Dixon struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Ryan Madson pitching
    • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Hamilton lined out to second
    • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Peraza grounded out to second
    • J. Votto: Ball, Votto hit by pitch
    • E. Suarez: Strike looking, Ball, Suarez grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Votto out at second
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Reyes Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Turner grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Soto: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Soto flied out to deep center
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Ball, Rendon grounded out to third
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • M. Grace Pitching:
    • M. Williams: Ball, Strike looking, Williams doubled to deep right center
    • Adam Eaton in right field
    • C. Casali: Ball, Casali lined out to left
    • P. Tucker: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Tucker struck out swinging
    • Phillip Ervin hit for Austin Brice
    • P. Ervin: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ervin fouled out to first
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Jesus Reyes pitching
    • S. Kieboom: Ball, Ball, Kieboom hit by pitch
    • Mark Reynolds hit for Matt Grace
    • M. Reynolds: Reynolds grounded into double play third to second to first, Kieboom out at second
    • W. Difo: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Difo flied out to right
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • J. Peraza: Ball, Peraza grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Votto: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Votto struck out looking
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Ball, Suarez singled to shallow right center
    • Matt Grace relieved Jeremy Hellickson
    • S. Gennett: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Gennett struck out looking
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Brice Pitching:
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Soto struck out swinging
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Rendon grounded out to third
    • B. Harper: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Harper hit by pitch
    • M. Adams: Ball, Harper to second on wild pitch, Adams intentionally walked
    • M. Taylor: Foul, Foul, Ball, Taylor grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Adams out at second
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • P. Tucker: Tucker grounded out to first
    • M. Harvey: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Harvey flied out to deep right
    • B. Hamilton: Hamilton grounded bunt out to third
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Harvey Pitching:
    • M. Adams: Ball, Ball, Adams homered to right center
    • Curt Casali catching
    • Austin Brice relieved Matt Harvey
    • M. Taylor: Strike looking, Taylor grounded out to pitcher
    • S. Kieboom: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Kieboom walked
    • J. Hellickson: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Hellickson struck out looking
    • W. Difo: Ball, Difo doubled to shallow left, Kieboom scored
    • T. Turner: Ball, Strike looking, Turner grounded out to third
    • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • J. Votto: Ball, Strike swinging, Votto flied out to deep right
    • E. Suarez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Suarez homered to left
    • S. Gennett: Ball, Gennett flied out to center
    • M. Williams: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Williams doubled to shallow right center
    • T. Barnhart: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Barnhart struck out looking
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Harvey Pitching:
    • W. Difo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Difo grounded out to second
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Turner grounded out to second
    • J. Soto: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Soto walked
    • A. Rendon: Rendon doubled to deep left, Soto scored
    • B. Harper: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Harper grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • M. Harvey: Strike looking, Strike looking, Harvey grounded out to second
    • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Ball, Hamilton grounded out to second
    • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Peraza popped out to first
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Harvey Pitching:
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Soto singled to shallow right
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Ball, Rendon singled to shallow left, Soto to second
    • B. Harper: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Harper fouled out to third
    • M. Adams: Ball, Adams doubled to right, Soto scored, Rendon to third
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Ball, Taylor intentionally walked
    • S. Kieboom: Foul, Foul, Kieboom fouled out to third
    • J. Hellickson: Strike swinging, Foul, Hellickson grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Taylor out at second
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • M. Williams: Williams grounded out to first
    • T. Barnhart: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Barnhart grounded out to pitcher
    • P. Tucker: Strike (foul tip), Tucker lined out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Harvey Pitching:
    • M. Taylor: Strike swinging, Taylor reached on bunt single to pitcher
    • S. Kieboom: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Kieboom struck out looking
    • J. Hellickson: Pickoff attempt, Hellickson hit sacrifice bunt to first, Taylor to second
    • W. Difo: Difo singled to shallow center, Taylor scored, Difo to second
    • T. Turner: Turner grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Peraza homered to center
    • J. Votto: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Votto hit by pitch
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Suarez grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Votto out at second
    • S. Gennett: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Gennett struck out looking
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Harvey Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Foul, Turner grounded out to second
    • J. Soto: Soto doubled to deep center
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Rendon doubled to left center, Soto scored
    • B. Harper: Harper grounded out to first, Rendon to third
    • M. Adams: Strike swinging, Adams grounded out to first
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)