Backup catcher Flores off to solid start for Nats

Backup catcher Flores off to solid start for Nats

WASHINGTON -- Nationals catcher Jesus Flores had one of the best games of his career in a 4-1 victory over the Reds on Saturday.

Flores went 3-for-3, and is now 6-for-10 (.600) with two RBIs on the year. He also called a great game behind the plate, helping right-hander Edwin Jackson pitch his first complete game of the season.

"Flo and myself, we were able to get into the groove throughout the game. The Reds were aggressive and they were swinging," Jackson said.

Flores received a scare in the third inning. He was on third base when Ian Desmond hit a ground ball to Reds shortstop Zack Cozart, who threw the ball home and nailed Flores at the plate. After the play ended, Flores was in pain and stayed on a ground for a couple of minutes before returning to the dugout. It turned out that Flores' right knee collided with catcher Devin Mesoraco's knee.

"I went knee to knee. I hit the shin guard. It kind of hurt my right knee. I should have slid a different way, but it was too late when I did it," Flores said.

Flores said he is OK and will be available to play on Sunday against the Reds.