CINCINNATI, Ohio – Adam Eaton hit a solo homer among his five hits and Brian Goodwin hit the first grand slam of his career guiding the Washington Nationals to a 13-7 victory Saturday over the Cincinnati Reds.
The Nationals have won their first two commitments under new driver Dave Martinez, hired after the dismissal of Dusty Baker at the end of last season after another brief playoff appearance. The last time Washington started a season with a 3-0 record was in 2013, when they swept the Marlins.
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Washington won 2-0 on Friday in the first game of the season, delayed by rain, supported by 10 strikeouts that Max Scherzer prescribed in six innings work. The Nationals’ bats erupted in the second game, and their first batter led the powerful offense.
Easton added a single, a pair of doubles, a home run and a single with a full house in his five innings in front of the plate. He scored four times and drove in three runs while the Nationals went up 9-3.
Goodwin hit his grand slam in the ninth against Kevin Quackenbush. Matt Adams added a three-run homer, and Trea Turner contributed a solo homer for the Nationals to finish with four homers in total.
For the Reds, the Dominican Luis Castillo of 1-0; the Venezuelans Jose Peraza of 4-0, and Eugenio Suárez of 5-2.