Nationals Vs. Reds: Nationals Lose Fourth Straight Game 4-3, Tied For Third In NL East With Mets

Wilson Ramos hit a three-run home run, but it was all the offense could put together as once again they let their starting pitcher down for the fourth game in a row.

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Nationals Vs. Reds Final: Collin Balester Gives Up Walk-Off Single To Reds In Nationals 4-3 Loss

The Washington Nationals controlled most of Friday night's game, but the Cincinnati Reds slowly chipped away at the Nats lead, eventually tied the game and then pulled off a bottom of the ninth victory. The Reds beat the Nationals 4-3.

The Nats took control of the game 3-1 in the fourth after catcher Wilson Ramos jacked a three-run home run off Reds starter Dontrelle Willis. But the Reds battled back getting a RBI in the sixth and seventh innings to tie the game. Then in the bottom of the ninth, Nats reliever Collin Balester gave up a walk-off RBI single to Miguel Cairo to complete the Cincinnati comeback and get the 4-3 win.

Nationals starter Chien-Ming Wang put on another strong performance going six innings giving up two runs on six hits while walking four and striking out two. The game was delayed for a time thanks to some field lighting panels going dark. During the game, it was found that the Nationals are intending to call up first baseman Chris Marrero from Syracuse on Saturday.

The Nationals are now 62-68 and are tied for third place in the NL East with the New York Mets.

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Nationals Vs. Reds Score: Wilson Ramos Delivers Three-Run Home Run And 3-1 Lead

The Cincinnati Reds struck first in the game between them and the Washington Nationals, but by the end of four innings it was the Nationals with the upper hand. Nats catcher Wilson Ramos made it a whole new ballgame with one swing of his bat and helped deliver the 3-1 score.

Nationals starter Chien-Ming gave up a RBI single to Brandon Philips in the second inning, but it has been the only dark spot on what so far has been another positive performance from the big, Taiwanese right-hander. Wang has gone four innings giving up only one run on three hits. He sas walked three and struck out two. 

It wasn't until the fourth inning when the Nationals struck big. After Danny Espinosa walked and former Reds outfielder Jonny Gomes singled, up stepped Ramos to the plate. He rocked a Dontrelle Willis pitch over the right field wall for a three-run home run. It was his 11th home run of the season.

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Nationals Vs. Reds: Nationals Chien-Ming Wang Needs To Go Into Red To Get Team Back To Speed

The Nationals will need both good pitching from Wang and the bullpen to keep the ball in the ballpark and good offense to hit it out in order to break their three game losing streak.

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