WASHINGTON -- Ben Revere did not know what to expect after his game-winning double in the 14th inning of Friday night's 3-2 victory against the Reds. This was his first career walk-off hit and he was a few steps past second base with a wide smile as his teammates charged toward him from the dugout. Right-hander Max Scherzer picked Revere up and flung him over his shoulders and carried him toward the right-field grass as the rest of the team mobbed him in celebration.
"I didn't know what was going to happen," Revere said. "Something like that I could probably see happening, someone picking me up like a little child."
Revere's hit ended a four-hour and 30-minute marathon that began with a 35-minute rain delay and extended the Nationals' winning streak to six games.
"When you play that long, you might as well win," Nationals manager Dusty Baker said. "It's a big downer when you lose a game like that."
The game began with strong efforts from both starting pitchers. Reds right-hander Anthony DeSclafani continued to be a bright spot in their rotation as he held the Nationals to two runs in 6 2/3 innings and struck out eight. DeSclafani was matched by Nationals starter Tanner Roark, who worked his way out of trouble numerous times -- as he allowed eight hits and walked two -- but buckled down when he needed and held the Reds to two runs.
Then both bullpens took turns trading zeros. Washington turned to five different relievers to put up seven scoreless innings in which they surrendered just three hits. Cincinnati, who dropped its fifth consecutive game, got strong efforts from right-hander Raisel Iglesias (2 1/3 scoreless innings), left-hander Tony Cingrani (two scoreless innings) and left-hander Ross Ohlendorf threw two scoreless innings before Revere won the game in the 14th.
"The pitchers did great tonight, we just didn't offensively," said Reds shortstop Zack Cozart, who went 0-for-6 -- including a tough roller that went foul and back into play in the third inning. "It didn't seem like we had much going, ever really. We had a couple of men on second but didn't have great hitting situations. They kept us off the bases. When you have to rely on that two-out hit all the time, that's tough. They kind of had the same thing going on, too. Each team had the same thing until Revere got that hit. It was tough, for sure."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Big hit for Revere: Revere came through in the clutch in extras, but he had a good day at the plate in total, going 3-for-7 with a run scored and RBI. Revere has said he has been feeling good at the plate for some time now, and believes he has run into some bad luck, although that luck might be turning lately. Since June 5, Revere is hitting .310 (26-for-84) with two doubles, five walks, eight stolen bases and 13 runs in 19 games.
"Baseball sucks. It absolutely sucks," Revere said with a laugh. "You ask Jayson Werth, he's been in the game 100 years, and he says, 'It sucks.' But it really does. It's frustrating. I've had games where I hit four missiles or four hard-hit balls right at people and your average goes down. Then there will be games where I hit four bloopers, break my bat three times, get three or four hits." More >
Duvall provides lead: Cincinnati briefly held a 2-1 lead in the top of the sixth when Adam Duvall hit a one-out single to center field that scored Joey Votto. Since May 13, Duvall leads the Majors with 45 RBIs. The rally was dashed though when next batter Eugenio Suarez hit a one-hop bullet that spun second baseman Daniel Murphy around before he made a backhanded flip to second base from the ground to start the inning-ending double play.
Keeping the score tied: Roark joked that he and the other relievers who had come out of the game were switching up which couch they were sitting on in the clubhouse to try and provide some good luck for the Nationals. And credit the Nats' relievers for delivering seven scoreless innings to keep extending the game.
"Our bullpen did a great job," Baker said. "They've been doing a great job almost all year long. Not almost, but all year long. They just hung in there and made the pitches when they needed it."
Reds come up empty: Following Duvall's RBI hit, the Reds had runners in scoring position twice more the rest of the night. Tucker Barnhart hit a one-out double in the 10th and was left stranded at second base. Votto hustled for a two-out double to right-center field in the top of the 13th, but the inning ended when Brandon Phillips grounded out routinely to the shortstop.
"It was a close game. Both teams had chances to win it and weren't able to get it done," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "Not a whole lot to say. The guys played hard, played their hearts out. The bullpen came in and did a great job. We got a great start from DeSclafani. We made a few nice plays defensively. We just couldn't push that run and put ourselves in a position to shut it down."
"The whole team fought hard the whole game. The bullpen pitched great. They've been in games a lot. We played some great defense. It's odd, you get into those extra-inning games, it seems like nobody can scratch a run across the board until later in the game." -- DeSclafani
"That's what's great about this team. We scratch and claw until we get what we want, and we get that run. We never stop never stopping." -- Roark
AFTER FURTHER REVIEW Bryce Harper nearly had a homer to begin the fourth inning, driving a pitch from DeSclafani off the top of the wall in center field that traveled 399 feet, as projected by Statcast™. Harper thought he had a homer and went into a home run trot out of the box, so the play resulted in a single, which stood after a crew-chief review.
With two outs in the seventh, pinch-hitter Robinson hit a ground-rule double that bounced on the left-field line near the corner. The Reds challenged the ruling on the field, believing the ball was foul, but the fair call was confirmed upon review.
The Reds asked for a crew-chief review in the eighth after Suarez was thrown out on a grounder in the hole at shortstop on a strong throw from Espinosa. The call on the field was confirmed.
WHAT'S NEXT Reds:Dan Straily will make the start for Cincinnati on Saturday at 7:15 p.m. ET in the third game of the series. On Monday vs. the Cubs in an 11-8 loss, Straily endured his poorest start of the season when he allowed a career-high seven earned runs and nine hits over 3 2/3 innings.
Nationals: Joe Ross will take the mound for the Nats to make his first career start against the Reds on Saturday. In his last start against the Mets, he allowed four runs on a season-high 10 hits, but struck out seven in six innings.