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Nats hit 4 HRs, including slam, in win vs. Reds

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CINCINNATI -- The biggest addition for the Nationals this season might be the return of a player who was already on their roster. Playing in just his second game back from a torn ACL, Adam Eaton erupted for a career day to lead Washington to a 13-7 victory over the Reds on Saturday afternoon at Great American Ball Park.

Eaton, an Ohio native who grew up about 90 minutes outside of Cincinnati, collected a career-high five hits, including a pair of doubles, a solo home run in the seventh and a two-run single in the eighth. He finished a triple shy of the cycle and scored four runs on the day to lead the barrage on Reds right-hander Luis Castillo, who surrendered a career-high six runs in five innings with six strikeouts. The Nationals hit four home runs to power their offense.

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CINCINNATI -- The biggest addition for the Nationals this season might be the return of a player who was already on their roster. Playing in just his second game back from a torn ACL, Adam Eaton erupted for a career day to lead Washington to a 13-7 victory over the Reds on Saturday afternoon at Great American Ball Park.

Eaton, an Ohio native who grew up about 90 minutes outside of Cincinnati, collected a career-high five hits, including a pair of doubles, a solo home run in the seventh and a two-run single in the eighth. He finished a triple shy of the cycle and scored four runs on the day to lead the barrage on Reds right-hander Luis Castillo, who surrendered a career-high six runs in five innings with six strikeouts. The Nationals hit four home runs to power their offense.

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After being shut out in the season opener on Friday, the Reds did mount some offense. They scored three runs against right-hander Stephen Strasburg, although only one was earned -- a solo homer from Scott Schebler in the fourth inning. Adam Duvall added a two-run homer in the eighth, and Eugenio Suarez had a two-run shot in the ninth.

But Cincinnati had no answer for Eaton, who now owns 10 hits in 20 career at-bats at Great American Ball Park.

Jamal Collier has covered the Nationals for MLB.com since 2016. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

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