WASHINGTON -- One day after his six-game hitting streak to start the season ended with an 0-for-5 vs. Washington, shortstop Zack Cozart was not in the starting lineup Friday for the first time in 2012. Wilson Valdez started at shortstop for Cincinnati in the second game of the series. Cozart entered Friday night batting .370 with one home run and two RBIs, and he did enter the 13-inning, 2-1 loss as a pinch-hitter in the 12th, and stayed on to play shortstop. Cozart popped out on a sacrifice bunt attempt with a man on second and no outs in the 12th.
"He's been playing every day, running the bases and doing a great job," Reds manager Dusty Baker said before the game. "He'll be back in there [Saturday]."Valdez made his third straight start after playing the previous two games at second base for an injured Brandon Phillips. "He's pretty good at all of [the positions]," Baker said. "He's played second base and at center field. That's why we've got him."