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Nationals stay hot, finish winning trip

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PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates could not wait to see Jose Guillen leave Pittsburgh in 2000. Five years later, they feel much the same way.

Brian Schneider's softly hit go-ahead single in the eighth inning traveled barely 150 feet in a game featuring mostly long home runs, two by Guillen, and the Washington Nationals came back after squandering an early lead to beat the Pirates 5-4 Wednesday.

Guillen's second two-homer game in three days came as the teams combined for five homers in the first three innings, helping Pittsburgh take a 4-2 lead Josh Fogg couldn't hold.

Guillen, a former Pirates player cast off to Tampa Bay in a seemingly minor deal in 2000, went 8-for-14 with four homers, a double and six RBI as Washington took two of three in the series. He has four multihomer games this season and eight in his career.

Despite driving in 84 runs during a promising rookie season in 1997, Guillen was dealt after the Pirates wearied of his frequent bouts with immaturity and a sometimes casual approach to conditioning. Still, Pittsburgh remains one of Guillen's favorite stops in the majors.

"I like to come here and play -- it's always going to be a place where I like to come," Guillen said. "And I got some good pitches to hit."

As far as Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon is concerned, far too many.

"Knowing the young man as we do, knowing his strengths and weaknesses, it's really shameful we let him go out and dominate us ... we should be ashamed," McClendon said.

There was plenty of blame to go around in the Pirates' eighth loss in 10 games, especially after a botched pickoff of Guillen allowed Washington to tie it at 4 in the fifth.

Jamey Carroll was hit by Fogg's pitch and moved to third on Guillen's single. Fogg appeared to pick Guillen off first, but Guillen stayed in a rundown long enough for Carroll to score.

"It's one of those plays you practice 100 times in spring training," Fogg said. "It was a big run."

When shortstop Jack Wilson flipped the ball to first baseman Daryle Ward, Carroll gambled and took off.

"We talked about it the other day, that he's a left-handed first baseman and he's going to have to take the ball, turn, pivot and set his feet to throw," Carroll said. "I took a chance because I knew he had to spin and it would be a tough throw for him."

Hector Carrasco (3-1) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings for the victory. Mike Gonzalez (0-3) took the loss after walking Ryan Church and Junior Spivey with two outs in the eighth, ahead of Schneider's opposite-field single into short left field.

Humberto Cota nearly tied it with two outs in the ninth, but Church slammed into the left-field wall at the 378-foot mark to run down Cota's long drive.

"He made a great play," manager Frank Robinson said. "That won the ballgame right there."

The Nationals won their 18th in 23 games and completed a 5-4 road trip against the Angels, Rangers and Pirates.

Chad Cordero pitched the ninth inning for his 23rd save in 25 opportunities and his 20th in a row. Thirteen of his last 17 saves have come in one-run games, which the Nationals have dominated with a 15-5 record.

The comeback was nothing new, either, as 15 of the NL East leaders' last 19 victories came after they trailed.

Guillen homered and Church hit a run-scoring double in a two-run first, but the Pirates came back with Jason Bay's two-run homer off a left-field walkway and Rob Mackowiak's solo drive over the right-field seats estimated at 460 feet.

Matt Lawton hit his second homer in as many games in the second to make it 4-2, but Guillen hit his second in as many at-bats -- his 15th of the season -- an inning later.

All the Pirates' homers came off John Patterson, who struggled early before settling down to finish with 4 1/3 scoreless innings. The Nationals weren't certain until hours before game time that Patterson could start because of lower back stiffness.

Patterson gave up seven hits and four runs in 6 1/3 innings and Fogg seven hits and four runs in seven innings.

Notes

  • The Pirates have won only once in Fogg's last eight starts, a span in which he has six no-decisions.
  • Pittsburgh loaded the bases with one out in the seventh against Patterson, but Carrasco induced Tike Redman to ground into a force play at the plate and Bay to strike out.
  • Fogg has allowed 14 homers in 14 starts.
  • Bay's homer was his 13th, but only his second in 23 games.
  • The Pirates had won their last five series at home.
  • Guillen has five homers in seven games after going 17 games without homering.
 
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Jose Guillen fails to break up the double play toss of Jack Wilson, but he does finish with two HRs.  (AP)
Jose Guillen fails to break up the double play toss of Jack Wilson, but he does finish with two HRs. (AP)

Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

J. Bay
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Washington

J. Guillen
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 2
RBI 2
 
Washington Nationals
Brad Wilkerson, CF4000121 .275
Jamey Carroll, 3B4100022 .257
Jose Guillen, RF5242001 .303
Nick Johnson, 1B3110111 .321
Ryan Church, LF3111111 .325
Junior Spivey, 2B2020100 .237
Brian Schneider, C4011002 .265
Cristian Guzman, SS4000003 .205
John Patterson, P3000011 .059
    Hector Carrasco, P0000000 .000
   a- Carlos Baerga, PH1010000 .273
    Tony Blanco, PR0000000 .268
    Chad Cordero, P0000000 .000
Totals3351044712 
a-singled for Carrasco in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ryan Church (10, Fogg), Junior Spivey (10, Fogg)
HR - Jose Guillen 2 (15, Fogg, Fogg)
RBI - Jose Guillen 2 (41), Ryan Church (28), Brian Schneider (19)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Guillen 2 (12), Ryan Church (16), Brian Schneider (7)
CS - Jose Guillen (1, 2nd base by Fogg/Doumit)
Team LOB - 7
Washington Nationals
John Patterson 6.1744243 3.14
Hector Carrasco (W,3-1) 1.2000010 2.19
Chad Cordero (S,23) 1000010 1.00
Pitches-Strikes - John Patterson 116-75, Hector Carrasco 18-13, Chad Cordero 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Patterson 6-9, Hector Carrasco 3-1
Batters Faced - John Patterson 28, Hector Carrasco 5, Chad Cordero 3
Pittsburgh Pirates
Matt Lawton, RF4121010 .273
Tike Redman, CF4110003 .277
Jason Bay, LF4112013 .303
Daryle Ward, 1B4010010 .283
Rob Mackowiak, 3B4111001 .316
Ryan Doumit, C3000101 .250
    Rick White, P0000000 .000
Jose Castillo, 2B4010021 .264
Jack Wilson, SS3000010 .233
Josh Fogg, P2000000 .087
   a- Bobby Hill, PH0000100 .243
    Brian Meadows, P0000000 .000
    Mike Gonzalez, P0000000 .000
    Humberto Cota, C1000000 .244
Totals33474269 
a-walked for Fogg in the 7th
Batting
HR - Matt Lawton (9, Patterson), Jason Bay (13, Patterson), Rob Mackowiak (7, Patterson)
SH - Jack Wilson (8)
RBI - Matt Lawton (33), Jason Bay 2 (36), Rob Mackowiak (37)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Lawton (15), Rob Mackowiak (13)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Tike Redman 1
DP - Mackowiak-Ward, Castillo-J. Wilson-Ward
Pittsburgh Pirates
Josh Fogg 7744272 4.57
Brian Meadows0100000 5.46
Mike Gonzalez (L,0-3) 1111200 3.21
Rick White 1100000 2.55
HBP - Carroll (by Josh Fogg), Spivey (by Josh Fogg)
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Fogg 120-77, Brian Meadows 4-2, Mike Gonzalez 25-13, Rick White 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Fogg 6-5, Mike Gonzalez 1-1, Rick White 3-0
Batters Faced - Josh Fogg 29, Brian Meadows 1, Mike Gonzalez 5, Rick White 4
Game Information
Attendance - 24064
Game Time - 2:59
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Marty Foster, First Base - Kevin Kelley, Second Base - Lazaro Diaz, Third Base - Dana DeMuth