For eight innings, the Nationals' offense had been lulled to sleep by Johnny Cueto. It woke up on the first pitch of the ninth inning, which Ryan Zimmerman drilled to the Red Porch in center field.
From there, the Nationals pieced together a rally on a walk, a single and an error, and put themselves in position to steal a game from the Reds. But just as quickly as the rally got going, it died.
Wilson Ramos swung at the first pitch he saw from Francisco Cordero, grounding into a double play with the bases loaded to seal the Nationals' 2-1 loss to the Reds.
The game made a hard-luck loser out of Ross Detwiler, who struck out a career-high seven batters and allowed one run in six innings. The Nationals will try to win the series with Jordan Zimmermann on the mound tomorrow night.
More from the clubhouse in a little bit.