By: Brendan DarrBy Brendan Darr

Washington Nationals Chien-Ming Wang continued his comeback putting in a solid 6 innings giving up 2 runs (1 earned), while giving up six hits and walked four while striking out two in last night’s game against the Cincinnati Reds.  Wang lowered his ERA to 3.82 on the night and is making a case to stay in the rotation long-term. 

Unfortunately, Wang was let down by his bullpen as Tom Gorzelanny and Colin Balester combined for an inning of work while giving up 5 hits, a walk and 2 runs.  Gorzelanny had been fairly impressive out of the bullpen up until tonight.

The Reds got on the board first after a Brandon Phillips single to plate Todd Frazier in the second inning.  The Nationals took the lead in the fourth inning after Wilson Ramos hit a three-run home run scoring Jonny Gomes and Danny Espinosa.  Brandon Phillips got the Reds back on the board in the sixth as he singled again and scored Paul Janish. 

The Nationals surrendered the lead in the seventh as Todd Frazier singled to score Jay Bruce to tie the game.  Then Colin Balester gave up the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth, as Miguel Cairo singled to deep center scoring Drew Stubbs. 

The Nats were let down by the middle of their lineup as Ryan Zimmerman, Michael Morse and Jayson Werth combined to go 2-for-14 with 4 strikeouts.  Dontrelle Willis, who is on his own comeback trail, put in another solid effort; going 7 innings giving up 6 hits (including the 3-run home run) while striking out four and walking five. 

The Nationals will play game 2 of 3 against the Reds in the Great American Ballpark at 7:05 on Saturday Night.  Ross Detwiler (2-3, 2.61 ERA) looks to continue his solid run now that he is back in the rotation against Mike Leake (10-8, 4.09 ERA).  You can listen to the game live on 106.7 The Fan. 

Follow Brendan Darr on twitter: @BrendanDarr1067


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