WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 03: Pitcher Collin Balester #23 of the Washington Nationals sits in the dugout after being pulled from the game during the sixth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park on July 3, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Nationals Vs. Reds: Nationals Fall To Fourth In NL East After 14-Inning Walk-Off Loss To Reds

Starter Jordan Zimmermann pitched his last outing of 2011 while three managers were ejected during the game in a tough loss for the Nationals who were swept by Cincinnati.

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Nationals Vs. Reds Final: Nationals Go The Distance, But Fall 5-4 In Walk-Off In 14th

The Washington Nationals battled it out with the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday afternoon. They took a late lead, couldn't hold it, waged war for 14 innings before the Reds knocked out a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 14th to win the game and sweep the Nationals at Great American Ballpark 5-4.

Right fielder Jayson Werth hit a RBI single in the ninth to give the Nationals a 4-3 lead, but reliever Drew Storen could not preserve the lead as he gave up a home run to Yonder Alonso. So began a lengthy back-and-forth battle where neither team could score until the bottom of the 14th where Joey Votto took reliever Collin Balester yard for a walk-off home run. It was Votto's second home run of the game.

Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann pitched his final game of the 2011 season and it wasn't his most promising performance as he reached his 160 inning limit. Zimmermann went four innings, giving up six hits, three runs, one walk and struck out six. He finishes the year 8-11 with a 3.18 ERA.

Three managers were ejected from the game including Nationals manager Davey Johnson and Reds manager Dusty Baker.

The Nationals are now on a six game losing streak, 62-70 on the year and have fallen to fourth place in the NL East.


Nationals Vs. Reds Score: Longballs A Problem For Nationals, Tied With Reds 2-2

It looks like through four and a half innings the Washington Nationals offense still has not completely come around and Jordan Zimmermann is giving it his all, but is having trouble keeping balls in Great American Ballpark as they have reached a 2-2 tie with the Cincinnati Red going into the bottom of the fifth.

Zimmermann is having a decent outing striking out six, but he has given up two runs on four hits, two of those hits being solo home runs from Cincinnati's Joey Votto and Jay Bruce. The Nationals have been able to get two runs across the plate themselves. In the first inning second baseman Danny Espinosa singled in Rick Ankiel for the first run of the game and an early 1-0 lead. However, the Reds struck back with their two bombs and took a 2-1 lead until the fifth inning when Rick Ankiel hit an RBI single to tie the game.

With two out and one man on third Espinosa struck out to end the Nationals half of the inning and the chance at the go ahead run.


Nationals Vs. Reds: Jordan Zimmermann Steps In For Sweep Prevention In His Final Outing Of Season

Zimmermann gets the ball to help the Nationals avoid a three game sweep and a six game losing streak.

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