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Zimmerman, middle of lineup produced Nationals third straight win

Aug 3, 2007 - 3:33 AM WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Ryan Zimmerman helped the Washington Nationals accomplish something not done since the franchise's days in Montreal.

Zimmerman had three hits and drove in three runs and Mike Bacsik threw seven sharp innings as the Nationals completed a three-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds with a 7-3 victory on Thursday.

Dmitri Young drove in two runs, Ronnie Belliard scored three times and the 2-3-4 hitters combined to go 7-for-12 with six RBI as the Nationals won their sixth straight over the Reds for the first time since 1996.

Zimmerman helped Washington take the lead with a RBI double in the third and knocked in two more with a single in the fourth.

"We got some runners one and I got some big hits," Zimmerman said. "I just try and do what the situation dictates."

Zimmerman and his teammates banged out nine hits in the first four innings as Washington posted its third straight win and has won six of the seven meetings between the clubs this season.

"We go out there and work hard and eventually things will work out," Young said. "We just hope it continues."

Meanwhile Bacsik (5-6) did not need much run support. The lefthander retired 16 of the last 17 hitters after allowing a two-run homer to Alex Gonzalez in the second inning that put Cincinnati up 3-1.

Bacsik was efficient, needing just 81 pitches to get through seven innings. The 29-year-old allowed just three runs and three hits in seven innings with a season-high six strikeouts.

"With my stuff, I have to keep the ball down," Bacsik said. "If I focus at the start I'm OK. In the second inning I made three bad pitches in a row. After that I stayed ahead of the hitters and threw good first pitches."

After Gonzalez's homer put Cincinnati up 3-1, Washington answered quickly in the next frame. With Belliard on second after a leadoff double, Zimmerman blasted a ball to the left-center field gap for an RBI double to cut the lead to 3-2.

Young then knotted the game at 3-3 with an RBI single that plated Zimmerman as the Nationals recorded four straight hits to start the inning.

Washington continued its onslaught, taking the lead in a three-run fourth and chasing rookie Phil Dumatrait in his major league debut. Bacsik led off the frame with his first double of the season and scored on Belliard's second double of the night which gave the Nationals a 4-3 lead.

Dumatrait, who was starting because Kyle Lohse was traded to Philadelphia, allowed six runs and eight hits in 3 1/3 innings.

"He didn't have his control," Reds manager Pete Mackanin said. "It was his debut and he was nervous."

Even with Dumatrait (0-1) out of the game, Zimmerman continued his impressive night by padding the lead with a two-run single in the fourth off Todd Coffey to extend the lead to 6-3.

The Nationals then turned to their biggest strength, the bullpen, to protect the lead. Jon Rauch threw a scoreless eighth and Saul Rivera worked around two hits in the ninth to close it out.

"I can't say enough about how well the bullpen has done for us, Nationals manager Manny Acta said. "They been huge for us."

Adam Dunn hit his 28th homer of the season, a solo shot in the second for the Reds, who have lost five straight.

"The whole series nothing went right for us and everything went right for them," Mackanin said.








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    CINCINNATI 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 0
    WASHINGTON 1 0 2 3 0 0 1 0 x 7 13 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: CIN - PHILLIP DUMATRAIT, TODD COFFEY (4TH), VICTOR SANTOS (5TH),
    DAVID WEATHERS (8TH) AND DAVID ROSS
    WAS - MIKE BACSIK, JON RAUCH (8TH), SAUL RIVERA (9TH)
    AND JESU

    Aug 2 9:39 PM


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    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY D'ANGELO JIMENEZ SCORED RYAN CHURCH.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, D JIMENEZ ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 3
    WASHINGTON 7 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: F LOPEZ (.244, 1-FOR-3, BB)

    Reds vs. NationalsAug 2 9:11 PM


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    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RYAN ZIMMERMAN SCORED FELIPE LOPEZ AND RONNIE
    BELLIARD.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, R ZIMMERMAN ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 3
    WASHINGTON 6 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: D YOUNG (.333, 2-FOR-2, 2 RBI)

    Reds vs. NationalsAug 2 8:20 PM


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    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY RONNIE BELLIARD SCORED MIKE BACSIK.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R BELLIARD ON SECOND, F LOPEZ ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 3
    WASHINGTON 4 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: R ZIMMERMAN (.264, 2-FOR-2, RBI)

    Reds vs. NationalsAug 2 8:15 PM


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    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY DMITRI YOUNG SCORED RYAN ZIMMERMAN.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, D YOUNG ON FIRST, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 3
    WASHINGTON 3 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: A KEARNS (.255, 0-FOR-1)

    Reds vs. NationalsAug 2 7:55 PM


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    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY RYAN ZIMMERMAN SCORED RONNIE BELLIARD.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R ZIMMERMAN ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 3
    WASHINGTON 2 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: D YOUNG (.331, 1-FOR-1, RBI)

    Reds vs. NationalsAug 2 7:53 PM


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    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY ALEX GONZALEZ (14) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 2ND OFF MIKE BACSIK SCORED EDWIN ENCARNACION.
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 3, WASHINGTON 1
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: D ROSS (.206, 15 HR, 33 RBI)

    Reds vs. NationalsAug 2 7:30 PM


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    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ADAM DUNN (28) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT IN THE
    2ND OFF MIKE BACSIK.
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 1, WASHINGTON 1
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: E ENCARNACION (.258, 7 HR, 41 RBI)

    Reds vs. NationalsAug 2 7:28 PM


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    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY DMITRI YOUNG SCORED RONNIE BELLIARD.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, D YOUNG ON FIRST, R ZIMMERMAN ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 0
    WASHINGTON 1 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: A KEARNS (.256, 8 HR, 44 RBI)

    Reds vs. NationalsAug 2 7:19 PM
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    Hogie Added 5 roots

    Reds vs. NationalsMay 24 6:54 PM