Reds Vs. Nationals: Nationals Run Over Reds In 6-4 Victory

Chien-Ming Wang got his second win of the season as well as his second consecutive win as Ryan Zimmerman and Michael Morse show their power and Drew Storen earns his 32nd save of the season.

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Reds Vs. Nationals: Michael Morse May Move Back To Outfield, Davey Johnson Says

Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson said after Tuesday's 6-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds that slugging first baseman Michael Morse will likely move to left field at some point this season. 

According to Johnson, the move would ideally coincide with the return of Adam LaRoche from the disabled list: 

"I'm thinking at some point in time this season I might move him back [to left field]," Johnson said. "Ideally, when LaRoche comes back, we'll have LaRoche at first and probably Morse in left field. We're going to have Morse somewhere every day."    

Morse came up to the majors as a shortstop, so position changes are nothing new to him. Although he plays well defensively at first base, LaRoche is likely an upgrade defensively at the position. 

The Nationals hope the move does not effect Morse's offensive production, which has been elite this season. The slugger ranks 3rd in the National League with a .323 batting average, and fourth with a .566 slugging percentage.

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Reds Vs. Nationals Final: Nationals Hold Off Reds In 6-4 Win

The Cincinnati Reds rolled into Washington D.C. hoping to take advantage of the Washington Nationals low morale after a pretty filthy loss in Philadelphia and hoping to find them sluggish after two days of rest, but the team they met at Nationals Park on Tuesday night was anything but. The Nats put the hurting on the Reds early and held off for a convincing 6-4 win.

Starter Chien-Ming Wang got his second win of the season and his second consecutive victory as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and walking one. He had no strike outs. It wasn't as strong as a performance as his last outing, a one hit outing against the Chicago Cubs but it was more than serviceable and enough to confuse and beat the Reds Tuesday night.

Ryan Zimmerman and Michael Morse enjoyed watching solo longballs leave the field at Nationals Park and Ian Desmond creamed a two-run double in the first inning to give the Nationals the lead for good. Morse also had a RBI double. Closer Drew Storen completely overpowered the Reds line-up on his way to his 32nd save of the season planting two K's in the ninth and final inning of the game.

The Nats move to 58-62 and are a half game back of the New York Mets for third place in the NL East.

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Reds Vs. Nationals Score: Nationals Ride Power Surge To 6-4 Lead Over Reds

The Washington Nationals have a 6-4 lead over the Cincinnati Reds in the seventh inning thanks to a power surge by the Nationals offense and a settling starting pitcher in Chien-Ming Wang.

Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman and first baseman Michael Morse have both hit home runs while shortstop Ian Desmond hit a crucial first inning two-run single. Morse now has 21 homers on the year and has also hit a RBI double in the game.

This all comes after a shaky first inning from Wang who gave up two runs in the first inning while trying to find his sinker. He then settled and at one point retired 12 straight batters. The Reds touched Wang again for a RBI single in the sixth inning and a RBI double in the seventh.

The Nationals took advantage of a fielding error to score a run, but the Nationals have committed two fielding errors of their own. One came from Zimmerman and another from Desmond.

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Reds Vs. Nationals: Nationals Return Home To DC To Do Battle With Reds

The Nationals will honor the Navy SEALs Tuesday night with a special game worn cap as they try to put the rough times in Philadelphia behind them and concentrate on the Reds.

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