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Lane Thomas’ Two Home Runs Lead Nationals to 6-3 Victory Over Reds

In an intense game on Friday night, Lane Thomas hit two home runs, including a two-run shot in the 10th inning to secure a comeback victory for the Washington Nationals over the Cincinnati Reds. Thomas’ second homer of the game, his team-leading 18th of the season, came off Reds closer Alexis Díaz. The go-ahead run was scored by Jake Alu with a run-scoring double that broke a 3-3 tie.

The Nationals had to overcome a two-run homer by Joey Meneses off Reds starter Graham Ashcraft, which tied the game in the eighth inning. The Reds had been leading since the first inning with strong pitching from Ashcraft and three solo homers.

In the first inning, Nick Senzel and Matt McLain hit back-to-back home runs off Nationals starter Patrick Corbin with one out. Then, Elly De La Cruz hit a line-drive homer in the third inning to put the Reds up 3-0. It was De La Cruz’s ninth homer of the season and the first one he’s hit from the right side of the plate.

The lead held up for the Reds until the eighth inning when Lane Thomas reached on an infield single and Joey Meneses hit a game-tying homer. The game went into extra innings, and Thomas’ second home run in the 10th inning sealed the victory for the Nationals.

Graham Ashcraft had an impressive outing for the Reds, giving up three runs and five hits in eight full innings, his longest outing of the season. But he was outdone by Nationals pitcher Patrick Corbin, who allowed only four hits in 6 1/3 innings with two strikeouts. Andres Machado, who got two outs in the eighth, was credited with the win, and Kyle Finnegan closed out the game with a perfect 10th inning for his 16th save.

The Reds’ Matt McLain had three hits in the game.

On a personnel note, Blake Rutherford made his major league debut for the Nationals, starting in left field. Corey Dickerson, on the other hand, cleared unconditional release waivers and is now a free agent.

Looking ahead, Reds rookie lefty Andrew Abbott is scheduled to face a still-to-be-determined Nationals starter on Saturday afternoon.

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