National League Game Summary - Washington at Cincinnati|
(Saturday, May 12th)
Final Score: Washington 2, Cincinnati 1
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Jordan Zimmermann tossed seven solid innings
while Danny Espinosa launched the go-ahead solo home run in the sixth, leading
the Washington Nationals to a 2-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in the
middle test of a three-game set.
Zimmermann (2-3) fanned nine and surrendered just a run on five hits and a
walk for Washington, which has won three straight on the heels of a three-game
"I think he has kind of got his swagger back out there," Nationals shortstop
Ian Desmond said about Zimmermann.
Wilson Ramos added a solo shot, but left the game in the seventh inning with
an apparent knee injury. The injury occurred as Ramos was tracking down a
passed ball from Zimmermann. Ramos hurried to the ball, but as he went to pick
it up, his knee buckled underneath him.
Mat Latos allowed a run on three hits and five walks in five innings for the
Reds, who have lost three of their last four.
"You're trying to win ball games no matter how you win them. We're back to
.500 now and you have to go back to work again," Reds manager Dusty Baker
Jose Arredondo (2-1) relieved Latos in the sixth and was immediately welcomed
by Espinosa, who smacked a solo homer to right field, making it 2-1 in favor
Tyler Clippard threw a scoreless eighth and Henry Rodriguez struck out the
side in the ninth to notch his eighth save of the season.
The Reds struck first with a run in the opening frame. Zack Cozart singled to
start it and Drew Stubbs reached on a fielder's choice. Cozart was also safe
on the play and after Joey Votto grounded out to move the runners up a base,
Brandon Phillips rolled one to the shortstop, plating Cozart.
Washington tied the score in the fifth when Ramos smacked a towering shot onto
the grassy knoll in center field, but the visitor's could've plated a lot
Zimmermann walked and Desmond doubled to put runners on second and third with
none out. But Latos pitched his way out of the jam.
Roger Bernadina and Ryan Zimmerman each lined out, both not far enough to
allow Zimmermann to tag from third. Adam LaRoche was intentionally
walked to bring up Bryce Harper, who slapped a ground ball up the middle.
Phillips, though, ranged to his right and backhanded the ball before
flipping behind his back to second for the out, ending the threat.
The Nationals were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left eight men
on base...Cincinnati was 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and left six
runners on base...Espinosa stole two bags, giving him three for the year.
05/13 00:23:10 ET