Harper, Nats Rattle Reds Again in 6-3 Win

Harper hits his 9th homer of 2013 Saturday afternoon

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    Bryce Harper trots past Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips following his fourth-inning home run Saturday afternoon at Nationals Park.

    Bryce Harper hit a two-run homer and scored twice, Dan Haren had his best start of the young season Saturday and the Washington Nationals beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-3.

    Denard Span and Jayson Werth each had two hits for Washington, which has won the first three games of the four-game set. Harper's two RBIs gave him 18, a Nationals record for April.

    Haren (2-3) didn't quite match Jordan Zimmermann's one-hitter and Gio Gonzalez's impressive eight innings of one-hit ball the previous two games, but he was sharp enough. Haren allowed two runs and six hits over six innings, lowering his ERA from 7.36 to 6.29.

    Rafael Soriano pitched a scoreless ninth for his seventh save.

    Brandon Phillips had three singles and Shin-Soo Choo homered for Cincinnati, which has lost four of five.

    Reds starter Mike Leake (1-1) gave up four runs, three earned, in three innings.

    Trailing 6-2 in the seventh, the Reds got a two-out RBI single from pinch-hitter Todd Frazier off Tyler Clippard to make it 6-3. Choo then walked to load the bases and Jack Cozart hit a laser to left-center, but Span's running catch ended the threat.

    The Nationals scored twice in the second. Ian Desmond and Anthony Rendon drew one-out walks. Kurt Suzuki popped out, but Haren blooped a single into short right field scoring Desmond. Rendon went to third and scored when Span singled.

    Harper and Werth opened the third with singles and, after Adam LaRoche flied out, Desmond singled, scoring Harper. Leake fanned Rendon, but Suzuki hit a grounder toward the hole between third and shortstop. Third baseman Jack Hannahan made a diving stop, but threw wide to second and Werth scored as the ball rolled into right field.