National League Game Summary - Washington at Cincinnati|
(Saturday, July 26)
Final Score: Cincinnati 1, Washington 0
Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - When in the midst of your longest losing
streak in nearly five years, just send your staff ace to the mound.
The Cincinnati Reds did just that.
Johnny Cueto hurled seven strong innings to help the Reds snap a seven-game
losing streak with a 1-0 win over the Washington Nationals on Saturday.
Cueto (11-6) limited the Nationals to four hits and walked three while
striking out nine for Cincinnati, which hasn't lost eight in a row since July
28-Aug. 4, 2009.
"Most teams are going to go through a stretch like this and you hope it's not
in September and it takes you out of the race," Reds manager Bryan Price said
about ending the losing streak. "It was in the end of July and it hasn't."
Gio Gonzalez (6-6) was up to the task in opposing Cueto, allowing a run on
four hits with eight strikeouts.
"Cueto has been fantastic," Gonzalez said. "It was going to be a close one all
the way to the end."
Washington looked to open the scoring in the first, but Billy Hamilton had
other ideas. With one out and runners on first and second, Adam LaRoche sent a
looping liner to deep center, where Hamilton raced back and leaped up to make
the catch for the second out of the inning. Ian Desmond then lined out to end
Aside from the early run-scoring opportunity, Cueto and Gonzalez were dealing
until the Reds finally broke through in the fifth.
Chris Heisey hit a ground-rule double to left, then stole third two batters
later. Brayan Pena ripped a single through the hole on the left side to open
the scoring, giving the Reds a 1-0 lead.
Cueto struck out four straight batters from the sixth through the seventh
before issuing a one-out walk to Bryce Harper. Wilson Ramos followed with an
infield single, however, Harper took a wide turn around second and ultimately
was tagged out in a rundown. The miscue crushed any potential rally, as Cueto
got Kevin Frandsen to fly out to right in the next at-bat for the third out.
Jonathan Broxton breezed through the first two batters in the eighth before
walking Anthony Rendon and hitting Jayson Werth to put a pair of runners on,
forcing the Reds to bring in Aroldis Chapman for a four-out save. Chapman
induced a harmless groundout from LaRoche to end the inning.
Desmond drew a walk to lead off the ninth, but was gunned down trying to
swipe second for the first out in the frame. Chapman then blew a fastball by
Harper and got Ramos looking to secure his 22nd save of the season.
Cincinnati's Zack Cozart went 0-for-3 and is now in the midst of an 0-for-20
slump ... Chapman added to his major-league record with a strikeout in his
43rd consecutive appearance ... Gonzalez entered the game with a 2-0 record
and 1.00 ERA over four starts against the Reds ... Washington went 0-for-4
with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base ... Game time:
07/26 20:14:13 ET