Leake Strong As Reds Beat Nats

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rookie Mike Leake allowed an unearned run over

seven innings to remain unbeaten and the Cincinnati Reds defeated

the Washington Nationals 5-1 on Saturday night.

Leake (5-0) allowed seven hits, walked none and struck out five,

becoming the first pitcher in Reds history to go undefeated after

11 major league starts. The right-hander is the first Cincinnati

starting pitcher to win his first five decisions since Santo Alcala

in 1976.

He also singled twice in three at-bats, raising his average to


The Reds used RBI doubles by Joey Votto and Orlando Cabrera and

run-scoring singles by Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce to break a

two-game skid.

Washington's Luis Atilano (5-2) gave up two runs - one earned -

and six hits in seven innings.

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