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Nats finish off suspended game, make ex-teammate Hanrahan a winner

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HOUSTON -- Joel Hanrahan earned his first win of the year the easy way -- hanging out in his hotel room.

And it was a victory that defied geography.

The Pittsburgh Pirates reliever was enjoying a day off in Philadelphia on Thursday when his former Washington Nationals teammates were finishing off a suspended game in Houston by winning 11-10 in the 11th inning and he was the winning pitcher.

"It's pretty funny," Hanrahan told the Associated Press by phone from Philadelphia, where the Pirates face the Phillies on Friday. "It feels pretty good in the situation that we're in. Houston is a team in our division and we gained ground."

How did he learn he finally has a win this season: "I got a bunch of text messages."

  Astros rally to win regularly scheduled game

Hanrahan was traded by the Nationals on June 30 to the Pittsburgh Pirates as part of a deal for Nyjer Morgan, who scored the winning run Thursday. Hanrahan was pitching for the Nationals when the game was suspended by rain in Washington on May 5. He earned his first victory of the season and is 1-3 overall. He would have been 1-1 if he won on May 5.

The game resumed with one out in the bottom of the 11th with a Washington runner on first base.

Willingham singled before Bard grounded into a force out to second. It looked as though Tejada, covering second, would easily get Bard out at first for the double play, but he instead threw it far over Berkman's head, allowing Morgan to score for the victory.

"It was kind of bizarre the way that one game ended and we only played seven minutes," Acta said.

Houston reliever LaTroy Hawkins, who took the loss, would have been 0-1 if he lost on May 5. He's now 1-3.

Notes

  • This was the only suspended game in Nationals history, and the first one for the Astros since July 2004.
  • It was also the only suspended game of the season, and the first since Game 5 of the 2008 World Series on Oct. 27 in Philadelphia.
 
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Nyjer Morgan (1) scores and the Nationals revel in the anomaly of a walk-off victory on the road.  (US Presswire)
Nyjer Morgan (1) scores and the Nationals revel in the anomaly of a walk-off victory on the road. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Washington

C. Guzman
AB 4
R 0
H 0
HR 0
RBI 0
Houston

M. Tejada
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Houston Astros
Michael Bourn, CF5221011.287
Jeff Keppinger, 2B4122001.269
Lance Berkman, 1B4323113.277
Carlos N. Lee, LF5030002.305
Miguel Tejada, SS4111003.329
Hunter Pence, RF4022103.303
Ivan Rodriguez, C5110013.249
Geoff Blum, 3B4120015.271
Roy Oswalt, SP2100000.171
Darin Erstad, PH-LF1100110.163
Jason Michaels, PH-RF1000010.176
Totals39111593621
BATTING
2B - C Lee (15); I Rodriguez (11); G Blum (7)
3B - M Bourn (8); J Keppinger (2)
HR - L Berkman (18)
RBI - M Bourn (22); J Keppinger 2 (14); L Berkman 3 (54); M Tejada (47); H Pence 2 (37)
S - R Oswalt (8)
BASERUNNING
CS - H Pence (6)
FIELDING
E - I Rodriguez (3)
Houston Astros
Roy Oswalt 5.04442413.95
Chris Sampson 1.00000102.68
Tim Byrdak 1.00000003.77
Geoff Geary 3.04221117.83
LaTroy Hawkins (L,1-3) 0.21101102.37
Washington Nationals
Cristian Guzman, SS4000010.306
Nick Johnson, 1B4220111.299
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B5221005.292
Adam Dunn, LF4011015.259
Elijah Dukes, CF4222202.249
a-Nyjer Morgan, PR5000020.277
Josh Willingham, LF3010011.291
Anderson Hernandez, 2B3010112.256
Wil Nieves, C2000010.229
b-Willie Harris, PH-CF1000013.244
Scott Olsen, SP1000010.143
c-Alex Cintron, PH-SS1000000.074
Jesus Flores, PH-C2111101.315
Ronnie Belliard, 2B2000001.172
Kip Wells, RP0000000.000
Austin Kearns, RF1000010.196
Josh Bard, PH3012101.283
Totals45711761122
a-resultNum=14 for W Nieves in the 6th.
b-Flied out for S Olsen in the 5th.
BATTING
2B - A Dunn (14); J Willingham (14)
HR - E Dukes (7)
RBI - R Zimmerman (52); A Dunn (60); E Dukes 2 (32); J Flores (16); J Bard 2 (17)
S - K Wells (2)
BASERUNNING
SB - E Dukes (3)
Washington Nationals
Scott Olsen 5.06552406.28
Saul Rivera 1.00000007.82
Julian Tavarez 0.12331005.19
Garrett Mock 1.02112007.07
Kip Wells 2.21110106.21
Joel Hanrahan (W,1-3) 1.03000107.75