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Washington (40-70) «20000242x10141

Nationals 10, Reds 6

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WASHINGTON -- When Pete Orr is asked to pinch hit with the bases loaded and the game tied in the seventh inning, it can only mean one thing: The manager has run out of options.

Orr's four years in the majors can best be described as RBI-challenged, but he came through for manager Manny Acta on Saturday night. He drove in his first runs in more than 15 months, slapping a two-run single into left field that put the Washington Nationals ahead to stay in a 10-6 win over the Cincinnati Reds.

"If you don't think you can do it, you shouldn't be here, that's for sure," said Orr, who increased his RBI output to a grand total of 20 in 399 career at-bats over four big league seasons. "You have to believe in yourself, first of all. It was a fun situation to be in, and I'm happy I got the opportunity."

Orr's single capped a four-run inning and gave the Nationals something they haven't had since June -- a two-game winning streak at home. Washington had dropped nine straight overall before beating the Reds on Friday; now they'll be going for the series sweep on Sunday.

Orr hadn't knocked in a run since a pinch-hit, two-run single with two outs in the ninth inning of the Atlanta Braves' 11-6 win at the Florida Marlins on April 24, 2007. He entered Saturday's game with seven hits in 29 at-bats for the Nationals this season, but he was the only choice after Acta looked down his bench with the game on the line and saw two injured players who aren't able to bat -- Cristian Guzman and Ryan Zimmerman -- and catcher Wil Nieves.

"We were short," Acta said. "It was him and Nieves, and Nieves is the last catcher, so we didn't want to take a chance."

So, for one night at least, Orr was a key performer in a cast of no-name overachievers for the Nationals, who fell behind 5-2 in the second inning and rallied while the Reds unraveled. Cincinnati committed three errors, and the Reds bullpen allowed seven runs over 2 2/3 innings.

For the second straight night, Washington's new build-for-the-future double-play combination -- youngsters Emilio Bonifacio and Alberto Gonzalez -- provided a spark. The speedy Bonifacio had a swinging-bunt double over the third baseman's head, his first career triple and also reached on an error. Gonzalez went 3-for-5 with a double and scored two runs.

"These two guys have brought a big-time level of energy," Acta said. "Right now just by having a lot of guys like that, you just expect that type of energy, and why not? These guys are the youngest team in the big leagues right now, and we shouldn't be lacking any type of energy."

Ronnie Belliard added a pinch-hit, two-run homer, giving the Nationals four RBI off pinch-hits. Lastings Milledge also went deep, and Austin Kearns went 3-for-5. Charlie Manning (1-2) got his first career win by pitching a scoreless seventh inning.

Mike Lincoln (1-3), who entered with a 19-inning scoreless streak, allowed four runs in the seventh while retiring only one batter to get the loss. The Reds have dropped seven of eight.

"Every day, we're making errors," manager Dusty Baker said. "Today, we made them at the wrong time. That was a terrible game -- an ugly game. ... The bullpen's been awesome. It was their turn tonight. It was very disheartening to see that."'

Notes

2B Brandon Phillips, who booted a groundball for one of Cincinnati's three errors, called the Nationals Park infield "the worst in the National League." ... Reds OF Jay Bruce homered for the second straight game. ... LF Elijah Dukes was scratched from the Nationals lineup after arriving late for pregame. He entered in the sixth inning and hit himself in the leg with the bat while grounding out in the eighth. The leg cramped up and he had to leave the game. ... Reds C Paul Bako executed a squeeze bunt in the sixth inning. ... One day after coming off the 15-day disabled list Friday with a strained right hamstring, Reds OF Jerry Hairston Jr. said the hamstring was sore again and had to sit out. He is expected to miss Sunday's game, too. ... Cincinnati RHP Aaron Harang, on the 15-day DL with a strained right forearm, will make a rehab start on Monday for Triple-A Louisville. ... Nationals starter Jason Bergmann allowed five earned runs, the most he has allowed since June 6.

 
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Players of the Game
Washington

A. Gonzalez
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Washington

A. Kearns
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Cincinnati Reds
Jeff Keppinger, SS3100101 .276
Joey Votto, 1B4113001 .274
Jay Bruce, RF4122000 .271
Brandon Phillips, 2B4010000 .276
Adam Dunn, LF4000012 .239
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B3100100 .253
Corey Patterson, CF4120011 .189
Paul Bako, C3111011 .220
Josh Fogg, P1000101 .125
    Bill Bray, P0000000 .000
    Mike Lincoln, P0000000 .000
    Gary Majewski, P0000000 .000
   a- Javier Valentin, PH1000001 .253
Totals3167633  
a-grounded into a double play for Majewski in the 9th
Batting
2B - Joey Votto (21, Bergmann), Brandon Phillips (20, Bergmann)
HR - Jay Bruce (9, Bergmann)
SH - Paul Bako (3), Josh Fogg (3)
RBI - Joey Votto 3 (49), Jay Bruce 2 (27), Paul Bako (31)
2-OUT RBI - Joey Votto 3 (18), Jay Bruce 2 (13)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Corey Patterson 1
DP - Keppinger-B. Phillips-Votto
E - Jay Bruce (4, Misplayed grounder), Jeff Keppinger (5, Misplayed grounder), Brandon Phillips (5, Misplayed grounder)
Cincinnati Reds
Josh Fogg 5.1633350 7.57
Bill Bray 0.2211011 2.83
Mike Lincoln (H,8; L,1-3) 0.1344110 3.96
Gary Majewski (BS,1) 1.2321111 3.60
HBP - Milledge (by Josh Fogg)
WP - Gary Majewski (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Fogg 105-57, Bill Bray 14-11, Mike Lincoln 17-10, Gary Majewski 30-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Fogg 7-3, Bill Bray 1-0, Gary Majewski 4-1
Batters Faced - Josh Fogg 25, Bill Bray 4, Mike Lincoln 5, Gary Majewski 10
Washington Nationals
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B5120000 .238
Willie Harris, 3B-LF4010013 .248
Lastings Milledge, CF3311102 .241
Austin Kearns, RF5231020 .220
Jesus Flores, C4011122 .281
Kory Casto, 1B2111300 .205
Alberto Gonzalez, SS-3B5230013 .220
Ryan Langerhans, LF2000012 .268
   a- Elijah Dukes, PH-LF3001002 .264
    Saul Rivera, P0000000 .000
Jason Bergmann, P2000010 .000
   b- Ronnie Belliard, PH1112000 .227
    Charlie Manning, P0000000 .000
   c- Pete Orr, PH1012000 .267
    Luis Ayala, P0000000 .000
    Cristian Guzman, SS0000000 .303
Totals371014958  
a-grounded out for Langerhans in the 6th
b-homered for Bergmann in the 6th
c-singled for Manning in the 7th
Batting
2B - Emilio Bonifacio (2, Fogg), Alberto Gonzalez (4, Fogg)
3B - Emilio Bonifacio (1, Bray)
HR - Lastings Milledge (8, Majewski), Ronnie Belliard (10, Bray)
SH - Willie Harris (2)
RBI - Lastings Milledge (35), Austin Kearns (28), Jesus Flores (48), Kory Casto (10), Elijah Dukes (23), Ronnie Belliard 2 (33), Pete Orr 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Ronnie Belliard 2 (12)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Casto-Guzman-Rivera
E - Jason Bergmann (1, Throwing)
Washington Nationals
Jason Bergmann 6665321 4.33
Charlie Manning (W,1-2) 1000000 4.01
Luis Ayala (H,19) 1000000 5.44
Saul Rivera 1100010 3.26
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Bergmann 97-62, Charlie Manning 12-8, Luis Ayala 16-8, Saul Rivera 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Bergmann 7-9, Charlie Manning 1-2, Luis Ayala 2-1, Saul Rivera 1-0
Batters Faced - Jason Bergmann 27, Charlie Manning 3, Luis Ayala 3, Saul Rivera 3
Game Information
Attendance - 30970
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Mike Estabrook, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg