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Reds rookie Aquino sets MLB mark with HR No. 8

WASHINGTON — The Punisher has punished again.

Cincinnati Reds rookie Aristides Aquino went deep against the Washington Nationals on Monday night, making him the first player in MLB history to hit eight home runs in his first 12 career games.

Aquino’s latest blast came was a mammoth solo shot against Nats reliever Tanner Rainey. With two outs in the top of the eighth inning of Cincy’s 7-6 loss, the 25-year old Dominican native crushed a 98 mile-an-hour fastball from Rainey and deposited it over the fence in right-center field, 425 feet away.

Nicknamed “The Punisher” by his brother when he was growing up, Aquino — who appeared in one game last season — has been pulverizing baseballs since getting called up on August 1. In 11 games since his promotion, the 6-foot 4-inch, 220-pound slugger is hitting .429 with eight home runs and 16 RBIs.

All eight of his roundtrippers have come in the Reds’ last nine games, and he’s gone yard seven times in his last six contests, a torrid streak that helped him earn National League Player of the Week honors earlier on Monday.

Prior to getting called up, Aquino was hitting .299 with 28 homers and 53 RBI’s in 78 games with Triple A Louisville.

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