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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 (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.
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.
"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."
|Mike Bacsik earns his second win since May 24, giving up all three hits over 6 2/3 innings. (AP)|
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|Willy Taveras, CF||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.320|
|Jamey Carroll, 2B||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.236|
|a- Kaz Matsui, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.291|
|Matt Holliday, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.330|
|Todd Helton, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.305|
|Garrett Atkins, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.252|
|Ryan Spilborghs, RF||1||0||0||0||2||0||0||.315|
|Troy Tulowitzki, SS||3||0||0||0||0||1||3||.282|
|Yorvit Torrealba, C||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.267|
|Rodrigo Lopez, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.050|
|Jeremy Affeldt, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Cory Sullivan, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.351|
|Ramon Ramirez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-flied out for Carroll in the 9th|
|b-struck out for Affeldt in the 8th|
|Rodrigo Lopez (L,5-3)||6||5||3||3||1||3||1||4.46|
|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|
|Felipe Lopez, SS||4||1||1||1||0||2||3||.239|
|Ronnie Belliard, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.302|
|Ryan Zimmerman, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.258|
|Ryan Church, LF||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.262|
|Austin Kearns, RF||2||1||0||0||1||0||0||.249|
|Robert Fick, 1B||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.209|
|a- D'Angelo Jimenez, PH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.077|
|Saul Rivera, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chad Cordero, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brian Schneider, C||3||0||2||0||0||0||2||.232|
|Nook Logan, CF||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.215|
|b- Dmitri Young, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.340|
|Ryan Langerhans, PR-CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.163|
|Mike Bacsik Jr., P||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.063|
|Luis Ayala, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Tony Batista, PH-1B||1||0||1||2||0||0||0||.239|
|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|
|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|
|DP - F. Lopez-Belliard-Fick, F. Lopez-Belliard-Fick|
|Mike Bacsik Jr. (W,3-6)||6.2||3||0||0||3||1||0||4.39|
|Luis Ayala (H,2)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||3.18|
|Saul Rivera (H,12)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||3.47|
|Chad Cordero (S,18)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||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|
|Attendance - 31674|
|Game Time - 2:27|
|Temperature - 83|
|Umpires - Home - Adrian Johnson, First Base - Jim Joyce, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Tim Tschida|