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Milledge homers twice, lifts Nationals past Rockies in Game 1

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DENVER -- Jeff Francis hoped to get his season turned around Thursday. Lastings Milledge spoiled that plan.

Milledge homered twice and drove in a career-high four runs, and Jason Bergmann earned his first win in nearly three months to help the Washington Nationals beat the Colorado Rockies 6-3 in the first game of a doubleheader.

It was Milledge's second multihomer game. The other one came on Sept. 29 last year with the New York Mets.

"He got himself into a good count, got a pitch he could hit, and hammered it both times," Nationals manager Manny Acta said.

Bergmann (2-8) gave up one run and seven hits in seven-plus innings. He struck out seven and walked two.

"He did a fantastic job for us, especially in this ballpark, with their lineup," Acta said.

Bergmann had a shutout going until Matt Holliday led off the eighth with his 22nd homer.

"He kept the ball down, he kept it out of the middle of the plate and his curveball was extremely effective," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said.

Yorvit Torrealba hit a two-run homer off Washington reliever Steven Shell in the ninth. Joel Hanrahan came on and gave up a single to Cory Sullivan, then retired the next three batters for his second save.

Francis (3-8) took the loss in his first start since June 28 in Detroit. The left-hander came off the disabled list Wednesday and wanted to start over after a rough beginning to the season, but he gave up five runs on eight hits and struck out three in 5 1/3 innings.

He started strong Thursday, but ran into trouble in the fifth and sixth.

"I thought I was throwing my fastball down pretty consistently and got some groundball outs," Francis said. "The fifth and sixth inning, I was leaving some balls up."

Francis faced the minimum through three innings before the Nationals got to him in the fifth. Milledge led off with a home run to left, and with one out Ronnie Belliard singled and Willie Harris doubled him home. After Bergmann grounded out, Emilio Bonifacio tripled to make it 3-0.

Milledge's two-run homer in the sixth chased Francis and gave the Nationals a 5-0 lead.

"Bottom line, they weren't good pitches and they made me pay," Francis said. "It didn't go as well as I hoped."

Washington got another run in the seventh when reliever Jason Grilli's two-out error led to Milledge's RBI single.

Notes

  • Hurdle said he expects RHP Livan Hernandez to be in uniform Friday. The Rockies acquired Hernandez from Minnesota on Thursday.
  • The Nationals franchise and Colorado have played two previous doubleheaders, both in 1999 as a result of the Columbine High School shooting in April of that year. The Nationals, then the Montreal Expos, swept the first doubleheader on Aug. 12, and two days later the Rockies swept a doubleheader from the Expos.
 
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Lastings Milledge enjoys his second career multi-homer game in the Nationals' Game 1 win.  (AP)
Lastings Milledge enjoys his second career multi-homer game in the Nationals' Game 1 win. (AP)

Players of the Game
Washington

L. Milledge
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 4
Colorado

Y. Torrealba
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Washington Nationals
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B5021010 .308
Cristian Guzman, SS4100102 .300
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B5020001 .266
Austin Kearns, RF4100002 .228
Lastings Milledge, CF4234000 .248
Jesus Flores, C4000022 .276
Ronnie Belliard, 1B4120010 .241
Willie Harris, LF3111110 .249
Jason Bergmann, P4000023 .000
    Steven Shell, P0000000 .000
    Joel Hanrahan, P0000000 .000
Totals37610627  
Batting
2B - Ronnie Belliard (15, Grilli), Willie Harris (8, Francis)
3B - Emilio Bonifacio (3, Francis)
HR - Lastings Milledge 2 (11, Francis, Francis)
RBI - Emilio Bonifacio (5), Lastings Milledge 4 (40), Willie Harris (29)
2-OUT RBI - Emilio Bonifacio (2), Lastings Milledge (13)
Team LOB - 6
Washington Nationals
Jason Bergmann (W,2-8) 7711271 4.13
Steven Shell 1222001 2.45
Joel Hanrahan (S,2) 1100000 3.92
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Bergmann 102-64, Steven Shell 23-14, Joel Hanrahan 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Bergmann 4-10
Batters Faced - Jason Bergmann 30, Steven Shell 5, Joel Hanrahan 4
Colorado Rockies
Willy Taveras, CF4010010 .254
    Kip Wells, P0000000 .000
   a- Seth Smith, PH1000001 .279
Jeff Baker, 2B5010012 .275
Matt Holliday, LF4111113 .345
Brad Hawpe, RF4020011 .284
Garrett Atkins, 1B4010003 .294
Ian Stewart, 3B4000012 .287
Troy Tulowitzki, SS3110101 .239
Yorvit Torrealba, C4122022 .252
Jeff Francis, P2000002 .125
    Jason Grilli, P0000000 .000
   b- Cory Sullivan, PH-CF2010000 .158
Totals37310327  
a-flied out for Wells in the 9th
b-flied out for Grilli in the 7th
Batting
2B - Brad Hawpe (17, Bergmann)
HR - Matt Holliday (22, Bergmann), Yorvit Torrealba (5, Shell)
RBI - Matt Holliday (69), Yorvit Torrealba 2 (27)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Baker-Tulowitzki-Atkins
E - Jason Grilli (1, Throwing)
Colorado Rockies
Jeff Francis (L,3-8) 5.1855032 5.81
Jason Grilli 1.2210210 3.46
Kip Wells 2000030 5.27
IBB - Harris by Jason Grilli
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Francis 93-62, Jason Grilli 28-17, Kip Wells 28-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Francis 7-5, Jason Grilli 4-1, Kip Wells 2-1
Batters Faced - Jeff Francis 23, Jason Grilli 10, Kip Wells 6
Game Information
Attendance - 0
Game Time - 2:35
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Mike DiMuro, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Chris Tiller, Third Base - Mike Everitt