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Sunday, May 13th
(All times Eastern)
Washington Nationals (21-12) at Cincinnati Reds (16-16), 1:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Washington - Edwin Jackson (1-1, 3.49)
Cincinnati - Bronson Arroyo (2-1, 2.75)
(Sports Network) - Veteran righty Bronson Arroyo makes his 298th major-league
start and aims to avoid a sweep today when the Cincinnati Reds host the
Washington Nationals to close out a three-game series at Great American Ball
The Nationals, who entered the series after losing three of four games, won
their second straight against the Reds on Saturday when Jordan Zimmermann
tossed seven solid innings and Danny Espinosa launched the go-ahead solo
home run in the sixth in a 2-1 victory.
Zimmermann (2-3) fanned nine and surrendered just a run on five hits and a
walk for NL East-leading Washington, which has won three straight on the heels
of a three-game losing skid.
Wilson Ramos added a solo shot, but left the game in the seventh inning with
an apparent knee injury. The injury occurred as Ramos was tracking down a
passed ball from Zimmermann. Ramos hurried to the ball, but as he went to pick
it up, his knee buckled underneath him.
Mat Latos allowed a run on three hits and five walks in five innings for the
Reds, who have lost three of their last four.
Jose Arredondo (2-1) relieved Latos in the sixth and was immediately welcomed
by Espinosa, who smacked a solo homer to right field, making it 2-1 in favor
Tyler Clippard threw a scoreless eighth and Henry Rodriguez struck out the
side in the ninth to notch his eighth save of the season.
Cincinnati's Arroyo has been the Reds' second most consistent pitcher behind
ace Johnny Cueto this season, winning two of three starts and pitching six
innings or more five times.
He defeated Milwaukee, 6-1, in his last start on May 7 after allowing a run on
six hits in 6 2/3 innings.
Arroyo, who is 3-3 in 10 lifetime starts against Washington, got a no-decision
against them on April 13 after 7 1/3 scoreless innings in a game the Reds
ultimately lost, 2-1.
He's allowed three runs or less in five of six starts and has seen his earned
run average drop from a season-high 5.68 to its current 2.75.
Washington replies with 28-year-old Edwin Jackson, who's 61-61 in 209 career
Jackson has split a pair of decisions to remain at .500 this season, defeating
the Reds with a complete-game effort on April 14 before dropping an 11-4
verdict to Houston one start later.
Against Cincinnati, Jackson allowed a run on two hits while walking one and
striking out a season-best nine.
Washington won the game, 4-1.
It was Jackson's first win in two career starts against the Reds.
Cincinnati won four of the six meetings with the Nats last season.
05/13 11:09:04 ET