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Hanrahan threw six innings of one-hit ball, Jesus Flores homered and had two RBI, and the Nationals beat the Giants 4-1 on Saturday night.
Hanrahan (4-2) had surrendered nine runs in 2 2/3 innings -- his shortest of seven outings this season -- in his last start Aug. 26 at Colorado. Against the Giants, he allowed only Pedro Feliz's 17th homer of the season, walked one and struck out two.
"Of course, you want to get right back out there and prove that that's not you," said Hanrahan, who has half his major league victories against the Giants. "Obviously, the longer you wait, the more you've got to think about it. I tried to let it go as quick as possible."
Nationals manager Manny Acta saw marked contrasts in Hanrahan's two most recent outings. Against the Rockies, the right-hander logged 89 pitches and couldn't make it out of the third inning. Facing the Giants on Saturday, Hanrahan trusted his stuff, needing only 80 pitches to frustrate a veteran lineup before turning the game over to the bullpen.
"What a difference throwing strikes makes. ... A lot of first-pitch strikes, he was able to retire the left-handed hitters the whole night," Acta said. "That's an example right there. If he can throw the ball over the plate and be able to spot it, that's the result he's going to get a lot of times."
San Francisco's Barry Bonds, making his first appearance at RFK Stadium since hitting his 756th home run off Washington's Mike Bacsik on Aug. 7 at AT&T Park, went 0-for-4. A chorus of boos from the crowd of 30,221 -- and a smattering of cheers -- greeted Bonds each time he batted.
But Bonds wasn't the only hitter befuddled by the Nationals. San Francisco's only other hit was an eighth-inning, pinch single by Nate Schierholtz. Aside from Feliz's homer, the Giants only advanced one runner to second base.
"You know, you get shut down occasionally," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "Their guy was on tonight. It's a pretty simple game. If you get great pitching you're probably going to win the game."
Hanrahan no-hit the Giants for 4 2/3 innings -- allowing only a one-out walk to Omar Vizquel in the second -- before Feliz crushed a first-pitch fastball over the left-field wall.
The lead lasted only until the bottom of the inning, when Flores responded with his fourth home run, a leadoff shot to straightaway center off Jonathan Sanchez (1-3).
"I was surprised," Flores said. "It was a changeup and I was looking for it. I just tried to make a good swing."
Sanchez was recalled from Triple-A Fresno earlier in the day to start in place of Tim Lincecum, whose start was pushed to Tuesday in Denver. Sanchez departed during a two-run sixth, after he walked Austin Kearns and plunked Wily Mo Pena on the left knee.
"I felt pretty good. My changeup and fastball were working. I didn't throw many sliders. ... I wasn't that tired -- I was just trying to hit my spots," Sanchez said.
Scott Atchison relieved and loaded the bases on Ronnie Belliard's infield single to short before Flores followed with an RBI single to center. Pinch-hitter Ryan Church followed with a sacrifice fly to right.
Sanchez gave up three runs and six hits over 5 1/3 innings. He walked one and matched a career-high with seven strikeouts.
|Things are going the Nationals' way Saturday, as the ball finds a hole in the outfield. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|San Francisco Giants|
|Dave Roberts, CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.260|
|Ray Durham, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.220|
|Randy Winn, RF||3||0||0||0||1||1||0||.297|
|Barry Bonds, LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.277|
|Ryan Klesko, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.269|
|Bengie Molina, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.279|
|Pedro Feliz, 3B||3||1||1||1||0||0||0||.253|
|Omar Vizquel, SS||2||0||0||0||1||0||0||.245|
|Jonathan Sanchez, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.333|
|Scott Atchison, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Nate Schierholtz, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.341|
|Steve Kline, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-singled for Atchison in the 8th|
|HR - Pedro Feliz (17, Hanrahan)|
|RBI - Pedro Feliz (61)|
|2-OUT RBI - Pedro Feliz (32)|
|SB - Omar Vizquel (12, 2nd base off Hanrahan/Flores)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|E - Omar Vizquel (8, Misplayed grounder)|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Jonathan Sanchez (L,1-3)||5.1||6||3||3||1||7||1||5.27|
|HBP - Pena (by Jonathan Sanchez)|
|WP - Scott Atchison (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jonathan Sanchez 99-65, Scott Atchison 42-29, Steve Kline 14-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathan Sanchez 5-4, Scott Atchison 2-2|
|Batters Faced - Jonathan Sanchez 24, Scott Atchison 9, Steve Kline 3|
|Nook Logan, CF||4||0||1||0||0||1||4||.273|
|Felipe Lopez, SS||3||1||1||0||1||1||1||.241|
|Ryan Zimmerman, 3B||4||0||1||1||0||0||2||.269|
|Dmitri Young, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||2||2||.336|
|Jon Rauch, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chad Cordero, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Austin Kearns, RF||3||1||0||0||1||1||4||.263|
|Wily Mo Pena, LF||3||1||1||0||0||1||1||.222|
|Ronnie Belliard, 2B||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||.281|
|Jesus Flores, C||4||1||2||2||0||1||2||.250|
|Joel Hanrahan, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.273|
|a- Ryan Church, PH||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||.265|
|Ray King, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jesus Colome, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Robert Fick, 1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.205|
|a-hit a sacrifice fly for Hanrahan in the 6th|
|2B - Ryan Zimmerman (34, Atchison)|
|HR - Jesus Flores (4, Sanchez)|
|SF - Ryan Church (3)|
|SH - Joel Hanrahan (2)|
|RBI - Ryan Zimmerman (79), Jesus Flores 2 (21), Ryan Church (54)|
|CS - Ryan Zimmerman (1, 2nd base by Sanchez/Molina)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Joel Hanrahan (W,4-2)||6||1||1||1||1||2||1||5.14|
|Ray King (H,10)||0.2||0||0||0||1||1||0||4.54|
|Jesus Colome (H,10)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.50|
|Jon Rauch (H,23)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||3.91|
|Chad Cordero (S,29)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||3.23|
|Pitches-Strikes - Joel Hanrahan 80-54, Ray King 16-7, Jesus Colome 5-4, Jon Rauch 9-7, Chad Cordero 8-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joel Hanrahan 5-11, Ray King 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Joel Hanrahan 20, Ray King 3, Jesus Colome 1, Jon Rauch 4, Chad Cordero 3|
|Attendance - 30221|
|Game Time - 2:33|
|Temperature - 82|
|Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Randy Marsh|