Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Mark Reynolds celebrated his 27th birthday with a three-run homer but left the game with a head injury, while Joe Saunders dazzled on the mound with a five-hit complete game, as the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the Washington Nationals, 6-1, in the resumption of a four-game series at Chase Field.
Reynolds was hit directly in the head with a fastball in the sixth inning and left the game, but was later seen in the dugout and did not appear to be seriously injured.
Saunders (1-0) allowed one run and struck out five with two walks for Arizona, which bounced back from a 3-1 setback in Monday’s series opener and in the process halted a five-game home skid.
Ryan Zimmerman homered for the Nationals, who have dropped two of three following a three-game win streak.
Scott Olsen made his second start since a two-month stint on the disabled list and suffered the loss. Olsen (3-3), who had been out of action since late May with a shoulder injury, yielded five runs on seven hits with three strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings.
Earlier Tuesday, the Nationals placed slugger Adam Dunn on waivers. If Dunn clears, he would be eligible to be traded.