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Nationals pen squanders lead to spoil Wang’s win

Staff Writer, with CNA and AP, CINCINNATI, Ohio

The Washington Nationals’ Wang Chien-ming winds up to a deliver a pitch to the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning of their game at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Friday.

Photo: Reuters


Tawain’s Wang Chien-ming (2-2) missed a chance to get the win despite a strong outing after the Washington Nationals were defeated 4-3 by the Cincinnati Reds in a walk-off win at the Great Ball American Park on Friday in a game delayed by a lighting failure.

The right-hander left the mound in the sixth inning when the Nationals leading 3-2, having allowed two runs — only earned — on six hits. He struck out two, walked four in his sixth start of the year.

Three of the six hits were by Reds starter Dontrelle Willis (0-3), who remained winless after pitching seven innings.

Willis gave up three earned runs when Wilson Ramos hit a home run in the fourth.

The Reds then rallied in the bottom of the seventh and tied the score at 3 after Todd Frazier hit a single off Nationals reliever Tom Gorzelanny.

Miguel Cairo drove home the winning run in the ninth inning with a single to the gap in left-center that was the third straight hit off Nationals reliever Colin Balester (1-2), sending the Nationals to their fourth straight loss.

A bank of lights behind first base went out in the top of the seventh. The umpires talked to both managers and decided to continue. The game was halted when another light bank went dark in the eighth, prompting a 17-minute delay.

Wang ended up with another no-decision following his previous outing against the Philadelphia Phillies on Aug. 21. However, his ERA has dropped from 4.33 to 3.82.

Reds closer Francisco Cordero (5-3) escaped a scoring threat in the ninth to take the win.

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