The Reds live and die by nail-biters in 2014. Cincinnati won their second one-run game in three days with a 2-1 win over the Nationals on Wednesday. After falling behind 1-0 early, the Reds (21-24) rallied behind two big base hits by Brayan Pena and Brandon Phillips in the fourth inning.
"We started coming through and getting hits, and it felt good," said Phillips. "We played with a lot of energy and really picked each other up."
With the Reds trailing before the fourth inning, Reds manager Bryan Price huddled the team together for an in-game pep talk.
Phillips said Price told the team, "Come on guys, you all know we can do this."
"I don't really want to talk about it," said Price. "We just got together and decided to make a rally."
Alfredo Simon (6-2) was phenomenal lasting seven innings, allowing five hits, one earned run and striking out six. Aroldis Chapman picked up his third save fanning two Nationals to close out the game.
"We had to go out there and show these guys we can really play," said Phillips who went 2-for-5 with an RBI.
It's the Reds' first series win in Washington D.C. since 2010. The game was delayed by rain in the top of the sixth for one hour and one minute.
The Reds now have a day off before hosting the Cardinals over the weekend.
"I'm looking forward to eating some bird meat," said Phillips on the field after the win.
Fun facts: the Reds are 8-11 in games decided by one run this season.
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