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Cincinnati at Washington

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Cincinnati (31-28)010100000251
Washington (16-42) «00000102x391

Nationals 3, Reds 2

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WASHINGTON -- The Washington Nationals found a way to get a rare win: have the Cincinnati Reds just throw one away.

Cristian Guzman scored the go-ahead run on a throwing error by Cincinnati second baseman Brandon Phillips in the eighth inning, a mistake that could have been forced by Alberto Gonzalez's hard slide.

"You play hard -- good things happen," manager Manny Acta said.

The win was the third in 16 games for the Nationals, who left 12 runners on base before the eighth.

With the bases loaded and one out, Ryan Zimmerman bounced a slow grounder to shortstop Alex Gonzalez, who flipped to Phillips. As Anderson Hernandez crossed the plate with the tying run, Phillips threw wildly to first, allowing Guzman to score.

"Game on the line, you are going to try and make a play. That's what I tried to do," Phillips said. "[Gonzalez] hit me and I tried to make a play."

The Reds won the first two games of the series, waiting out two excruciating rain delays and watching pitchers wriggle out of jam after jam.

Manager Dusty Baker felt Phillips shouldn't have tried to throw the ball because he thought Zimmerman would beat the relay.

"It's a situation where you are trying. Probably shouldn't have, but Brandon is the best around," Baker said. "They kept the pressure on us. Even though we had the lead, the pressure was more on us than it was on them."

Julian Tavarez (2-4) pitched two scoreless innings in relief of John Lannan and Joe Biemel got his first save of the year, pitching a scoreless ninth. It was Washington's first save since May 24.

Daniel Herrera (0-2), the Reds' fourth pitcher of the game, took the loss. Starter Micah Owings hasn't won in his past six starts and wasn't able to last six innings.

"It's gotten so bad that everyone's trying to get the big hit -- the big home run," Adam Dunn said.

Dunn, who leads the team with 17 home runs and 44 RBI, keeps waiting for the Nationals (16-42) to break out. They have just one three-game winning streak.

"We haven't had that big blowout game the entire year," Dunn said. "Hopefully, something clicks and everyone relaxes."

The Reds scored a run in the second when Zimmerman's wild throw from third base on Adam Rosales' infield single hit the tarp past first base.

They added their second run in the fourth against Lannan when Gonzalez's RBI single scored Jonny Gomes.

Washington made it 2-1 in the sixth when Guzman's infield out scored Josh Willingham.

Notes

Dunn started at 1B for Washington in place of Nick Johnson. Johnson had a pinch-hit single in the sixth inning. ... Acta said Dunn will be his DH for the upcoming series at Tampa Bay. ... Ramon Hernandez started at C for the Reds. With 1B Joey Votto injured, Hernandez had started 10 of the previous 11 games at first. ... Washington drafted RHP Shane McCatty, son of pitching coach Steve McCatty, in the 34th round.

 
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Players of the Game
Cincinnati

A. Gonzalez
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Washington

J. Willingham
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Cincinnati Reds
Jerry Hairston Jr., 3B4010010 .250
Willy Taveras, CF4000001 .238
Brandon Phillips, 2B3010100 .274
Jonny Gomes, LF2100102 .323
    Danny Herrera, P0000000 .000
    Nick Masset, P0000000 .000
Ramon Hernandez, C3000111 .254
Jay Bruce, RF4000001 .214
Alex Gonzalez, SS4121000 .226
Adam Rosales, 1B4010012 .224
Micah Owings, P2000013 .257
    Jared Burton, P0000000 .000
   a- Chris Dickerson, PH1000000 .242
    Carlos Fisher, P0000000 .000
    Laynce Nix, LF0000000 .268
Totals3125134  
a-flied out for Burton in the 7th
Batting
RBI - Alex Gonzalez (17)
CS - Brandon Phillips (4, 2nd base by Lannan/Nieves)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Brandon Phillips (5, Throwing)
Cincinnati Reds
Micah Owings 5.1411440 4.64
Jared Burton (H,4) 0.2100000 5.33
Carlos Fisher (H,2) 1111210 3.24
Danny Herrera (H,4; L,0-2) 0.1211000 1.96
Nick Masset (BS,1) 0.2100010 0.76
HBP - Nieves (by Micah Owings), Gonzalez (by Micah Owings)
WP - Micah Owings (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Micah Owings 102-56, Jared Burton 14-9, Carlos Fisher 27-14, Danny Herrera 10-8, Nick Masset 15-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Micah Owings 7-5, Jared Burton 1-1, Danny Herrera 1-0, Nick Masset 1-0
Batters Faced - Micah Owings 26, Jared Burton 3, Carlos Fisher 6, Danny Herrera 3, Nick Masset 3
Washington Nationals
Cristian Guzman, SS5111004 .327
Alberto Gonzalez, 2B3010102 .308
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B3001202 .316
Adam Dunn, 1B4010114 .256
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
Elijah Dukes, CF5000038 .253
Josh Willingham, LF3120100 .254
Austin Kearns, RF3000124 .206
Wil Nieves, C2010000 .269
   a- Willie Harris, PH1010000 .250
    Ronnie Belliard, 1B0000000 .175
John Lannan, P2000003 .120
   b- Nick Johnson, PH1010000 .316
    Julian Tavarez, P0000000 .000
   c- Anderson Hernandez, PH1110000 .260
    Josh Bard, C0000000 .230
Totals3339266  
a-singled for Nieves in the 8th
b-singled for Lannan in the 6th
c-singled for Tavarez in the 8th
Batting
RBI - Cristian Guzman (15), Ryan Zimmerman (40)
Team LOB - 14
Fielding
E - Ryan Zimmerman (7, Throwing)
Washington Nationals
John Lannan 6521220 3.51
Julian Tavarez (W,2-4) 2000120 4.63
Joe Beimel (S,1) 1000000 4.07
HBP - Gomes (by John Lannan)
WP - John Lannan (2)
Pitches-Strikes - John Lannan 88-55, Julian Tavarez 37-23, Joe Beimel 8-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lannan 5-10, Julian Tavarez 2-2, Joe Beimel 1-2
Batters Faced - John Lannan 25, Julian Tavarez 7, Joe Beimel 3
Game Information
Attendance - 19703
Game Time - 3:09
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Scott Barry, First Base - Tim McClelland, Second Base - Andy Fletcher, Third Base - Angel Hernandez