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Schebler takes Stras deep for Reds' 1st run

Homer was first off pitcher's changeup since May 16
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CINCINNATI -- The Reds finally scored their first run of the 2018 season, and they took a rare path to do it.

Left-handed hitting Scott Schebler hit Stephen Strasburg's first pitch into the right-field seats with two outs in the fourth inning in the Reds' 13-7 loss Saturday to the Nationals at Great American Ball Park. The homer was the first allowed by Strasburg in eight games since last Aug. 19 at San Diego.

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CINCINNATI -- The Reds finally scored their first run of the 2018 season, and they took a rare path to do it.

Left-handed hitting Scott Schebler hit Stephen Strasburg's first pitch into the right-field seats with two outs in the fourth inning in the Reds' 13-7 loss Saturday to the Nationals at Great American Ball Park. The homer was the first allowed by Strasburg in eight games since last Aug. 19 at San Diego.

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Schebler's homer also was the first off of Strasburg's changeup since May 16 of last season. That was the only Strasburg changeup hit for a home run all last season.

Tweet from @mattkellyMLB: If you had Scott Schebler hitting the 1st HR off Stephen Strasburg's changeup since May 16, 2017... you win. #Reds (Stras allowed just that one HR off his signature change all last year). pic.twitter.com/GMV0tBVbeB

"They've been changeup-ing me to death," Schebler said. "He pounded me inside the first time up. He threw me a heater that blew me up. The next time, he threw me a changeup and left it up."

Even with the homer, Schebler still respects Strasburg's change.

"He's got a good one," Schebler said. "So does Max Scherzer. It's a good one-two punch."

Mark Schmetzer is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Reds on Saturday.

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