MLB: Washington 2, Cincinnati 1

May 12, 2012 at 11:29 PM

CINCINNATI, May 12 (UPI) -- Jordan Zimmerman and a pair of relievers held Cincinnati to five hits Saturday, propelling the first-place Washington Nationals to a 2-1 win.

Zimmerman (2-3), who logged his first win since April 25, mostly baffled the Reds for seven innings. The right-hander scattered five hits and a walk and struck out nine, allowing just one Cincinnati runner to reach home.

Tyler Clippard tossed a scoreless eighth and Henry Rodriguez struck out the side in the ninth for his eighth save as the Nats improved to 21-12 and maintained their half-game lead over Atlanta atop the National League East.

Danny Espinoza and Wilson Ramos each cracked solo homers to account for Washington's offense.

Jose Arredondo (2-1) was saddled with the loss after allowing Ramos' tie-breaking shot in the sixth.

Brandon Phillips got the only RBI for Cincinnati, which fell for the third time in four games.

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