Reds starter Homer Bailey, who made his first career start on Opening Day, gave up a number of long fly balls early in the game but followed the first inning with five scoreless innings. He left the bases loaded in the sixth. Michael Taylor flew out to left to end the inning. Reds left fielder Jesse Winker and center fielder Billy Hamilton collided on the play, but Winker held onto the ball.
Bailey allowed one run on four hits in six innings. He struck out three and walked three.
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Scooter Gennett, making his first Opening Day start in his second season in Cincinnati, recorded the first hit of the season for the Reds, a lead-off double in the second. The Reds stranded him there as Scott Schebler, Tuckert Barnhart and Jose Peraza struck out. Gennett went 4-for-4.
The Reds threatened again in the fourth. Gennett and Schebler singled with two outs, but Barnhart struck out to end the inning.
Gennett went 4-for-4. He’s the first Red to go for 4-for-4 on Opening Day since Ramon Hernandez in 2011.
Notes: The crowd of 43,878 was the largest regular-season crowd in Great American Ball Park history. .. Dave Martinez made his debut as Nationals manager. His 16-year playing career included one season with the Reds. He hit .254 in 135 games in 1992.
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