WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 13: Jayson Werth #28 of the Washington Nationals is mobbed by teammates after driving in the game winning run in the 13th inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Nationals Park on April 13, 2012 in Washington, DC. The Nationals won the game 2-1. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Reds Vs. Nationals: Jordan Zimmermann Brilliant, Nats Walk-Off Winners In Extra Innings Again

The Nats extended their win streak to four on Friday night, winning for the second straight day in extra innings against the Cincinnati Reds.

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Nationals Vs. Reds: Washington Walks Off In Extra Innings Again

For the second straight game, the Washington Nationals defeated the Cincinnati Reds in extra innings to improve to 2-0 at home and take a half-game lead in the NL East. Jordan Zimmermann and the Nationals' bullpen put together a dominant performance against the Reds' lineup, allowing only one run and five hits in 13 innings.

The Reds manufactured a run off Zimmermann in the top of the fifth, when Willie Harris led off with a double and was brought home on a sac fly by pitcher Bronson Arroyo. But that's all the hard-throwing righty would yield, even overcoming back-to-back errors by the Nats' infield in the 7th.

But it looked like Zimmermann's work would be wasted, as Davey Johnson's lineup could not break through against Bronson Arroyo. Trailing 1-0, Washington finally got on the board in the bottom of the 8th when Xavier Nady homered off of Bill Bray. It was the first batter that Bray faced, after Dusty Baker puled Arroyo. But Johnson pushed the right button and countered by pulling back Chad Tracy and replacing him with pinch-hitting Nady.

The Nats would finally break the 1-1 tie in the bottom of the 13th inning, when Jayson Werth singled with the bases loaded and brought home Danny Espinosa. Werth was the only National with more than one hit, extending his hit streak to five games after a rough first series in Chicago.

It was another thrilling win at Nats' Park, and they will try to clinch the series on Saturday afternoon. Edwin Jackson will make his second start while the Reds will put Homer Bailey on the mound

For more on this game and all things Washington Nationals baseball, please head over to Federal Baseball. For a view from the other dugout you can check out Red Reporter, SB Nation's Cincinnati Reds blog. For more on this and every Major League Baseball game you can head over to the SB nation MLB hub page.

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Nationals Vs. Reds: Jordan Zimmermann Starts In Game 2 Of Weekend Series

The Washington Nationals enter Friday's game against the Cincinnati Reds riding a three-game winning streak. This has been on the strength of their pitching with a little offensive pop at the right time. Jordan Zimmermann takes the hill in the second game of the series looking for his first win of the season.

Jordan Zimmermann pitched seven innings striking out four batters while allowing six hits and one earned run in a loss to the Chicago Cubs on April 8.

Third Baseman Ryan Zimmerman has had a slow start hitting .192. He will need to up his production to make up for the loss of Michael Morse who has been out with a lat strain to start the season.

The game is scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. first pitch with television coverage on MASN2. Radio coverage will be provided by 1500 WFED AM and 1580 WFHS AM.

For more on this game and all things Washington Nationals baseball, please head over to Federal Baseball. For a view from the other dugout you can check out Red Reporter, SB Nation's Cincinnati Reds blog.

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Adam LaRoche Is Carrying The Heart Of The Nationals' Order

A lot of the Nationals early season success can be contributed to Adam LaRoche, who has bucked his usual slow start. But if you look back on his history, it really shouldn't be that much of a surprise.

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Reds Vs. Nationals Final Score: Washington Wins 3-2 In Extra Innings

The Washington Nationals have won their home opener over the Cincinnati Reds, though they managed to do it in the most unconventional and roundabout way possible. With a 2-0 lead in the 9th inning, Brad Lidge came in for the save and gave up two runs on a two-out single by Ryan Ludwick, which forced extra innings, In the bottom of the 10th, Ryan Zimmerman scored a walk-off run on a wild pitch to give the Nationals the 3-2 victory.

The Nats' first two runs came in the 5th inning on a two-run single by Adam LaRoche that drove in Ian Desmond and Danny Espinosa. Starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez had great day, going seven shutout innings with seven strikeouts, allowing just two hits and no walks in the process. Tyler Clippard got through the 8th unscathed, but Lidge couldn't convert the save one inning later.

Alfredo Simon had a bit of a nightmare in the 10th inning for the Reds. He got things off to a terrible start by hitting Zimmerman to put the winning run on base. He advanced to second on a Jayson Werth single and to third on a Xavier Nady groundout before scoring the winning run on Simon's wild pitch.

For more on this game and all things Washington Nationals baseball, please head over to Federal Baseball. For a view from the other dugout you can check out Red Reporter, SB Nation's Cincinnati Reds blog.

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Reds Vs. Nationals: Gio Gonzalez Gets The Ball In Washington's Home Opener

The left-hander makes his second start of the season in Washington's home opener.

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