Frazier caps stellar series with 3-hit game

Third baseman homers, doubles in finale to go 8-for-12 in three-game set

Frazier caps stellar series with 3-hit game

CINCINNATI -- When Reds third baseman Todd Frazier said he wanted to pick out one of the best players from the other team, like the Nationals' Bryce Harper, and outperform him, he apparently wasn't kidding.

Frazier delivered a three-hit game Sunday, including a leadoff home run in the fourth inning, as the Reds took an 8-2 win over the Nationals and a three-game series sweep.

"You just have to have a thought process," Frazier said. "You got to challenge yourself, and you got to challenge the opponent."

During the series, Frazier was 8-for-12 with two home runs, three doubles and five runs scored.

In the fourth inning on Sunday, Frazier sent a 3-1 pitch from Tanner Roark to left field for a leadoff home run that gave the Reds a 1-0 lead. In a 2-2 game, where Washington scored two runs in the top of the seventh, Cincinnati responded with six runs. Frazier provided key add-on runs when he lined a hit to center field and hustled for an RBI double.

Frazier's RBI double

"And a crafty slide to get in there," Reds manager Bryan Price noted. "It was tremendous. Just a lot of contributors, but no one bigger than Frazier."

In a four-game hitting streak, Frazier has three homers in his past four games and four in his past six games. He just missed hitting a long ball during his three-hit game Saturday when center fielder Denard Span knocked it with his glove above the fence, giving Frazier a double.

Span robs Frazier of homer

Frazier has also raised his average from .253 to .287 in the process as the Reds won three in a row following losses in 10 of 11 games.

Now with 16 homers, Frazier trails Harper by only two for the National League lead. And speaking of Harper, he was 1-for-6 in the series with two walks, a double play and a single off of Aroldis Chapman on Friday. Harper did not play on Saturday because of a sore back.

"I'm in a good stretch right now. Let's call it what it is," Frazier said. "I really wish we didn't have an off-day [Monday] so we can play another game."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.