National League Game Summary - Cincinnati at Washington|
(Friday, April 13th)
Final Score: Washington 2, Cincinnati 1 (13 innings)
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Jayson Werth reached down to slap a bases-
loaded single up the middle in the 13th inning, giving the Nationals a 2-1 win
over the Reds on Friday night.
The first two games of this four-game series have ended in extra innings and
the Nats have won them both. They got a 3-2 win in 10 innings on Thursday when
Ryan Zimmerman scored on a wild pitch.
Friday, the Nats loaded the bases with one out against Sean Marshall (0-1) on
a Danny Espinosa single and back-to-back walks to Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche.
Werth was down in the count, 1-2, but got enough of his bat on a low curveball
to get it through the middle of the infield on the shortstop side.
Earlier, Xavier Nady tied the game for Washington with a pinch-hit homer in
the bottom of the eighth inning.
"A fun game," said Nationals manager Davey Johnson.
For a long time, it was a pitchers' duel.
Reds starter Bronson Arroyo, in addition to having a hit and a sacrifice fly,
threw 7 1/3 scoreless innings while giving up just three hits and a walk with
He came out for Bill Bray, who surrendered Nady's first homer in a Nationals
uniform on his second pitch. The ball went off the top of the left field wall.
Washington starter Jordan Zimmermann went seven innings, also giving up three
hits with two walks and three strikeouts.
The Reds scored their only run off him in the fifth after Willie Harris led
off with a double, moved to third on Ryan Hanigan's ground out and scored on
Arroyo's sacrifice fly to center field.
Later, the Nats had runners at first and second in the ninth after singles by
Werth and Mark DeRosa, but couldn't score.
They squandered another chance in the 12th. Roger Bernadina drew a one-out
walk and stole second base, but was later caught in a run down between third
and home and tagged out.
Craig Stammen (2-0) worked around a Joey Votto single in the top of the 13th
to pick up the win.
The Nationals have won four in a row and are 6-2, the franchise's best start
since moving from Montreal...The Reds were 0-for-8 with runners in scoring
position and stranded 10.
04/13 23:53:47 ET