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Morse, Zimmerman homer as Nats down Reds

Aug 17, 2011 - 5:03 AM Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Michael Morse went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, an RBI double and two runs scored to lead the Washington Nationals to a 6-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in the opener of a three-game series.

Ryan Zimmerman cracked a solo homer and Ian Desmond added a pair of RBI for the Nats.

Chien-Ming Wang (2-2) gave up four runs on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings to earn the win in his first career start against the Reds. He issued only one walk and did not strike out a batter. Drew Storen worked a 1-2-3 ninth to notch his 32nd save of the season.

Jay Bruce and Ramon Hernandez had RBI singles, while Edgar Renteria chipped in with an RBI double for the Reds, who have lost 12 of their last 17 road contests.

Mike Leake (10-8) yielded six runs -- five earned -- on seven hits while striking out five and walking one.

Trailing 2-0, Washington took a 3-2 lead in the home half of the first inning. Rick Ankiel singled to left and Zimmerman reached on an infield single two batters later to give the Nats runners on first and second with one out. Morse then ripped a double off the wall in right to plate the Nationals' first run. Jayson Werth coaxed a walk from Leake to load the bases and Desmond came through with a two-run single.

"He's been really consistent all year," Johnson said about Morse. "Since I've been here he really hasn't had a bad game. He missed one day and came back and hit ropes the next day. I don't know where we'd be without him. He's been awfully good."

The Nationals extended their lead to 4-2 in the third courtesy of Morse's solo shot deep into the seats in right for his 21st home run of the season.

Wilson Ramos slapped a one-out double in the fourth and moved to third on a groundout by Wang. Ankiel then punched a ball down the first base line that could not be handled by Joey Votto, which allowed Ramos to score for a 5-2 Washington advantage.

Washington added another run in the fifth when Zimmerman led off the inning by crushing a sinker from Leake into the seats just inside the left-field foul pole for a 6-2 Nats lead.

"It happens sometimes," Leake said of his outing. "Some balls found some holes. I felt like I threw the ball pretty good."

The Reds made it a three-run game in the sixth when Votto doubled to lead off the frame, moved to third on a groundout by Brandon Philips and scored on a groundout by Bruce. The inning continued as Hernandez reached on an error by Desmond and Yonder Alonso singled to give the Reds runners on first and second with two outs. Wang remained composed and got Todd Frazier to ground weakly back to the mound to end the inning.

Pinch-hitter Fred Lewis roped a single to right to begin the top of the seventh, and Renteria smacked a double two batters later to score Lewis and cut the Nationals lead to 6-4.

Earlier, The Reds wasted no time taking the lead as they plated two runs in their first at-bat. Drew Stubbs led off the inning with a sharply hit single into right and stole second. Following a walk to Votto and a fly out by Philips, Stubbs trotted home with the first run of the inning on a single by Bruce. Hernandez then slapped a fly ball to right that went off the glove of Werth and fell in for a hit, allowing Votto to score the Reds' second run.

Game Notes

Tuesday's game opened a 10-game homestand for the Nationals...Zimmerman has reached base in 22 consecutive games...Washington is 17-14 against the National League Central, while Cincinnati is 5-13 against the NL East...Cincinnati is 25-33 on the road this year...Morse ripped his 29th double of the year in the first inning...Zimmerman's homer was his seventh of the season...Renteria was removed from the game after pulling up lame on his way to second base in the seventh inning.








  • CINCINNATI: 4
    WASHINGTON: 6
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  • Tyler Clippard enters the game for the Nationals with a runner on second and one out.

    Reds 4, Nationals 6  Top 7, 1 OutAug 16 8:52 PM


  • Jay Bruce grounded out first to pitcher scored Joey Votto with two outs.. None on with Ramon Hernandez due up.

    Reds 3, Nationals 6  Top 6, 2 OutsAug 16 8:33 PM


  • Ryan Zimmerman lead-off Home Run (7) to left. Michael Morse due up.

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  • Rick Ankiel reached first on Joey Votto's fielding error that scored Wilson Ramos with two outs.. Runner on first with Danny Espinosa due up.

    Reds 2, Nationals 5  Bot 4, 2 OutsAug 16 8:13 PM


  • Michael Morse one-out, solo Home Run (21) to right. Jayson Werth due up.

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  • Ian Desmond single to center scored Ryan Zimmerman and Michael Morse with one out. On the play, Jayson Werth advances to second. Runners on first and second with Wilson Ramos due up.

    Reds 2, Nationals 3  Bot 1, 2 OutsAug 16 7:32 PM


  • Michael Morse double to right scored Rick Ankiel with one out. On the play, Ryan Zimmerman advances to third. Runners on second and third with Jayson Werth due up.

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  • Ramon Hernandez single to right scored Joey Votto with two outs. On the play, Jay Bruce advances to third. Runners on first and third with Yonder Alonso due up.

    Reds 2, Nationals 0  Top 1, 2 OutsAug 16 7:20 PM


  • Jay Bruce single to right scored Drew Stubbs with two outs. On the play, Joey Votto advances to third. Runners on first and third with Ramon Hernandez due up.

    Reds 1, Nationals 0  Top 1, 2 OutsAug 16 7:18 PM


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