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.