Philip Ervin's three run homer drives Reds to 7-1 win against Washington Nationals
Ervin's three-run homer gave the Reds an early 4-0 lead and was his first this season. He finished 2-for-2 with those four RBIs, two walks and two runs scored.
Phillip Ervin hit a three-run homer and drove in four overall, and Anthony DeSclafani threw seven strong innings as the Cincinnati Reds defeated the Washington Nationals 7-1 in the first game of a day-night doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Nationals Park.
Cincinnati had lost 14 of its last 16 games against the Nationals before the victory.
DeSclafani (5-3) ended his own two-game slide with the win. He allowed one run on six hits and shut down a Washington offense which had been producing recently.
Washington starter Gio Gonzalez (6-8) never found his way. The left-hander allowed six runs on 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings and struggled with his command throughout -- a big reason Gonzalez threw 94 pitches in less than four frames.
The Nationals got one back in the bottom of that inning when Ryan Zimmerman grounded into a force, cutting the lead to 4-1.
This game was a make-up contest due to a postponement of Friday's matchup.
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