Dozier's piggyback homer, Ross' start help Nats top Reds 3-1

WASHINGTON (AP) After missing three starts because of a stomach bug, Brian Dozier felt good enough to return to the Washington Nationals' lineup, good enough to eat a postgame plate of pasta, good enough to homer - and good enough to celebrate that solo shot with a dugout piggyback ride.

After sitting out just one game with a sprained right ankle, Dozier's teammate Juan Soto looked just fine running around the diamond after launching a drive that landed more than 400 feet away in the second deck.

''Juan hits the home run, he comes over and says: `I told you I was fine,''' manager Dave Martinez said. ''I go, `Thanks.' I didn't want him to play. I wanted to give him a break.''

Dozier hit his 17th of the season and Soto his 25th as both were back in the batting order, Joe Ross extended his scoreless streak to 17 1/3 innings before giving up a run, and Washington beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-1 Tuesday night.

''Stomach's still turning a little bit,'' Dozier said. ''Body aches are gone and I'm keeping stuff inside my body longer. But headache's good. Chills are great.''

Ross (3-3) allowed one run and five hits in his 6 2/3 innings; the run came when the final batter the righty faced, Jose Iglesias, delivered an RBI single. Still, Ross now is responsible for the most consecutive innings without a run by a Nationals pitcher this season - and that's on a staff that includes Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin.

''I was impressed,'' Reds manager David Bell said about Ross, who is 3-0 with a 0.52 ERA in his past three starts.

With closer Sean Doolittle coming off five appearances in seven games - he mentioned feeling tired after Monday's save - Daniel Hudson got the last four outs, striking out Tucker Barnhart with men on the corners to end it as rain fell. It was Hudson's third save of 2019 and first since joining Washington from the Toronto Blue Jays in a trade-deadline deal.

Washington won its third game in a row with the mix of starting pitching and power hitting that let it surge from a 19-31 start to the lead in the NL wild-card standings. One hallmark of the turnaround has been the post-homer dance moves that midseason acquisition Gerardo Parra ushered in, and Dozier took it to a new level by leaping onto the back of batting practice pitcher Ali Modami for a trip through the dugout in the fourth.

His shot to left off a knuckle curve made it 3-0 and came two batters after Soto's deep shot.

All of Washington's runs came off Alex Wood (1-1), who had gone 36 appearances since last allowing two homers in an inning.

''Still just waiting for that timing to click,'' Wood said, ''where it ties everything together.''

ROBLES' ASSISTS

Washington's Victor Robles threw out a runner for the second straight game, raising his assist total to nine, tying Boston's Jackie Bradley Jr. for the major league lead among center fielders. That's also the most in a season by a Nationals center fielder since they moved to Washington in 2005.

GALVIS ARRIVES

INF Freddy Galvis singled as a pinch hitter in the ninth. He was added to the Cincinnati roster a day after being claimed off waivers from Toronto. OF Brian O'Gray was optioned to Triple-A Louisville.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Reds: RHP Tyler Mahle (left hamstring strain) is scheduled to throw two innings in a rehab start at Triple-A Louisville on Friday.

Nationals: Scherzer, on the IL since last month with an injured back muscle, threw a simulated game, facing Ryan Zimmerman, Howie Kendrick and Parra for two ''innings.'' Martinez said Scherzer threw 31 pitches in the bullpen to warm up, then 32 against the batters.

UP NEXT

Wednesday's series finale features Strasburg against Trevor Bauer. Bauer is 1-0 with a 3.09 ERA for Cincinnati since arriving from Cleveland in a trade, and 10-8 with a 3.74 ERA and 200 strikeouts in 168 1/3 innings overall in 2019. Strasburg leads the NL in wins at 14-5 and has a 3.72 ERA.

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  • W: J. Ross (3-3)L: A. Wood (1-1)S: D. Hudson (3)
  • HR: WAS - B. Dozier (17), J. Soto (25)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Winker LF40200000.269.352.475.8263.0
J. Votto 1B30200111.262.353.412.7652.5
E. Suarez 3B40100004.258.342.535.8771.0
A. Aquino RF40000003.385.4291.0261.4540.0
J. VanMeter 2B40100000.282.373.473.8462.0
N. Senzel CF41100011.272.327.449.7762.5
J. Iglesias SS40110011.292.322.417.7393.5
K. Farmer C30000001.248.288.438.7260.0
R. Stephenson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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A. Wood P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
b- J. Peraza PH00000100.242.288.356.6431.0
L. Sims P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- T. Barnhart PH-C20000012.217.315.362.677-0.5
  • a-singled for Stephenson in the 9th
  • b-walked for Wood in the 6th
  • c-flied out for Sims in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Turner SS40200000.293.354.485.8393.0
V. Robles CF41100012.240.313.421.7342.5
A. Rendon 3B40100000.316.399.597.9961.0
J. Soto LF31111001.288.402.546.9486.0
H. Kendrick 1B30000020.315.366.526.891-1.0
B. Dozier 2B21111100.234.336.431.7676.0
G. Parra RF20000110.247.309.405.7140.5
Y. Gomes C30000022.202.304.317.621-1.0
J. Ross P20000010.222.300.222.522-0.5
H. Strickland P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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W. Suero P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Hudson P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Strickland in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Winker (17), J. VanMeter (9), N. Senzel (20)
  • RBI - J. Iglesias (45)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Iglesias (23)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Suarez 2 (2), A. Aquino 3 (3), K. Farmer, T. Barnhart 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Turner (24), V. Robles (20)
  • HR - J. Soto (25), B. Dozier (17)
  • RBI - J. Soto (78), B. Dozier (41)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Dozier (20)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - V. Robles 2 (2), M. Adams
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Iglesias (5)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - B. Dozier (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Votto-Iglesias)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - V. Robles (9)
  • DP - (Dozier-Turner-Kendrick)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Wood (L, 1-1)5.06330425.591.453.0
L. Sims2.00002304.501.045.5
R. Stephenson1.00000104.501.173.5
PITCHERSIP
A. Wood (L, 1-1)5.0
L. Sims2.0
R. Stephenson1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Ross (W, 3-3)6.25112305.911.6421.5
H. Strickland (H, 4)0.10000004.320.720.0
W. Suero (H, 15)0.21000004.561.24-1.0
D. Hudson (S, 3)1.13000202.801.238.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Ross (W, 3-3)6.2
H. Strickland (H, 4)0.1
W. Suero (H, 15)0.2
D. Hudson (S, 3)1.1
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Wood 78-51, L. Sims 30-18, R. Stephenson 13-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Wood 8-2, L. Sims 1-1, R. Stephenson 1-1
  • Batters Faced - A. Wood 20, L. Sims 7, R. Stephenson 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Ross 92-57, H. Strickland 4-3, W. Suero 14-8, D. Hudson 18-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Ross 11-4, H. Strickland 1-0, W. Suero 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Ross 25, H. Strickland, W. Suero 3, D. Hudson 7
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Votto 1B30200111.262.353.412.7652.5
E. Suarez 3B40100004.258.342.535.8771.0
A. Aquino RF40000003.385.4291.0261.4540.0
J. VanMeter 2B40100000.282.373.473.8462.0
N. Senzel CF41100011.272.327.449.7762.5
J. Iglesias SS40110011.292.322.417.7393.5
K. Farmer C30000001.248.288.438.7260.0
R. Stephenson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- F. Galvis PH10100000.268.300.446.7461.0
A. Wood P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
b- J. Peraza PH00000100.242.288.356.6431.0
L. Sims P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- T. Barnhart PH-C20000012.217.315.362.677-0.5
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  • a-singled for Stephenson in the 9th
  • b-walked for Wood in the 6th
  • c-flied out for Sims in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Turner SS40200000.293.354.485.8393.0
V. Robles CF41100012.240.313.421.7342.5
A. Rendon 3B40100000.316.399.597.9961.0
J. Soto LF31111001.288.402.546.9486.0
H. Kendrick 1B30000020.315.366.526.891-1.0
B. Dozier 2B21111100.234.336.431.7676.0
G. Parra RF20000110.247.309.405.7140.5
Y. Gomes C30000022.202.304.317.621-1.0
J. Ross P20000010.222.300.222.522-0.5
H. Strickland P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- M. Adams PH10000011.243.289.515.804-0.5
W. Suero P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Hudson P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Strickland in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Winker (17), J. VanMeter (9), N. Senzel (20)
  • RBI - J. Iglesias (45)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Iglesias (23)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Suarez 2 (2), A. Aquino 3 (3), K. Farmer, T. Barnhart 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Turner (24), V. Robles (20)
  • HR - J. Soto (25), B. Dozier (17)
  • RBI - J. Soto (78), B. Dozier (41)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Dozier (20)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - V. Robles 2 (2), M. Adams
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Iglesias (5)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - B. Dozier (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Votto-Iglesias)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - V. Robles (9)
  • DP - (Dozier-Turner-Kendrick)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Wood (L, 1-1)5.06330425.591.453.0
L. Sims2.00002304.501.045.5
R. Stephenson1.00000104.501.173.5
Total8.0633282---
PITCHERSIP
A. Wood (L, 1-1)5.0
L. Sims2.0
R. Stephenson1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Ross (W, 3-3)6.25112305.911.6421.5
H. Strickland (H, 4)0.10000004.320.720.0
W. Suero (H, 15)0.21000004.561.24-1.0
D. Hudson (S, 3)1.13000202.801.238.0
Total9.0911250---
PITCHERSIP
J. Ross (W, 3-3)6.2
H. Strickland (H, 4)0.1
W. Suero (H, 15)0.2
D. Hudson (S, 3)1.1
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Wood 78-51, L. Sims 30-18, R. Stephenson 13-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Wood 8-2, L. Sims 1-1, R. Stephenson 1-1
  • Batters Faced - A. Wood 20, L. Sims 7, R. Stephenson 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Ross 92-57, H. Strickland 4-3, W. Suero 14-8, D. Hudson 18-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Ross 11-4, H. Strickland 1-0, W. Suero 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Ross 25, H. Strickland, W. Suero 3, D. Hudson 7
  • 7TH INNING
    Iglesias singled to center, Senzel scored13
  • 4TH INNING
    Dozier homered to left03
    Soto homered to right02
  • 1ST INNING
    Soto grounded into double play first to shortstop, Robles scored, Rendon out at second01
  • 9TH INNING
    • D. Hudson Pitching:
    • J. VanMeter: VanMeter doubled to deep right
    • N. Senzel: Foul, Senzel lined out to center
    • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Iglesias struck out swinging
    • Freddy Galvis hit for Robert Stephenson
    • F. Galvis: Galvis singled to left, VanMeter to third
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Barnhart struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Wander Suero pitching
    • Tucker Barnhart hit for Lucas Sims
    • T. Barnhart: Barnhart flied out to right
    • J. Winker: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Winker grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Votto: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Votto singled to right
    • Daniel Hudson relieved Wander Suero
    • E. Suarez: Suarez singled to left, Votto to second
    • A. Aquino: Aquino popped out to third
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Robert Stephenson pitching
    • Tr. Turner: Ball, Ball, Turner flied out to deep right
    • V. Robles: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Robles struck out swinging
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Rendon grounded out to third
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • J. Ross Pitching:
    • A. Aquino: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Aquino flied out to center
    • J. VanMeter: Ball, VanMeter grounded out to third
    • N. Senzel: Senzel doubled to left center
    • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Iglesias singled to center, Senzel scored
    • Hunter Strickland relieved Joe Ross
    • K. Farmer: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Iglesias stole second, Farmer grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • L. Sims Pitching:
    • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Dozier walked
    • G. Parra: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Parra walked, Dozier to second
    • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
    • Matt Adams hit for Hunter Strickland
    • M. Adams: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Dozier caught stealing third, pitcher to third, Strike swinging, Adams struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Ross Pitching:
    • K. Farmer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Farmer grounded out to third
    • Jose Peraza hit for Alex Wood
    • J. Peraza: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Peraza walked
    • J. Winker: Winker singled to right center, Peraza out at third, Winker to second
    • J. Votto: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Votto walked
    • E. Suarez: Strike looking, Suarez grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Lucas Sims pitching
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Foul, Rendon fouled out to third
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Soto grounded out to pitcher
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Kendrick struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Ross Pitching:
    • J. VanMeter: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, VanMeter grounded out to shortstop
    • N. Senzel: Strike looking, Senzel grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Iglesias: Ball, Ball, Iglesias grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Wood Pitching:
    • Y. Gomes: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gomes grounded out to third
    • J. Ross: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ross struck out swinging
    • Tr. Turner: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Turner doubled to left
    • V. Robles: Foul, Ball, Robles flied out to shallow right
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Ross Pitching:
    • J. Winker: Strike looking, Winker doubled to right
    • J. Votto: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Votto struck out swinging
    • E. Suarez: Strike looking, Suarez flied out to left
    • A. Aquino: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Aquino flied out to right
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Wood Pitching:
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Rendon grounded out to second
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Soto homered to right
    • H. Kendrick: Kendrick flied out to deep center
    • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Dozier homered to left
    • G. Parra: Ball, Strike looking, Parra grounded out to second
    • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Ross Pitching:
    • J. Iglesias: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Iglesias grounded out to third
    • K. Farmer: Farmer grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Wood: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Wood struck out looking
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Wood Pitching:
    • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
    • J. Ross: Ball, Ball, Ross grounded out to second
    • Tr. Turner: Turner singled to left center
    • V. Robles: Robles reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Turner out at second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Ross Pitching:
    • A. Aquino: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Aquino grounded out to second
    • J. VanMeter: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, VanMeter lined out to right
    • N. Senzel: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Senzel struck out looking
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Wood Pitching:
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kendrick struck out swinging
    • B. Dozier: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Dozier grounded out to third
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Parra struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Ross Pitching:
    • J. Winker: Strike looking, Winker grounded out to first
    • J. Votto: Ball, Ball, Votto singled to center
    • E. Suarez: Foul, Ball, Suarez grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Votto out at second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Wood Pitching:
    • Tr. Turner: Foul, Foul, Ball, Turner grounded out to second
    • V. Robles: Robles doubled to deep left
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Rendon singled to center, Robles to third
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Soto grounded into double play first to shortstop, Robles scored, Rendon out at second
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)