found a way to get a rare win: have the
just throw one away.
scored the go-ahead run on a throwing error by Cincinnati second baseman
in the eighth inning, a mistake that could have been forced by
's hard slide.
''You play hard - good things happen,'' manager Manny Acta said.
The win was the third in 16 games for the Nationals, who left 12 runners on base before the eighth.
With the bases loaded and one out,
bounced a slow grounder to shortstop
, who flipped to Phillips. As
crossed the plate with the tying run, Phillips threw wildly to first, allowing Guzman to score.
''Game on the line, you are going to try and make a play. That's what I tried to do,'' Phillips said. ''(Gonzalez) hit me
and I tried to make a play.''
The Reds won the first two games of the series, waiting out two excruciating rain delays and watching pitchers wriggle out
of jam after jam.
felt Phillips shouldn't have tried to throw the ball because he thought Zimmerman would beat the relay.
''It's a situation where you are trying. Probably shouldn't have, but Brandon is the best around,'' Baker said. ''They kept
the pressure on us. Even though we had the lead, the pressure was more on us than it was on them.''
(2-4) pitched two scoreless innings in relief of
and Joe Biemel got his first save of the year, pitching a scoreless ninth. It was Washington's first save since May 24.
Daniel Herrera (0-2), the Reds' fourth pitcher of the game, took the loss. Starter
hasn't won in his past six starts and wasn't able to last six innings.
''It's gotten so bad that everyone's trying to get the big hit - the big home run,''
Dunn, who leads the team with 17 home runs and 44 RBIs, keeps waiting for the Nationals (16-42) to break out. They have just
one three-game winning streak.
''We haven't had that big blowout game the entire year,'' Dunn said. ''Hopefully, something clicks and everyone relaxes.''
The Reds scored a run in the second when Zimmerman's wild throw from third base on
' infield single hit the tarp past first base.
They added their second run in the fourth against Lannan when Gonzalez's RBI single scored
Washington made it 2-1 in the sixth when Guzman's infield out scored
NOTES: Dunn started at 1B for Washington in place of
. Johnson had a pinch-hit single in the sixth inning. ... Acta said Dunn will be his DH for the upcoming series at Tampa Bay.
started at C for the Reds. With 1B
injured, Hernandez had started 10 of the previous 11 games at first. ... Washington drafted RHP Shane McCatty, son of pitching
, in the 34th round.