DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies had a hurler on the mound keeping hitters off balance, staying aggressive, even dominating at times.
And he wasn't even named Ubaldo Jimenez.
Jason Hammel borrowed a page from Jimenez's book by staying patient and positive as he threw seven sharp innings to lift the Rockies to a 4-3 win over the Washington Nationals on Saturday night for a doubleheader sweep.
Game 1: Rockies 6, Nationals 2
Hammel (1-2), who has been sidelined since April 27 with a strained right groin, gave up three runs and six hits. He looked more like the pitcher who won a career-high 10 games last season and less like the one who entered the contest with a 9.16 ERA.
Sure, Hammel outing wasn't nearly as memorable as Jimenez's eight stellar innings of work in the Rockies' 6-2 victory earlier in the day.
But it was close.
"I went back to a positive attitude, just stayed aggressive and attacked hitters tonight," said Hammel, who struck out seven and walked none. "Ubaldo has been doing that all year. It's nice to be mentioned with him. It was a much better result tonight."
Seth Smith's hard grounder up the middle deflected off the glove of Sean Burnett (0-1), slowing it down for Desmond. But the shortstop's toss to first was low and Adam Dunn couldn't scoop the ball, allowing Phillips to score.
"I should make that play," Desmond said. "I expect myself to make that play. I think I will next time."
Carlos Gonzalez and Smith hit back-to-back homers for Colorado, helping the Rockies to their first doubleheader sweep since Sept. 18, 2007, against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
"Turns out to be a terrific day for us," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said.
Dunn hit a tying homer off Hammel in the sixth, his second solo shot of the doubleheader. Roger Bernadina also added a two-out, two-run double to left-center in the fourth.
Those were really the only mistakes that Hammel made. He was pretty much hitting his spots all evening.
"I was ahead of hitters, attacking the zone," Hammel said. "When you do that, good things happen."
- To make room for Hammel on the roster, Colorado placed infielder Eric Young Jr. on the disabled list with a stress fracture in his lower right leg.
- Nationals OF Josh Willingham wasn't in the starting lineup in either of the games after tweaking his groin two days ago. He did pinch hit in both games.
- Nationals rookie starter Luis Atilano pitched five up-and-down innings for the Nationals, allowing three runs and four hits with four walks.
- 3B Ryan Zimmerman finished the doubleheader with five hits, making him 13 for 25 this season against the Rockies.