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Pittsburgh at Washington

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Pittsburgh (12-17) «00611021011121
Washington (12-18)001300000471

Pirates 11, Nationals 4

CBSSports.com wire reports
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WASHINGTON -- An electrical outage that interrupted Friday night's Pirates-Nationals game didn't do much to stop Jose Bautista.

He homered twice and drove in four runs to help Pittsburgh beat Washington 11-4, ending the Nationals' season-high four-game winning streak.

"He's been working awfully hard with the hitting coach (Don Long) to correct a couple of things we thought would make him better, and he's really stayed with it," Pirates manager John Russell said of Bautista. "He's gotten much better every game."

Bautista said Long's tweaks to his stance didn't give him more power, but provided a better foundation for success at the plate.

"With me, I think it's getting into a good hitting position on time and being able to hit the ball," he said. "A lot of times, I get into a good position, but then I miss my pitch. I've just got to make sure I can capitalize on them when I get them."

Ryan Doumit and Chris Gomez had two RBI apiece for the Pirates.

The game was delayed 25 minutes in the bottom of the fourth when rows of lights along the left- and right-field lines went dark. Umpires huddled with Nationals Park operations staff before the teams retreated to their dugouts to wait out the power failure.

Damaso Marte (2-0) pitched two hitless innings, and the Pirates bullpen gave up one hit in five innings.

Pittsburgh took a 6-0 lead in the third, sending nine men to the plate and breaking John Lannan's scoreless streak at a Nationals-record 21 innings.

"He just didn't have it. He's human," Washington manager Manny Acta said. "I'm not expecting him every five days to go out there and throw seven scoreless innings for us. His location just wasn't there."

Nate McLouth led off with a double and Jason Bay drew a one-out walk before consecutive run-scoring singles to center by Doumit and Xavier Nady. Doug Mientkiewicz followed with a slowly hit fielder's choice to short, but second baseman Felipe Lopez mishandled Cristian Guzman's throw and Doumit scored.

Bautista then ripped Lannan's 1-2 pitch over the center-field wall for his second homer of the season.

Lannan (2-3) left after allowing six runs -- five earned -- on six hits and two walks in three innings.

"I really didn't have anything on my slider, or anything else. They fouled off pitches, they battled and waited for a pitch to hit," Lannan said. "I made some mistakes and stunk today."

Lopez hit an RBI double in the third, but Doumit's run-scoring single in the fourth made it 7-1.

Pirates starter Phil Dumatrait retired the first eight hitters, but struggled after the lighting malfunction, which followed Ryan Zimmerman's leadoff infield single in the fourth. The left-hander allowed a one-out double to Lastings Milledge and walked Austin Kearns to load the bases, then allowed Wily Mo Pena's sacrifice fly and a two-run double by Wil Nieves.

Bidding for his first major league victory, Dumatrait was undone by the delay.

"I was throwing the ball pretty well and it took me out of the groove. ... Obviously, after the delay I wasn't as sharp," he said. "A couple times, I went down into the cage, tried to play catch and tried to stay loose."

Bautista added a fifth-inning solo homer off Mike O'Connor for his second career two-homer game.

Dumatrait went four innings, giving up four runs on six hits, walking one and striking out four.

Gomez added a two-run single in the seventh, making it 10-4. Bay had an RBI double in the eighth.

Notes

  • Bautista's other two-homer game came Aug. 25, 2007, for Pittsburgh at Houston.
  • Paul Lo Duca, activated off the 15-day DL by Washington before the game after missing time with a right hand contusion, singled in the third as a pinch hitter.
  • The electrical malfunction and the game's slow pace forced the cancellation of a postgame fireworks display. Nationals president Stan Kasten explained that an agreement with neighbors of Nationals Park precluded any fireworks from being launched after 11 p.m. Disappointed fans in the crowd of 26,001 chanted "We want fireworks" intermittently through the final two innings after being informed of the cancellation.
  • The victory was the 9,400th in the Pirates' 122-year history.
  • Playing for Triple-A Columbus on a rehab assignment, Nationals OF Elijah Dukes, on the 15-day DL with a right hamstring injury, was 3-for-4 with a two-run double and a stolen base.
 
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Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

J. Bautista
AB 4
R 3
H 2
HR 2
RBI 4
Pittsburgh

R. Doumit
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Pittsburgh Pirates
Nate McLouth, CF3320100 .339
Freddy Sanchez, 2B5000024 .222
Jason Bay, LF3121210 .255
    Tyler Yates, P0000000 .000
    Matt Capps, P0000000 .000
Ryan Doumit, C5132001 .366
Xavier Nady, RF3211213 .327
Doug Mientkiewicz, 1B5101004 .196
Jose Bautista, 3B4324101 .213
Chris Gomez, SS5022000 .265
Phil Dumatrait, P3000012 .000
    Damaso Marte, P0000000 .000
   a- Adam LaRoche, PH1000011 .167
    John Grabow, P0000000 .000
    Nyjer Morgan, LF1000010 .111
Totals3811121167  
a-struck out for Marte in the 7th
Batting
2B - Nate McLouth (13, Lannan), Jason Bay (2, Hanrahan)
HR - Jose Bautista 2 (3, Lannan, O'Connor)
RBI - Jason Bay (11), Ryan Doumit 2 (12), Xavier Nady (27), Doug Mientkiewicz (5), Jose Bautista 4 (12), Chris Gomez 2 (8)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Gomez 2 (5)
SB - Nate McLouth (3, 2nd base off O'Connor/Nieves)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Freddy Sanchez (5, Throwing)
Pittsburgh Pirates
Phil Dumatrait 4644140 4.74
Damaso Marte (W,2-0) 2000010 5.79
John Grabow 1000000 0.60
Tyler Yates 1000000 3.95
Matt Capps 1100000 2.13
Pitches-Strikes - Phil Dumatrait 66-42, Damaso Marte 16-11, John Grabow 12-7, Tyler Yates 16-10, Matt Capps 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Phil Dumatrait 2-6, Damaso Marte 1-4, John Grabow 1-2, Tyler Yates 2-1, Matt Capps 2-1
Batters Faced - Phil Dumatrait 19, Damaso Marte 6, John Grabow 3, Tyler Yates 3, Matt Capps 4
Washington Nationals
Felipe Lopez, 2B-LF4021000 .273
Cristian Guzman, SS4000002 .283
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4110001 .226
    Jesus Colome, P0000000 .000
Nick Johnson, 1B4000012 .207
Lastings Milledge, CF4110000 .264
Austin Kearns, RF3100120 .189
Wily Mo Pena, LF2001000 .196
    Joel Hanrahan, P0000000 .000
    Willie Harris, 2B1010000 .189
Wil Nieves, C4012011 .379
John Lannan, P0000000 .000
   a- Paul Lo Duca, PH1110000 .222
    Mike O'Connor, P1000011 .000
    Aaron Boone, 2B-3B1000000 .250
Totals3347415  
a-singled for Lannan in the 3rd
Batting
2B - Felipe Lopez (3, Dumatrait), Lastings Milledge (9, Dumatrait), Wil Nieves (1, Dumatrait)
SF - Wily Mo Pena (1)
RBI - Felipe Lopez (11), Wily Mo Pena (3), Wil Nieves 2 (8)
2-OUT RBI - Felipe Lopez (5), Wil Nieves 2 (3)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - F. Lopez-Guzman-N. Johnson, Zimmerman-F. Lopez-N. Johnson
E - Felipe Lopez (3, Missed catch of throw)
Washington Nationals
John Lannan (L,2-3) 3665201 3.74
Mike O'Connor 3.2344331 7.71
Joel Hanrahan 1.1311130 5.40
Jesus Colome 1000010 3.24
HBP - McLouth (by John Lannan)
WP - John Lannan (1), Mike O'Connor (1), Joel Hanrahan (3)
Pitches-Strikes - John Lannan 85-53, Mike O'Connor 54-33, Joel Hanrahan 29-17, Jesus Colome 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lannan 7-2, Mike O'Connor 2-5
Batters Faced - John Lannan 18, Mike O'Connor 16, Joel Hanrahan 8, Jesus Colome 3
Game Information
Attendance - 26001
Game Time - 2:56
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Field Culbreth, First Base - Jim Reynolds, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom