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Preview: Nationals (96-66) at Reds (76-86)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 3
Venue: Great American Ball Park
Date: July 27, 2014 1:10 PM EDT
  

Though their lengthy skid has ended, the Cincinnati Reds still must find a way to produce at the plate.

The Reds could have a rough time ending their offensive struggles Sunday against Doug Fister and the visiting Washington Nationals.

Johnny Cueto allowed four hits and struck out nine in seven innings and Brayan Pena delivered a RBI single in the fifth Saturday as Cincinnati (52-51) snapped a seven-game slide with a 1-0 victory.

'You've heard me talk about how teams go through stretches like this,' manager Bryan Price said. 'You hope it's not in September where it takes you out of the race. This one didn't, but I'm sure everybody in this building is feeling a lot better.'

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Though the Reds finally earned their first win since the All-Star break, they've been held to one run in three straight contests and are batting .174 with 70 strikeouts while totaling 14 runs in the last eight games.

All-Star Todd Frazier is 1 for 17 with six strikeouts in five games while Jay Bruce is 2 for 28 with 11 in his last eight contests. Shortstop Zack Cozart, meanwhile, is mired in an 0-for-20 slump.

Things might not get any easier against Fister (9-2, 2.92 ERA), who allowed two runs in seven innings of a 9-4 victory over the Reds on May 20.

The right-hander's been just as tough while going 4-0 with a 2.67 ERA in his last five outings. He overcame nine hits and allowed two runs in 5 2-3 innings of a 7-2 win at Colorado on Monday.

"He's got good command and pitches to the bottom of the zone and the edge of the plate," Rockies manager Walt Weiss told MLB's official website.

The Reds counter with Mat Latos (2-2, 3.15), who has received three runs of support while going 0-1 with a 5.25 ERA in his last two starts. The right-hander gave up five runs in seven innings of a 5-2 loss at Milwaukee on Monday.

"You can't fault the guys for trying," Latos said. "It all boils down to me not executing pitches."

Latos is 3-1 with a 2.34 ERA in six starts against the NL East-leading Nationals (56-45), but has not faced them 2012.

Ian Desmond and Adam LaRoche are batting a combined .333 (8 for 24) against Latos, but went 0 for 7 on Saturday as Washington lost for the second time in three games since winning four straight and six of seven.

The Nationals hurt themselves on the bases when Bryce Harper got doubled up on a fly out in the second inning and was retired in a rundown after going too far around second base in the seventh.

"It's part of our DNA,' manager Matt Williams said. 'We're going to be aggressive. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it bites you. You can't change the way we play. It's aggressive by nature."

With half of the Nationals' four hits Saturday, catcher Wilson Ramos is 10 for 22 in his last five games and batting .373 in his last 21 contests. He's hitting .370 (10 for 27) in seven games at Cincinnati.

Ramos is 1 for 4 with a homer and two walks versus Latos.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Nationals at Reds
Fri, Jul 25 Final 4 to 1
 Boxscores  •  Recaps
GAME 2
Nationals at Reds
Sat, Jul 26 Final 0 to 1
 Boxscores  •  Recaps
GAME 3
Nationals at Reds
Sun, Jul 27 Final 4 to 2
 Boxscores  •  Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 WAS  -126   +130   7.5 
 CIN  +116   -150   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 WAS  -130   +135   7.5 
 CIN  +120   -155   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 WAS  75%   64%   44% 
 CIN  25%   36%   56% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Jul 26, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 WAS 0 Under: 1 
 CIN « 1 Cover: +100 
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 Jul 25, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 WAS « 4 Cover: +100 
 CIN 1 Under: 5 
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 May 21, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 CIN « 2 Cover: +130 
 WAS 1 Under: 3 
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 May 20, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 CIN 4 Over: 13 
 WAS « 9 Cover: +100 
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 May 19, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 CIN « 4 Cover: +160 
 WAS 3 Over: 7 
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 MLB PREVIEWS
 Sunday, Jul 27
 
  •  Blue Jays at Yankees
1:05 PM EDT
  •  Nationals at Reds
1:10 PM EDT
  •  Diamondbacks at Phillies
1:35 PM EDT
  •  Red Sox at Rays
1:40 PM EDT
  •  Indians at Royals
2:10 PM EDT
  •  Mets at Brewers
2:10 PM EDT
  •  White Sox at Twins
2:10 PM EDT
  •  Marlins at Astros
2:10 PM EDT
  •  Cardinals at Cubs
2:20 PM EDT
  •  Tigers at Angels
3:35 PM EDT
  •  Orioles at Mariners
4:10 PM EDT
  •  Pirates at Rockies
4:10 PM EDT
  •  Padres at Braves
5:05 PM EDT
  •  Athletics at Rangers
7:05 PM EDT
  •  Dodgers at Giants
8:05 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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