MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Washington0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 240
Cincinnati0 0 0 0 3 4 0 2 x 9142
  W: T. Mahle (13-6)   L: J. Rogers (2-1)
10:10 AM PT11:10 AM MT12:10 PM CT1:10 PM ET13:10 ET17:10 GMT1:10 10:10 AM MST12:10 PM EST12:40 PM VEN21:10 UAE11:10 AM CT, September 26, 2021
Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio  Attendance: 21,328

Reds try to complete rare series win over Nationals

According to STATS
According to STATS

Washington Nationals at Cincinnati Reds

  1. The Reds split the first two games of their series against the Pirates and the third game was rained out on Wednesday. That ended the Reds' run of eight consecutive series losses, matching their longest such streak over the last 39 seasons. They also lost eight straight series in 1989 and 2007.
  2. With Patrick Corbin (8-15) opposing Luis Castillo (also 8-15) on Thursday, it will be the first MLB game in which each starting pitcher entered play with at least 15 losses and no more than eight wins that season since September 30, 1980, when Oakland's Brian Kingman (7-20) faced the White Sox' Steve Trout (8-15) in Chicago. Kingman beat Trout that night, 5-1.
  3. The Nationals scored exactly seven runs in each game of their three-game series at Miami. This is the first time the Nationals have scored seven runs or more in three consecutive games since they did so in their final three regular-season games of the 2019 season.
  4. Juan Soto reached base safely all five times he came to the plate in Washington's win at Miami on Wednesday (three hits, two walks). Soto has a .538 on-base percentage in the 62 games he has played since the All-Star break (74 hits, 72 BB and 2 HBP in 275 PA).
  5. The Nationals have won 22 of their 30 games against the Reds since 2016, though the Reds won two of three when the teams played each other in Washington in late May this year.
  6. Nick Castellanos was 0-for-5 in the Reds' home loss to the Pirates on Tuesday, lowering his batting average at Great American Ball Park this season to .361. That's still the highest home batting average in the major leagues this year (minimum 200 plate appearances).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/23/2021 thru 9/26/2021

The Cincinnati Reds can win their first series in more than a month when they host the Washington Nationals in the finale of a four-game set on Sunday.

The Reds (80-75) have not won a series since sweeping four games from the Miami Marlins on Aug. 19-22. They have taken two straight from the Nationals (64-91) -- both in walk-off fashion -- after dropping a 3-2 decision in the opener.

Cincinnati, which improved to 4-4 on a 10-game homestand, trails the red-hot St. Louis Cardinals, who have won 15 straight, by six games for the second National League wild card with seven games remaining.

"That's all we can do," said Nick Castellanos, who hit a walk-off solo homer to win it. "The stretch that the Cardinals are on is truly impressive. It gets repetitive, but it is all we can control."

The Reds will send right-hander Tyler Mahle (12-6, 3.66 ERA) to the mound Sunday against left-hander Josh Rogers (2-0, 2.16) in the finale.

Mahle makes his 32nd start of the season. After tossing six shutout innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sept. 16, Mahle struggled against them five days later, giving up three runs in 4 1/3 innings and taking the loss. He allowed six hits and three walks in his shortest start since June 21.

Mahle threw 5 1/3 shutout innings in a win against the Nationals on May 25. In his career, he is 2-1 with a 6.75 ERA in three starts versus Washington.

Rogers, who signed a minor league contract with the Nationals in June, has been a strong addition since being called up from Triple-A Rochester on Sept. 4. He has gone at least five innings and allowed three runs or fewer in each of his four starts.

Last time out, Rogers beat the Marlins with a career-long 7 2/3 innings of one-run ball. He allowed five hits and two walks while striking out four. He threw 103 pitches.

"It was awesome," Rogers said. "I felt really good tonight. ... I just tried to work fast, attack the zone and let the defense play -- and that they did tonight again, so shoutout to them."

Rogers, who pitched briefly for the Baltimore Orioles in 2018 and 2019, has yet to face the Reds in his career.

Castellanos went 2-for-3 with three RBIs as the Reds rallied twice to tie the game before winning it in the ninth. He is hitting .310 with 31 homers and 91 RBIs.

"Nick is a big-time player," Reds manager David Bell said. "We've seen it all year. What a fantastic season he's had. He's finishing strong."

The Reds placed left-hander Wade Miley (neck strain) on the 10-day injured list retroactive to Wednesday.

The Nationals, who led 5-3 after four innings, got homers from Lane Thomas and Keibert Ruiz, his second in two nights. First baseman Josh Bell went 2-for-5 and is hitting .286 with four homers and 15 RBIs in September.

"Seeing the ball a little earlier than he was," manager Dave Martinez said. "He's worked on it diligently -- not jumping, staying behind the baseball. He's seeing the ball a lot better and he's swinging at more strikes."

Martinez said an MRI on third baseman Carter Kieboom, who was scratched from Friday's lineup with a left forearm injury, came back negative. Kieboom could be in the lineup Sunday.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 26, 2021

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