National League Game Summary - Cincinnati at Washington|
(Thursday, April 12th)
Final Score: Washington 3, Cincinnati 2 (10 innings)
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Ryan Zimmerman slid across the plate with
the winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th inning, sending the
Washington Nationals to a 3-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds in the opener of a
four-game series Thursday.
Zimmerman led off the inning and was hit on the arm by Reds' reliever Alfredo
Simon. He advanced to second on a one-out single to left by Jayson Werth, then
moved to third on a groundout by Xavier Nady.
Facing Roger Bernadina, Simon (0-1) bounced a breaking ball that got away
from catcher Devin Mesoraco, allowing the winning run to score.
"We're off to a good start, but we have a long way to go," Zimmerman said.
"I think the strength of this team is pitching and defense. The defense has
been a little sub par, but the pitching has been great."
Craig Stammen (1-0) struck out the side in the top of the 10th to pick up the
victory after Washington blew a 2-0 lead in the ninth.
Adam LaRoche went 2-for-5 with a two-run single and Ian Desmond was 3-for-5
with a run scored for the Nats, who are 5-2 and off to their best seven-game
start since moving from Montreal in 2005.
Starter Gio Gonzalez was fantastic in his first home start of the season,
going seven shutout innings and giving up just two hits while striking out
seven without issuing a walk.
"He was really good," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "Today he threw a whole
bunch of fastballs, so perhaps he's changed his philosophy coming from the
American League to the National League, but he was good."
The Reds, who have dropped three of their last four and fell to 3-4 on the
season, tied the game against Nats closer Brad Lidge in the ninth.
Lidge coaxed a groundout from Zack Cozart to start the inning, but then got
into trouble by walking Joey Votto and giving up a double down the left field
line to Scott Rolen to put runners on second and third.
Washington elected to intentionally walk Jay Bruce, loading the bases with one
down for Ryan Luckwick, who sent a sharp ground ball to third that just snuck
under the glove of Zimmerman to plate both runners and tie the game at two.
Earlier, Washington broke a scoreless tie in the fifth. Gonzalez dunked a
single into center field, Desmond slapped one up the middle and Danny Espinosa
worked a walk to load the bases with one out.
After Zimmerman grounded into a fielder's choice, LaRoche picked up his
teammate with a two-run single up the middle to give the Nats a 2-0 advantage.
Gonzalez has allowed just one unearned run in two career starts against the
Reds...Cincinnati starter Mat Latos yielded two runs on five hits and three
walks in five innings...Gonzalez's hit was his first in the majors.
04/12 19:35:19 ET