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his dad Wilmer Flores Jersey , Pat, is the Reds bench coach.Starting two days after pitching in relief, Kelly worked into the fifth inning Friday night. The Reds eventually won, 2-1 on a leadoff home run by Phillip Ervin in the 11th inning.Ervin connected against Ray Black (2-2) for a drive over the center field fence for his third homer of the season. It was his first walkoff home run since his sophomore year at Samford against Auburn.“It’s exciting. It’s a great feeling,” Ervin said. “I knew it had a chance.”The 28-year-old Kelly limited the Reds to one run in 4 1/3 innings despite giving up nine hits and a walk.Kelly threw 1 1/3 innings against the Dodgers on Wednesday night. When the Giants put pitcher Dereck Rodriguez on the disabled list Thursday, Kelly was tabbed for his 10th big league start, and first since May 22, 2016, with Atlanta.“As a starting pitcher, you always want to finish five or six innings,” he said. “You want to go as deep into the game as possible.”Kelly and his dad saluted each other before things got going.“Once I threw that first pitch http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-...ker-jersey , it was me against the Reds,” he said.Kelly made his major league debut with San Diego in 2012. He’s been sidelined with Tommy John surgery, and this was his third outing for the Giants.“He got into traffic, but he kept his poise,” San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said.“Kelly did a nice job under the circumstances, coming back on one days’ rest,” he said.Among the Reds that Kelly faced was All-Star Scooter Gennett, a former high school teammate. Gennett finished with three hits.David Hernandez (5-0) struck out two in a perfect 11th inning as the Reds ended a four-game losing streak.Andrew McCutchen had three of San Francisco’s eight hits.Cincinnati starter Anthony DeSclafani pitched a season-high 7 2/3 innings, giving up six hits and one run with one walk and five strikeouts. He retired 11 consecutive batters from the fifth into the eighth.DeSclafani has pitched seven or more innings in each of his three starts with two wins and Friday’s no-decision.“I know I’m capable of pitching into the seventh or eighth inning,” the right-hander said. “It is good to string three or four good starts together. I’m feeling comfortable right now. I’m focused on locating pitches.”The Giants’ bullpen turned in 5 2/3 shutout innings before Ervin’s blast.The Reds took a 1-0 lead in the second when Tucker Barnhart doubled and Curt Casali singled. The Giants tied it in the third on Steven Duggar’s leadoff double, Kelly’s sacrifice and McCutchen’s single.BACK ON TOPReds CF Billy Hamilton batted leadoff for the first time since April 26 against Atlanta. He had made 62 consecutive starts batting ninth.WHO’S ON FIRST?Barnhart Adrian Gonzalez Jersey , Cincinnati’s Gold Glover behind the plate, made the first start of his career at a position other than catcher, manning first base in place of the injured Joey Votto.TRAINER’S ROOMGiants: RHP Jeff Samardzija threw 50 pitches to batters while getting up and down three times before the game. He’ll be evaluated on Saturday and could go on a rehab assignment Wednesday, manager Bruce Bochy said. Samardzija has been on the disabled list since July 15 with right shoulder inflammation.Reds: Votto went on the 10-day disabled list with a right lower leg contusion, the result of being hit by Ryan Madson’s pitch in Washington on Aug. 4.UP NEXTGiants: LHP Madison Bumgarner (4-4) is 1-2 with a 4.18 ERA in six games at Great American Ball Park.Reds: RHP Matt Harvey (5-7) went seven innings in his last start for the first time since April 21, 2017, for the Mets. Mark Brown/Getty ImagesThe Washington Nationals are six games behind the Philadelphia Phillies in the National League East and six games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks in the wild-card chase.The team has a disappointing 52-53 record, and one source told Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, "The clubhouse is a mess."One factor looming over the Nationals is the possibility of a fire sale ahead of Tuesday's non-waiver trade deadline, and even Bryce Harper was unsure of his future, per that report:"Already earlier in the week Jose Bautista Jersey , when Yahoo Sports first reported the Nationals were engaging other teams in case they decided to sell, Harper had wondered whether he would be among those leaving. The 25-year-old asked friends and confidants whether they thought the Nationals might trade him, sources said. His uncertainty was telling: Even the franchise player was confused about the Nationals' tack."Passan reported first-year manager Dave Martinez harbors some of the blame for the clubhouse issues, while a dearth of veteran leaders beyond Max Scherzer is also at fault. And Harper's leadership was called into question after some recent comments to the media, as Passan detailed:"J.T. Realmuto, the Marlins' All-Star catcher and a player coveted by the Nationals all winter, blooped a bases-loaded single down the right-field line for a walk-off victory. Harper's response after the game: 'If that guy was on our side, it wouldn't have happened. Tough luck.'"A number of people inside the organization saw Harper's comment as unprofessional and potentially divisive among his teammates, according to sources."Passan noted it's unlikely the Nationals would trade Harper, even with the superstar right fielder set to hit free agency this winter. But he noted the team could consider dealing Kelvin Herrera, Ryan Madson http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-...rio-jersey , Shawn Kelley, Gio Gonzalez, Jeremy Hellickson, Mark Reynolds, Matt Adams and Daniel Murphy.The Nationals, certainly, have some major decisions ahead. Will they double down on this group and become buyers, hoping to make a late run? Will they stand pat and trust things to turn around? Or will they become sellers, looking to both shake up the clubhouse and perhaps retool in the offseason?If the team's primary goal is to sign free agent-to-be Harper to a long-term deal this offseason, all decisions should keep that objective in mind. How the Nationals approach that goal will almost assuredly factor into their decision-making ahead of Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline.
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