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Flores' walk-off single pushes injury-riddled Nationals past Angels

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WASHINGTON -- Jesus Flores struck out three times while going hitless in his first four at-bats Wednesday night, flailing at pitches outside the strike zone.

His final time up, he waited for a good one and turned his night around.

Flores lined an RBI single to right-center with one out in the bottom of the ninth to give the Washington Nationals a 5-4 victory against the Los Angeles Angels.

Flores struck out in his first two at-bats before grounding to short with runners at second and third and no outs in the sixth. He then struck out with the bases loaded and no outs in the seventh before getting the game-winning hit off Scot Shields (3-2).

"After having bad at-bats before, I tried to calm down myself a little bit because I know I was swinging at a lot of bad pitches," Flores said. "In that situation right there, I just prepared myself to look for that pitch and was glad that he just left it there."

Washington manager Manny Acta was impressed with his young catchers' composure in tense situations.

"He doesn't get rattled," Acta said. "He doesn't care who he's facing or the situation. He's got a tremendous knowledge of the strike zone (and) that gives him a chance."

Elijah Dukes began the ninth with a single to center and moved to second when Lastings Milledge grounded to third. Flores then lined a shot to right-center that scored Dukes easily.

Shields has pitched well this season (2.53 ERA), but said he just didn't have it.

"They've got some pretty good young talent there," Shields said. "They got me today."

The Nationals snapped a four-game losing streak and ended the Angels' five-game winning streak. Each of Washington's past four victories at home have come in its last at-bat.

It's one of the few things that has gone right lately for the injury-riddled Nationals, who have seven players on the disabled list. They had lost seven of eight and blew a two-run lead late against the Angels.

Closer Jon Rauch (4-1) threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings and got the victory. He retired all five batters he faced.

Washington's Aaron Boone got his 1,000th career hit on an infield single in the eighth inning, becoming the fourth member of his family to reach that mark in the majors. His grandfather Ray (1,260 hits), father Bob (1,838) and brother Bret (1,775) all got there, too.

Milledge gave Washington a 2-0 lead with a two-run homer in the first. That hit ended the center fielder's 0-for-14 skid. He finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

Gary Matthews Jr. cut the Nationals' lead in half with an RBI double off Washington starter Tim Redding in the second.

Casey Kotchman tied it in third with an RBI single -- the team's fourth consecutive hit. Howie Kendrick then followed with a fly ball to right, but Dukes ended the inning by easily throwing out Garret Anderson at home.

"I thought it was the right play," Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia said. "He caught it flat-footed, (but) he just came up and made a good throw."

The Nationals took a 4-2 lead in the sixth when Ronnie Belliard drew a bases-loaded walk off starter Ervin Santana, and Wily Mo Pena followed with an RBI single. But the Angels tied it in the eighth on Kotchman's RBI double and Kendrick's sacrifice fly.

Notes

  • Redding has seven consecutive no-decisions.
  • Los Angeles RHP Kelvim Escobar, who has missed the entire season with a torn labrum, threw two innings on Wednesday in the Arizona Summer League.
  • Angels SS Maicer Izturis missed his fourth game with a strained hamstring.
  • OF Vladimir Guerrero sat out after leaving the game Tuesday early with flu-like symptoms.
 
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Jesus Flores lines a single with one out in the ninth to drive home the winner for Washington. (AP)
Jesus Flores lines a single with one out in the ninth to drive home the winner for Washington. (AP)

Players of the Game
Washington

L. Milledge
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Anaheim

C. Kotchman
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, 3B5000000 .303
Erick Aybar, SS4220000 .277
Garret Anderson, LF4110000 .254
Torii Hunter, CF4120012 .282
Casey Kotchman, 1B4022001 .300
Howie Kendrick, 2B3011003 .318
Gary Matthews Jr., RF4011012 .244
    Scot Shields, P0000000 .000
Jeff Mathis, C3000120 .220
Ervin Santana, P2000012 .000
   a- Reggie Willits, PH1000000 .172
    Justin Speier, P0000000 .000
    Robb Quinlan, RF1000000 .279
Totals3549415  
a-grounded out for Santana in the 7th
Batting
2B - Casey Kotchman (16, Ayala), Gary Matthews Jr. (10, Redding)
SF - Howie Kendrick (2)
RBI - Casey Kotchman 2 (38), Howie Kendrick (15), Gary Matthews Jr. (33)
2-OUT RBI - Gary Matthews Jr. (13)
Team LOB - 6
Los Angeles Angels
Ervin Santana 6444581 3.32
Justin Speier 1200110 4.75
Scot Shields (L,3-2) 1.1311010 2.53
IBB - Young by Ervin Santana
Pitches-Strikes - Ervin Santana 100-68, Justin Speier 25-15, Scot Shields 28-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ervin Santana 8-2, Justin Speier 1-1, Scot Shields 2-1
Batters Faced - Ervin Santana 27, Justin Speier 6, Scot Shields 7
Washington Nationals
Cristian Guzman, SS4110102 .311
Elijah Dukes, RF3220211 .264
Lastings Milledge, CF4222111 .239
Jesus Flores, C5011035 .294
Dmitri Young, 1B3000113 .265
    Luis Ayala, P0000000 .000
    Jon Rauch, P0000000 .000
Ronnie Belliard, 3B3001103 .212
Wily Mo Pena, LF3021000 .219
    Pete Orr, 2B1000000 .000
Willie Harris, 2B-LF4000024 .173
Tim Redding, P1000010 .115
   a- Kory Casto, PH1000013 .195
    Saul Rivera, P0000000 .000
    Aaron Boone, 1B1010000 .269
Totals33595610  
a-struck out for Redding in the 6th
Batting
HR - Lastings Milledge (7, Santana)
SH - Tim Redding (8)
RBI - Lastings Milledge 2 (30), Jesus Flores (28), Ronnie Belliard (18), Wily Mo Pena (10)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Elijah Dukes 1
DP - Dukes-Flores
E - Pete Orr (1, Misplayed grounder)
Washington Nationals
Tim Redding 6722120 4.05
Saul Rivera (H,10) 1000010 3.83
Luis Ayala (H,17) 0.1221000 5.72
Jon Rauch (BS,4; W,4-1) 1.2000020 2.29
IBB - Mathis by Tim Redding
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Redding 84-54, Saul Rivera 10-7, Luis Ayala 19-13, Jon Rauch 29-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Redding 7-8, Saul Rivera 2-0, Luis Ayala 1-1, Jon Rauch 1-2
Batters Faced - Tim Redding 25, Saul Rivera 3, Luis Ayala 4, Jon Rauch 5
Game Information
Attendance - 29180
Game Time - 2:41
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Chad Fairchild, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Jeff Kellogg, Third Base - Rob Drake