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W: L. Atilano (6-4) L: A. Lerew (0-1)
S: M. Capps (22)
HR: KC - None   WAS - J. Willingham (13),A. Dunn (17)

Nationals 4, Royals 3

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WASHINGTON -- Matt Capps was only focused on the result. Sure, it was a wild one, but the Washington Nationals still got the win.

Capps allowed Scott Podsednik's two-run single before finishing for his major league-leading 22nd save, preserving a 4-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.

"The name of it is to get three outs before they tie it or take the lead," said Capps, who also gave up two singles while saving Washington's 2-1 win against the Royals on Monday. "The last two nights were kind of a struggle to get through, but nonetheless we get the 'W' and it makes it a little easier."

Josh Willingham and Adam Dunn homered for the Nationals, who scored more than three runs for the first time in seven games.

The Royals' rally was helped by a few breaks. Alberto Callaspo started the charge with a ball just out of the reach of second baseman Cristian Guzman for a one-out single. Yuniesky Betancourt loaded the bases with an infield hit that didn't even travel halfway down the third base line.

"A lot of things haven't gone Matt's way, for a guy who has 22 saves," Washington manager Jim Riggleman said. "He could have more if he'd get a little lucky now and again."

Podsednik's two-out hit got Kansas City within one but Jason Kendall fouled out to first with two runners on to end the game, sending the Royals to their fifth consecutive loss.

"That seems to be consistent with the offense right now, getting guys on and not being able to close it," said Podsednik, who also had a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning. "I don't know if we're tightening up in those situations or maybe over thinking it a little bit, trying to do too much."

Luis Atilano (6-4) allowed one run and six hits in 5 1/3 innings, ending a three-start losing streak. The rookie right-hander struck out five and walked none in his first win since May 31.

Atilano credited his success to his sessions with pitching coach Steve McCatty.

"Finally the work we've been putting in reflected in the game," Atilano said. "The team got my back today offensively, and defensively I was able to get quick outs."

Anthony Lerew (0-1) allowed four runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings for the Royals. The right-hander, who had Tommy John surgery in 2007, is still searching for his first major league win after seven career starts.

Willingham led off the fourth inning with his 13th homer and No. 100 for his career. He also doubled twice for his third three-hit game of the season.

After Willingham's homer, Washington loaded the bases with no outs on consecutive singles by Ivan Rodriguez, Roger Bernadina and Adam Kennedy, but only managed one run on Nyjer Morgan's sacrifice fly.

Dunn extended the lead to 4-1 in the fifth with a drive to center for his 17th homer.

Ryan Zimmerman also had an RBI double in the third for Washington.

Jose Guillen singled twice for Kansas City, extending his career-long hitting streak to 17 games.

Notes

Washington RHP Jordan Zimmermann (elbow surgery) threw a simulated game. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said he was still "several weeks" away from a minor league rehab assignment. ... Royals manager Ned Yost and several players visited injured troops at Walter Reed Medical Center before the game. ... The game was delayed 49 minutes by rain in the bottom of the fourth inning.

 
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Players of the Game
Washington

J. Willingham
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
Kansas City

S. Podsednik
AB 3
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 3
 

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Kansas City Royals
Scott Podsednik, LF3013100 .293
Jason Kendall, C5000015 .256
David DeJesus, CF4010011 .322
Billy Butler, 1B4000013 .325
Jose Guillen, RF4020001 .272
Alberto Callaspo, 3B4120001 .277
Mike Aviles, 2B3110012 .323
    Kanekoa Texeira, P0000000 .000
   a- Wilson Betemit, PH1110000 .471
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4020002 .272
Anthony Lerew, P1000010 .000
    Dusty Hughes, P0000000 .000
    Chris Getz, 2B2010003 .213
Totals35311315  
a-singled for Texeira in the 9th
Batting
2B - Chris Getz (3, Storen)
SF - Scott Podsednik (6)
SH - Anthony Lerew (1)
RBI - Scott Podsednik 3 (31)
2-OUT RBI - Scott Podsednik 2 (13)
Team LOB - 8
Kansas City Royals
Anthony Lerew (L,0-1) 5.11044122 4.76
Dusty Hughes 1100000 3.20
Kanekoa Texeira 1.2000010 3.94
Pitches-Strikes - Anthony Lerew 86-57, Dusty Hughes 14-10, Kanekoa Texeira 20-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Anthony Lerew 9-5, Kanekoa Texeira 3-1
Batters Faced - Anthony Lerew 27, Dusty Hughes 4, Kanekoa Texeira 5
Washington Nationals
Nyjer Morgan, CF3001001 .247
Cristian Guzman, SS-2B4120002 .303
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4021002 .287
Adam Dunn, 1B4111002 .275
    Matt Capps, P0000000 .000
Josh Willingham, LF4131000 .274
Ivan Rodriguez, C4110012 .315
Roger Bernadina, RF4010012 .285
Adam Kennedy, 2B-1B3010101 .240
Luis Atilano, P2000013 .045
    Joel Peralta, P0000000 .000
   a- Alberto Gonzalez, PH1000001 .278
    Drew Storen, P00000001.000
    Tyler Clippard, P00000001.000
   b- Ian Desmond, PH-SS1000000 .254
Totals34411413  
a-popped out for Peralta in the 6th
b-flied out for Clippard in the 8th
Batting
2B - Ryan Zimmerman (15, Lerew), Josh Willingham 2 (11, Lerew, Lerew)
HR - Adam Dunn (17, Lerew), Josh Willingham (13, Lerew)
SF - Nyjer Morgan (1)
RBI - Nyjer Morgan (10), Ryan Zimmerman (37), Adam Dunn (41), Josh Willingham (41)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Zimmerman (17)
SB - Adam Kennedy (9, 2nd base off Lerew/Kendall)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Guzman-Kennedy-Dunn
Washington Nationals
Luis Atilano (W,6-4) 5.1611050 4.52
Joel Peralta (H,1) 0.2000000 0.00
Drew Storen (H,5) 1100100 2.08
Tyler Clippard (H,16) 1000000 1.58
Matt Capps (S,22) 1422000 3.51
Pitches-Strikes - Luis Atilano 84-58, Joel Peralta 4-3, Drew Storen 21-13, Tyler Clippard 15-10, Matt Capps 19-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Luis Atilano 6-5, Joel Peralta 1-0, Drew Storen 2-1, Tyler Clippard 1-2
Batters Faced - Luis Atilano 22, Joel Peralta 1, Drew Storen 5, Tyler Clippard 3, Matt Capps 7
Game Information
Attendance - 21168
Game Time - 2:45
Temperature - 93
Umpires - Home - Brian Runge, First Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Jerry Layne