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Bacsik leads way as Nats blank Rockies on combined 3-hitter

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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WASHINGTON -- Mike Bacsik soaked up the standing ovation as he strode off the field. It had been a while since he had been cheered like this.

Bacsik pitched into the seventh inning and surrendered only three hits, and the Washington Nationals beat the Colorado Rockies 3-0 on Saturday.

Bacsik (3-6) was 1-6 in his last nine starts but tamed the Rockies by holding them to only one hit after the first inning. He pitched 6 2/3 innings, striking out one and walking three for his second win since May 24.

"It was a fun day," Bacsik said with a wide smile.

Felipe Lopez homered and pinch-hitter Tony Batista singled to drive in two runs in the seventh. That was enough for Bacsik and the Nationals' bullpen.

Relievers Saul Rivera, Luis Ayala and Chad Cordero retired the final seven batters to preserve the three-hitter. Cordero recorded his 18th save.

As the afternoon shadows crept out in front of home plate and affected hitters, Nationals manager Manny Acta felt more and more comfortable with the lead.

"If you've got a good bullpen, you've got a pretty good chance of nailing it down," Acta said.

Lopez spoiled a solid performance by Colorado starter Rodrigo Lopez.

With one out in the sixth, Felipe Lopez hit a 3-2, two-seam fastball over the 380-feet marker on the right-field fence for his fifth homer of the season. Lopez last homered on July 8 to end a homerless streak of 152 at-bats.

Rodrigo Lopez (5-3) has been brilliant at Coors Field this season (5-0, 3.55 ERA) but has struggled on the road, where he is 0-3.

He retired 14 of the first 15 batters he faced, but Washington eventually broke through. Lopez went six innings, surrendered five hits, one walk and struck out three.

"I don't know what it is about it," Lopez said of his road woes. "We've got the home-field advantage when we're at home, but I'm not trying to see it that way. I try to go out there and pitch my game and try to win every time I go out there. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to win on the road."

The Rockies' offense didn't help his cause and slumped to 0-for-16 in the series with runners in scoring position.

Lopez gave up a leadoff double to Ryan Church in the seventh before walking Austin Kearns. After a sacrifice bunt by D'Angelo Jimenez, a groundout by Brian Schneider and intentional walk to pinch-hitter Dmitri Young, Batista drove in Church and Kearns with a groundball through the left side that made the score 3-0.

"I was just looking for my pitch -- an inside pitch -- and try to hit it hard," Batista said. "And luckily it happened."

Bacsik gave up two hits to start the game but got out of trouble thanks to a double play and flyout.

Colorado also threatened in the seventh, when Bacsik walked Todd Helton with one out and Ryan Spilborghs with two outs. But Ayala came on to fan Troy Tulowitzki and end the inning.

"There were some good pitches in some key situations," Bacsik said. "I didn't throw the ball great today. I got behind on some hitters, but I was able to battle and make pitches when I had to behind in the count."

Notes

  • Washington has scored three or fewer runs in 33 of 97 (34 percent) games this season. The Nationals are 3-30 in those games.
  • Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman has hit safely in 16 of his last 18 games.
  • Colorado CF Willy Taveras led off the game with his major league-leading 30th bunt single.
 
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Mike Bacsik earns his second win since May 24, giving up all three hits over 6 2/3 innings.  (AP)
Mike Bacsik earns his second win since May 24, giving up all three hits over 6 2/3 innings. (AP)

Players of the Game
Washington

M. Bacsik
IP 6.2
H 3
ER 0
BB 3
K 1
Washington

F. Lopez
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Colorado Rockies
Willy Taveras, CF4010000 .320
Jamey Carroll, 2B3010001 .236
   a- Kaz Matsui, PH1000000 .291
Matt Holliday, LF4000011 .330
Todd Helton, 1B3000101 .305
Garrett Atkins, 3B3000001 .252
Ryan Spilborghs, RF1000200 .315
Troy Tulowitzki, SS3000013 .282
Yorvit Torrealba, C3010000 .267
Rodrigo Lopez, P2000011 .050
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
   b- Cory Sullivan, PH1000010 .351
    Ramon Ramirez, P0000000 .000
Totals2803034  
a-flied out for Carroll in the 9th
b-struck out for Affeldt in the 8th
Colorado Rockies
Rodrigo Lopez (L,5-3) 6533131 4.46
Jeremy Affeldt 1100110 2.90
Ramon Ramirez 1000000 9.45
IBB - Young by Jeremy Affeldt
Pitches-Strikes - Rodrigo Lopez 84-53, Jeremy Affeldt 20-11, Ramon Ramirez 8-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rodrigo Lopez 5-9, Jeremy Affeldt 2-0, Ramon Ramirez 1-2
Batters Faced - Rodrigo Lopez 23, Jeremy Affeldt 5, Ramon Ramirez 3
Washington Nationals
Felipe Lopez, SS4111023 .239
Ronnie Belliard, 2B4000000 .302
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4010010 .258
Ryan Church, LF4110001 .262
Austin Kearns, RF2100100 .249
Robert Fick, 1B2000000 .209
   a- D'Angelo Jimenez, PH0000000 .077
    Saul Rivera, P0000000 .000
    Chad Cordero, P0000000 .000
Brian Schneider, C3020002 .232
Nook Logan, CF2000002 .215
   b- Dmitri Young, PH0000100 .340
    Ryan Langerhans, PR-CF0000000 .163
Mike Bacsik Jr., P2000011 .063
    Luis Ayala, P0000000 .000
   c- Tony Batista, PH-1B1012000 .239
Totals2836324  
a-hit a sacrifice bunt for Fick in the 7th
b-was walked intentionally for Logan in the 7th
c-singled for Ayala in the 7th
Batting
2B - Ryan Zimmerman (21, Lopez), Ryan Church (29, Lopez), Brian Schneider (11, Lopez)
HR - Felipe Lopez (5, Lopez)
SH - D'Angelo Jimenez (3)
RBI - Felipe Lopez (36), Tony Batista 2 (8)
2-OUT RBI - Tony Batista 2 (3)
PK - Ryan Zimmerman (1, Lopez)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - F. Lopez-Belliard-Fick, F. Lopez-Belliard-Fick
Washington Nationals
Mike Bacsik Jr. (W,3-6) 6.2300310 4.39
Luis Ayala (H,2) 0.1000010 3.18
Saul Rivera (H,12) 1000010 3.47
Chad Cordero (S,18) 1000010 2.68
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Bacsik Jr. 98-53, Luis Ayala 6-3, Saul Rivera 12-10, Chad Cordero 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Bacsik Jr. 8-9, Saul Rivera 2-0
Batters Faced - Mike Bacsik Jr. 24, Luis Ayala 1, Saul Rivera 3, Chad Cordero 3
Game Information
Attendance - 31674
Game Time - 2:27
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Adrian Johnson, First Base - Jim Joyce, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Tim Tschida