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Nats come on strong, swat past O's with three home runs

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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BALTIMORE -- After Daniel Cabrera experienced difficulty in getting the third out during a frustrating performance, Chad Cordero needed only seven pitches to record the game's final two outs and earn a milestone save.

The Washington Nationals hit three home runs off Cabrera, and Cordero notched his 100th career save in a 7-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night.

Ryan Church hit a solo shot, and Ryan Zimmerman and Brian Schneider both connected with a man on for the Nationals. Felipe Lopez ended an 0-for-19 skid with a two-run double and received three of the 10 walks allowed by Baltimore pitchers.

Cabrera (5-7) gave up seven runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings, matching his shortest appearance of the season. Three of his four walks turned into runs, and the right-hander permitted six runs after getting two outs.

"I don't try to be too fine. I throw a close pitch, I don't get (the call), that's when I walk the guys," he said. "The home runs come after that."

Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo lamented, "He couldn't finish an inning off."

Cordero showed how to do it in the ninth. After Miguel Tejada led off against Jesus Colome with his seventh homer, Aubrey Huff hit a single and Jay Payton grounded out before Melvin Mora walked.

Cordero entered and induced pinch-hitter Paul Bako to hit into a double play for his ninth save. The 25-year-old is the second-youngest player in baseball history to get 100 saves, behind only Francisco Rodriguez of the Los Angeles Angels.

Cordero is the sixth player in franchise history to reach the century mark, making Montreal-Washington the first major league club to have that many pitchers with 100 career saves since the statistic was first recognized in 1969.

Nationals starter Micah Bowie (3-2) allowed three runs and three hits in six innings. Since leaving the bullpen to replace injured Jerome Williams in the starting rotation, Bowie is 3-0 in five starts, and the Nationals are 5-0 in those games.

"To go from being a short reliever to being a starter and to be effective at this level, well, it's something," Bowie said. "If I can keep us in the game and we can keep getting wins, I'm doing my job."

Mora hit a three-run homer for the Orioles, who have lost eight of 10. Baltimore managed only three hits until the ninth inning.

Cabrera had surrendered eight home runs in 84 1/3 innings before yielding three to the Nationals, tying a career high. In two career games against Washington, the right-hander is 0-2 with a 9.75 ERA.

"He had three innings where he had two outs and nobody on and he gave up six runs," Perlozzo said. "When you have two outs and nobody on, you still have to attack the hitter."

Church put the Nationals up 1-0 in the second with his seventh homer, a drive that landed in the front rows of the left-field seats.

Asked where the ball would have landed in cavernous RFK Stadium, Church replied, "behind the shortstop."

In the bottom half, Mora connected after singles by Huff and Payton.

Washington tied it in the third. Cabrera retired the first two batters before Lopez drew a walk and Zimmerman homered on a 2-1 pitch.

In the fourth, Cabrera again got two outs before running into trouble. Ryan Langerhans singled and Cristian Guzman walked before Lopez lined a two-run double to left.

"We're always pushing these guys on the bench to get a two-out rally together because we weren't able to do it earlier in the year," Nationals manager Manny Acta said. "Tonight we got some runs, and a lot of them with two outs. Two-out hits and two-out runs paid off for us."

The pattern continued in the fifth. Cabrera retired two batters, then walked Church on four pitches. After Orioles pitching coach Leo Mazzone came to the mound in an effort to calm down Cabrera, Schneider hit the next pitch into the bleacher seats in right.

That was the last of Cabrera's 108 pitches, 49 of which missed the strike zone.

Notes

  • Guzman was 24-for-48 over an 11-game stretch before going 0-for-4 with a walk.
  • Baltimore fell six games under .500 (29-35), matching a season high.
  • With a win in one of the next two games, the Nationals will win a fourth straight road series in a season for the first time since 2001, when the franchise was in Montreal.
 
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Brian Schneider (right) celebrates his two-run homer vs. the O's with Ryan Church and Robert Fick.  (AP)
Brian Schneider (right) celebrates his two-run homer vs. the O's with Ryan Church and Robert Fick. (AP)

Players of the Game
Washington

R. Zimmerman
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Washington

B. Schneider
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Washington Nationals
Cristian Guzman, SS4100120 .336
Felipe Lopez, 2B2112300 .233
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4122102 .247
Dmitri Young, DH5010004 .339
Austin Kearns, RF5010010 .248
Ryan Church, LF3211102 .270
    Nook Logan, CF0000100 .230
Brian Schneider, C4122100 .242
Robert Fick, 1B4000112 .186
Ryan Langerhans, CF-LF4110021 .150
Totals3579796  
Batting
2B - Felipe Lopez (13, Cabrera)
HR - Ryan Zimmerman (10, Cabrera), Ryan Church (7, Cabrera), Brian Schneider (4, Cabrera)
RBI - Felipe Lopez 2 (23), Ryan Zimmerman 2 (37), Ryan Church (30), Brian Schneider 2 (27)
2-OUT RBI - Felipe Lopez 2 (6), Ryan Zimmerman 2 (15), Brian Schneider 2 (5)
SB - Ryan Langerhans (1, 2nd base off Cabrera/Castillo)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - F. Lopez-Guzman-Fick, Zimmerman-F. Lopez-Fick, Guzman-F. Lopez-Fick
E - Ryan Church (2, Dropped fly)
Washington Nationals
Micah Bowie (W,3-2) 6333221 3.89
Saul Rivera 1000100 3.57
Jon Rauch 1000000 5.40
Jesus Colome 0.1211101 2.41
Chad Cordero (S,9) 0.2000000 2.70
HBP - Gibbons (by Micah Bowie)
Pitches-Strikes - Micah Bowie 92-54, Saul Rivera 9-4, Jon Rauch 15-10, Jesus Colome 17-10, Chad Cordero 7-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Micah Bowie 10-5, Saul Rivera 1-2, Jon Rauch 2-1, Jesus Colome 1-0, Chad Cordero 1-0
Batters Faced - Micah Bowie 23, Saul Rivera 4, Jon Rauch 3, Jesus Colome 4, Chad Cordero 1
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B3000100 .320
Chris Gomez, 1B4000001 .255
Nick Markakis, RF4000010 .263
Miguel Tejada, SS4111001 .301
Aubrey Huff, DH3120101 .264
Jay Payton, CF-LF4110011 .275
Melvin Mora, 3B3113101 .243
Jay Gibbons, LF1000100 .210
    Paul Bako, C1000001 .230
Alberto Castillo, C2000001 .160
   a- Corey Patterson, PH-CF1000001 .209
Totals3045442  
a-grounded out for Castillo in the 7th
Batting
HR - Miguel Tejada (7, Colome), Melvin Mora (8, Bowie)
RBI - Miguel Tejada (34), Melvin Mora 3 (30)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - B. Roberts-Tejada-Gomez
Baltimore Orioles
Daniel Cabrera (L,5-7) 4.2777443 5.16
Brian Burres 1.1000220 2.80
John Parrish 1000100 5.55
Scott Williamson 1100100 2.25
Danys Baez 1100100 6.11
WP - Brian Burres (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Daniel Cabrera 108-59, Brian Burres 29-14, John Parrish 18-9, Scott Williamson 12-6, Danys Baez 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Daniel Cabrera 6-4, John Parrish 2-1, Scott Williamson 2-1, Danys Baez 1-1
Batters Faced - Daniel Cabrera 25, Brian Burres 6, John Parrish 4, Scott Williamson 5, Danys Baez 4
Game Information
Attendance - 21151
Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Ed Montague