PHOENIX (AP) — Mark Reynolds needed one game — and two big swings — to make his presence felt with the Washington Nationals.
After failing to find a job in the offseason, Reynolds homered twice in his first game as a National on Sunday night, lifting his new team over the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4 to complete a four-game sweep.
“It’s good to be back in the big leagues again,” he said, “and doing what I’ve been doing for a long time.”
The Diamondbacks hadn’t lost a series all season until the Nationals took four straight.
“I don’t know whether it was a little bit of them or a little bit of us,” Washington shortstop Trea Turner said, “but it’s great for us to come out on top in all these games and get this thing rolling.”
Reynolds had his contract selected from Triple-A Syracuse on Saturday. He homered off Zack Godley in the sixth inning, then broke a 4-4 tie with a two-run shot off Archie Bradley (0-1) in the eighth after the Diamondbacks rallied with a three-run seventh.
“I am not going to shy away from what I have been doing,” said Bradley, who challenged Reynolds with his blistering fastball. “I just got to be doing it. It is easy to sit here and overthink stuff, you should have thrown this, you should have thrown that, but the guy just beat me.”
Reynolds signed a minor league deal with Washington in April after collecting 30 home runs and 97 RBIs with Colorado last season. The Nationals are Reynolds’ eighth major league team in 12 seasons. The 34-year-old was called up when Ryan Zimmerman was placed on the 10-day disabled list with an oblique strain.