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WASHINGTON - Washington Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann allowed just one hit while pitching a complete game as the Nationals beat the Cincinnati Reds 1-0 on Friday before an announced crowd of 32,995.

The Reds (13-11) fell to 1-7 on the road as starter Homer Bailey (1-2) was the hard-luck loser. Bailey gave up only one run and five hits in seven innings and threw just 89 pitches, 64 for strikes.

Washington (12-11) won its second game in a row in the four-game series as Zimmermann (4-1) threw only 91 pitches. He entered the game with a 2.67 ERA, and the only hit he allowed Friday was a single by Xavier Paul in the third.

The Reds had just one hit, a homer by Joey Votto, in an 8-1 loss to the Nationals on Thursday.

Zimmermann got a standing ovation when he came to bat in the last of the eighth and even a small round of applause after he fanned trying to put down a sacrifice bunt.

One of the Reds best chances of getting Zimmermann out of the game came in the seventh when Brandon Phillips hit a grounder that bounced off the pitcher and went to shortstop Ian Desmond, who threw out Phillips.

Zimmermann rubbed under his left forearm (non-throwing arm) for a few seconds, but stayed in the game after he was checked briefly by the athletic training staff.

The Nationals had a chance to widen their lead in the sixth but had two runners thrown out on the bases. Denard Span was thrown out at the plate on a chopper off the bat of Bryce Harper, who was then picked off first by catcher Corky Miller on a pitch in the dirt.

Jonathan Broxton came on to pitch the eighth for the Reds and gave up a leadoff single to Danny Espinosa before retiring the side.

The Nationals took a 1-0 lead in the fourth against Bailey as cleanup hitter Jayson Werth singled with one out to score Harper, who had tripled down the right-field line on a 3-2 pitch.

It was the first triple of the season for Harper, who entered the night with eight homers, five doubles and a slugging percentage of .740.

Bailey escaped more damage as he fanned Adam LaRoche and then got Desmond on a shallow fly as center fielder Shin-Soo Choo made a diving catch for the Reds.

NOTES: Reds manager Dusty Baker said he has not made a decision about whether to activate lefty reliever Sean Marshall, who went on the disabled list April 10 with tendinitis in his left shoulder. He made a rehab appearance Wednesday for Triple-A Louisville and allowed no runs in one inning versus Gwinnett. He was eligible to come off the DL on Tuesday. "No, not really," said Baker, when asked if he had made a decision. "We will talk about it." ... Steve Lombardozzi got the start for the second game in a row at third base and was hitting second in the order for the Nationals. Rookie Anthony Rendon had started the past four games at third for Washington after Ryan Zimmerman was placed on the DL with a hamstring injury. Washington manager Davey Johnson was asked if sitting Rendon will take away from his development. "I really like Anthony and he knows that," Johnson said. "Lombo has been playing good. I am trying to create a lineup that will feed off itself." ... Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos, on the DL since April 14 with a left hamstring strain, made his first rehab appearance for Double-A Harrisburg on Friday at the Bowie (Md.) Baysox, who play about 20 miles about from Nationals Park. He was the starting catcher and batted third in the lineup. He walked in his first at bat and flied out in his second against Bowie's Mike Wright ... Baker said pitcher Johnny Cueto, on the DL since April 15 (right lat muscle), is making progress. "He is working hard. He is probably in better shape now than when he went on the DL," Baker said of Cueto, who is eligible to come off the DL on Monday.
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