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WASHINGTON -- The message written in orange on the grease board outside the Washington Nationals clubhouse reminded everyone about Wednesday's team photo.
It turns out everyone is still in the picture.
Tuesday's non-waiver trade deadline came and went without any moves by rebuilding Washington, a franchise headed for a fourth consecutive last-place finish. Then the Nationals went out and beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-3 with the help of Ryan Zimmerman's three-run double and second baseman Ronnie Belliard's highlight-ready assist.
Washington entered the day at 45-60 and Cincinnati at 45-61 -- only Pittsburgh (42-61) was worse in the NL -- but neither club made any deals Tuesday.
"I knew for sure that I wasn't going to get traded," Nationals manager Manny Acta said with a smile. "I wasn't worried. The sense of relief was probably for the guys that were mentioned."
In his clubhouse, that would be relievers Jon Rauch and Chad Cordero, along with outfielder Ryan Church. Down the hallway, where the Reds were situated, there was Adam Dunn, another subject of trade speculation.
"I didn't care," said Cincinnati's outfielder, 1-for-16 over the past four games. "I couldn't do anything about it anyway, so I'm not going to sit and worry about something I have no control over. I'm not going to let it ruin my day and make me lose sleep."
Before the game, Cordero spoke about being pleased to stay with the only club he's played for in the majors. Then he went out and recorded a 1-2-3 ninth inning, including a strikeout of Dunn, for his 22nd save.
Rookie Matt Chico (5-6) earned the victory by going five innings. He gave up two runs despite allowing nine hits and three walks.
Cincinnati kept putting runners on base -- and then kept leaving them there. The Reds got at least one runner to second base in every inning through the first four, but failed to score.
The Nationals had chances, too, stranding a runner at third in each of the first two innings. In the second, Brian Schneider was held at third base on Nook Logan's double with two outs and Chico coming up. The pitcher grounded out, drawing some boos.
In the fifth, the Reds finally put something together.
"You can only get out of so many," Chico said.
It began with Dunn's double off the wall in right-center. That was followed by three more hits, including Jeff Conine's RBI double and Edwin Encarnacion's RBI single, and the Reds led 2-0.
But that didn't last long, because Washington sent 10 men to the plate in its half of the fifth and scored five runs, all charged to starter Bobby Livingston (2-2). He left after facing five batters in that inning and retiring none.
After Logan's leadoff single, D'Angelo Jimenez pinch hit for Chico. With the count 2-2, Livingston thought he threw strike three.
"That was right there," said the left-hander, who was making his sixth big league start. "Pretty much almost down the middle."
But it was called a ball, and Jimenez wound up walking.
"A good at-bat," said Belliard, who later singled in a run.
That brought up Zimmerman with the bases loaded, and he turned on Livingston's curveball for three RBI and a 4-2 lead, which grew to 5-2 on Church's RBI single.
Washington's bullpen -- and Belliard's spectacular play -- made that stand up.
In the sixth, Jeff Keppinger hit a bouncer up the middle that deflected off reliever Saul Rivera, forcing Belliard to switch directions. He gloved the ball and, in one motion, spun around and flipped it behind his back and out of the glove to shortstop Felipe Lopez for a forceout at second.
Said Zimmerman: "It looked cool."
Said Acta: "Just a beautiful play."
Still, the manager has cautioned Belliard to make sure he gets it right when the veteran infielder tried that no-look, whip-it-behind-the-back shovel pass during batting practice.
"I got lucky," Belliard said.
|Players of the Game|
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|Ryan Freel, CF||5||0||2||0||0||1||3||.248|
|Jeff Keppinger, SS||4||1||1||0||1||0||3||.310|
|Ken Griffey Jr., RF||5||0||0||0||0||2||4||.268|
|Brandon Phillips, 2B||4||0||2||1||1||0||0||.279|
|Adam Dunn, LF||4||1||1||0||1||2||3||.260|
|Jeff Conine, 1B||5||1||1||1||0||0||5||.274|
|Edwin Encarnacion, 3B||3||0||2||1||1||0||0||.260|
|David Ross, C||4||0||3||0||0||0||1||.209|
|Bobby Livingston, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||3||.438|
|Todd Coffey, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jon Coutlangus, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Scott Hatteberg, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.309|
|Jared Burton, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Coutlangus in the 8th|
|2B - Adam Dunn (20, Chico), Jeff Conine (10, Chico), David Ross (7, Chico)|
|SH - Bobby Livingston (3)|
|RBI - Brandon Phillips (64), Jeff Conine (27), Edwin Encarnacion (41)|
|2-OUT RBI - Brandon Phillips (27), Jeff Conine (11), Edwin Encarnacion (16)|
|Team LOB - 12|
|DP - Keppinger-B. Phillips-Conine, Keppinger-B. Phillips-Conine|
|E - Jared Burton (1, Throwing)|
|Bobby Livingston (L,2-2)||4||8||5||5||2||3||0||4.64|
|WP - Todd Coffey (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Bobby Livingston 83-53, Todd Coffey 45-25, Jon Coutlangus 4-3, Jared Burton 16-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bobby Livingston 4-4, Todd Coffey 5-1, Jared Burton 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Bobby Livingston 21, Todd Coffey 11, Jon Coutlangus 2, Jared Burton 4|
|Felipe Lopez, SS||5||1||3||0||0||0||1||.243|
|Ronnie Belliard, 2B||5||1||1||1||0||0||3||.298|
|Ryan Zimmerman, 3B||4||1||2||3||0||1||1||.260|
|Dmitri Young, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||0||3||.327|
|Robert Fick, PR-1B||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.198|
|Austin Kearns, RF||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.253|
|Ryan Church, LF||4||0||2||2||0||2||1||.258|
|Luis Ayala, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chad Cordero, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brian Schneider, C||2||0||0||0||2||0||2||.226|
|Nook Logan, CF||4||1||3||0||0||0||2||.242|
|Matt Chico, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.156|
|a- D'Angelo Jimenez, PH||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||.184|
|Saul Rivera, P||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.000|
|Ryan Langerhans, LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.156|
|a-walked for Chico in the 5th|
|2B - Felipe Lopez (17, Livingston), Ryan Zimmerman (24, Livingston), Ryan Church (32, Coutlangus), Nook Logan (10, Livingston)|
|RBI - Ronnie Belliard (33), Ryan Zimmerman 3 (53), Ryan Church 2 (43)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ryan Church 2 (22)|
|SB - Ryan Zimmerman (4, 2nd base off Livingston/Ross)|
|PK - Nook Logan (1, Burton)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Rivera-Belliard-Young|
|Matt Chico (W,5-6)||5||9||2||2||3||4||0||4.73|
|Saul Rivera (H,13)||2||2||1||1||1||1||0||3.52|
|Luis Ayala (H,3)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||2.87|
|Chad Cordero (S,22)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.60|
|WP - Saul Rivera (4)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Matt Chico 90-57, Saul Rivera 32-22, Luis Ayala 13-9, Chad Cordero 9-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Chico 4-7, Saul Rivera 3-1, Luis Ayala 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Matt Chico 27, Saul Rivera 8, Luis Ayala 4, Chad Cordero 3|
|Attendance - 20165|
|Game Time - 2:53|
|Temperature - 88|
|Umpires - Home - Chuck Meriwether, First Base - Rick Reed, Second Base - Scott Barry, Third Base - Tim Timmons|