|Written by Admin|
|Monday, 21 May 2007 16:32|
CINCINNATI (AP) -Javier Valentin's pinch-hit, two-run homer in the eighth inning rallied the Cincinnati Reds to an 8-7 victory Monday over the Washington Nationals, who suffered their biggest blown lead of the season.|
Valentin's homer off Jon Rauch (2-1) was set up by a misplay characteristic of the NL's worst team. Center fielder Nook Logan and right fielder Austin Kearns let Scott Hatteberg's fly drop for an RBI double ahead of Valentin's homer.
Jon Coutlangus (2-0) retired the four batters he faced, and David Weathers finished for his ninth save in 10 chances.
Hatteberg homered and doubled twice, driving in four runs as the Reds overcame a six-run deficit. Ken Griffey Jr. added a solo homer, the 572nd of his career. Griffey is one behind Harmon Killebrew for eight place on the list.
Second baseman Brandon Phillips went 0-for-4, ending his hitting streak at 22 games. It was the longest streak in the NL this season and the longest by a Reds batter since 1996, when Hal Morris hit in 29 straight.
The Nationals got up 6-0 in the second inning, but their usually dependable bullpen let them down.
Kearns hit a two-run homer and Ryan Zimmerman added a solo drive for the Nationals. Zimmerman went 3-for-5 with two RBIs.
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