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Perez throws six strong, helps Nats complete doubleheader sweep

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DENVER -- Lastings Milledge and the Washington Nationals started playing their best baseball at the wrong time for Colorado.

Milledge capped a big day with two more hits and Odalis Perez pitched six strong innings to help Washington complete a doubleheader sweep of the Rockies by identical 6-3 scores Thursday.

In the first game, Milledge went 3-for-4 with two homers and a career-high four RBI to back Jason Bergmann's first win in nearly three months.

It was second multihomer game for Milledge, who was 5-for-9 with five RBI in the doubleheader. His other multihomer game came on Sept. 29 last year with the Mets.

Milledge has four homers in his last six games, and the Nationals have won six of seven.

"Today, I got pitches that were in my hot spot," said Milledge, hitting .375 with eight RBI in his last nine games. "To be a great hitter you have to capitalize on those consistently."

The Nationals were 18-37 on the road before taking three of four at Coors Field.

"We're coming out here to win whether we're in contention or not. They know that," Milledge said. "I wouldn't say we're spoilers. We came out and played the game right."

The defending NL champions fell 13 games below .500.

"Their starters outpitched our starters this series," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "We didn't hit in situations when we needed to hit. Combine that and you have the series that we had."

It was the Nationals' first doubleheader sweep since Sept. 2, 2006, against Arizona. The last time the Rockies were swept was Aug. 19, 2004, against the New York Mets.

Joel Hanrahan saved both games of the twinbill, giving him three saves this season.

Perez (5-8) gave up a two-run homer to Garrett Atkins in the first inning before settling down. Meanwhile, the Nationals roughed up Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez, who was 6-1 in his previous seven starts.

"It was good for us," Washington manager Manny Acta said. "All year we've been struggling for runs."

Jimenez (8-10) had a 14-inning scoreless streak coming into the nightcap, but that ended in the second. With two outs, Emilio Bonifacio, Willie Harris and Milledge had run-scoring hits that gave the Nationals a 4-2 lead. Wil Nieves made it 6-2 with a two-run double in the fifth.

Bonifacio had four hits in the doubleheader.

Jimenez gave up six runs on eight hits and six walks in five innings.

"I was wild. I didn't have my control," he said. "I don't know why."

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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Odalis Perez earns his fifth win of the season after allowing two runs in six innings.  (AP)
Odalis Perez earns his fifth win of the season after allowing two runs in six innings. (AP)

Players of the Game
Colorado

G. Atkins
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
Washington

W. Harris
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Washington Nationals
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B5121014 .318
    Jesus Colome, P0000000 .000
    Saul Rivera, P0000000 .000
    Joel Hanrahan, P0000000 .000
Willie Harris, LF4122103 .253
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4010101 .266
Lastings Milledge, CF5021013 .250
Kory Casto, 1B4100115 .208
Ryan Langerhans, RF2010300 .258
Pete Orr, SS-2B5100014 .225
Wil Nieves, C5122022 .284
Odalis Perez, P3110002 .206
   a- Cristian Guzman, PH-SS1010000 .301
Totals38612666  
a-singled for O. Perez in the 7th
Batting
2B - Willie Harris (9, Jimenez), Wil Nieves (6, Jimenez)
RBI - Emilio Bonifacio (6), Willie Harris 2 (31), Lastings Milledge (41), Wil Nieves 2 (13)
2-OUT RBI - Emilio Bonifacio (3), Willie Harris 2 (11), Lastings Milledge (14)
SB - Emilio Bonifacio (3, 2nd base off Jimenez/Iannetta), Pete Orr (1, 2nd base off Jimenez/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
E - Emilio Bonifacio (1, Misplayed grounder), Ryan Zimmerman (4, Throwing)
Washington Nationals
Odalis Perez (W,5-8) 6622111 4.10
Jesus Colome 1110000 4.73
Saul Rivera (H,13) 1000010 3.09
Joel Hanrahan (S,3) 1000010 3.86
HBP - Iannetta (by Odalis Perez)
Pitches-Strikes - Odalis Perez 96-62, Jesus Colome 26-19, Saul Rivera 9-7, Joel Hanrahan 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Odalis Perez 9-9, Jesus Colome 2-2, Saul Rivera 1-1
Batters Faced - Odalis Perez 27, Jesus Colome 5, Saul Rivera 3, Joel Hanrahan 3
Colorado Rockies
Willy Taveras, CF4000003 .251
   a- Seth Smith, PH1000000 .274
Clint Barmes, 3B4010000 .295
   b- Ian Stewart, PH1000010 .284
Matt Holliday, LF3210101 .345
Garrett Atkins, 1B4133001 .298
Chris Iannetta, C3000003 .261
Jeff Baker, 2B4000004 .270
Brad Hawpe, RF4000010 .281
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4020000 .244
    Manny Corpas, P0000000 .000
Ubaldo Jimenez, P1000002 .040
    Matt Herges, P0000000 .000
   c- Cory Sullivan, PH1000010 .150
    Luis Vizcaino, P0000000 .000
    Omar Quintanilla, SS1000000 .257
Totals3537313  
a-lined out for Taveras in the 9th
b-struck out for Barmes in the 9th
c-struck out for Herges in the 6th
Batting
2B - Matt Holliday (29, O. Perez)
HR - Garrett Atkins (16, O. Perez)
SH - Ubaldo Jimenez (4)
RBI - Garrett Atkins 3 (71)
2-OUT RBI - Garrett Atkins 3 (29)
SB - Matt Holliday (16, 2nd base off Colome/Nieves)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Brad Hawpe 1
DP - Baker-Tulowitzki-Atkins
Colorado Rockies
Ubaldo Jimenez (L,8-10) 5866640 3.86
Matt Herges 1100000 4.75
Luis Vizcaino 2300000 5.40
Manny Corpas 1000020 4.55
Pitches-Strikes - Ubaldo Jimenez 94-53, Matt Herges 16-10, Luis Vizcaino 28-19, Manny Corpas 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ubaldo Jimenez 5-5, Matt Herges 2-1, Luis Vizcaino 1-5, Manny Corpas 1-0
Batters Faced - Ubaldo Jimenez 28, Matt Herges 4, Luis Vizcaino 9, Manny Corpas 3
Game Information
Attendance - 30448
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Tim McClelland, First Base - Chris Tiller, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Larry Vanover