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Cuddyer extends hit streak to 21 in Rockies' win

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WASHINGTON -- Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss called Michael Cuddyer "one of the better kept secrets in the game."

That perception might change soon.

Cuddyer homered in his first at-bat to extend the major league's longest hitting streak this season to 21 games -- and the Rockies hung on to beat the Washington Nationals 7-6 Sunday.

Cuddyer went 3 for 4 with four RBI to break a tie with St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese for the year's top streak, and the Rockies right fielder is now just two games shy of matching the franchise's best run. Dante Bichette, now the team's hitting coach, had hits in 23 consecutive games in 1995.

Cuddyer also extended his Colorado record for consecutive games reaching base to 40.

And if all that means he gets more recognition, he wouldn't mind.

"After 12 years of being in the big leagues, you don't like to think of yourself as a secret," Cuddyer said with a laugh.

Not that he would mind remaining under the radar, either.

"He doesn't care about that stuff," Weiss said. "He likes to show up, compete and work on his beard. That's all that matters to Cuddy."

With his wife and son in attendance, Cuddyer, a Virginia native, had an RBI single in Colorado's three-run third inning and a two-run single in a three-run fourth, an inning Nolan Arenado led off with a homer.

That gave Jorge De La Rosa (8-4) a 7-0 cushion. He allowed seven hits in six innings, trading both his earned runs for outs in the bottom of the fourth.

In his shortest start this year aside from a May outing he left early due to lower-back spasms, Ross Detwiler (2-6) allowed a season-high seven earned runs -- three more than any other game.

Washington right fielder Jayson Werth started after missing Saturday's game with flu-like symptoms, but he left in the fourth inning following his second hit. Werth stretched his left leg on first base before gesturing to the dugout for a pinch runner.

"I think I'll be all right," Werth said. "Groins are pretty straight forward. I've had a couple of them in the past, but never missed any time, so I'm hoping that will be the case."

Colorado left fielder Carlos Gonzalez left the game in the middle of the eighth inning with a leg cramp.

Washington third baseman Ryan Zimmerman had an RBI infield single in the bottom of the eighth, and a second run scored on the play when Rockies short stop Josh Rutledge booted the ball. Jhonatan Solano pinch hit and lined a two-out, two-run double to center field.

But Rex Brothers struck out Ian Desmond and threw a perfect ninth, ensuring the Nationals' four-run eighth left them still a run short. Brothers' fourth save was also Colorado's first four-out save of the season.

"I try not to show much emotion in there," Weiss said. "But you know that, deep down, you've got to put this game away. You've got put this game away, because wins are precious in this league, and when you get out to a lead like that, you've got to put it away, because it's going to be tough enough to win in this league as it is."

If the Rockies were looking for a stabilizing influence during their up-and-down game, Cuddyer sounds as if he could have provided it.

"That's the thing about hitting streaks," Cuddyer said. "The day it's over, you go back to being a baseball player."

Notes

  • Nationals manager Davey Johnson said RHP Dan Haren is headed to the disabled list. Haren, who surrendered six earned runs in 3 1/3 innings Saturday to drop to 4-9 with a 6.15 ERA, said his shoulder has been bothering him his last few starts. "Nothing really major," Haren said. "Nothing I haven't pitched through in the past. I'm not concerned about it, but they wanted me to take some time to get 100 percent." He said he'll probably have an MRI this week.
  • Washington OF Bryce Harper took full on-field batting practice for the first time since going on the disabled list June 1 (left knee bursitis). With fans arriving early to Nationals Park to receive Harper bobbleheads, he sent multiple pitches over the outfield wall. Before the game, Harper tweeted, "Well that felt unreal! #BP #Lovethefans."
  • Arenado has missed only one game since the Rockies called him up from Triple-A Colorado Springs in late April, and Weiss said it's difficult to find days off for the rookie. "He's wound too tight," Weiss said. "He doesn't like to sit over here for nine innings."
  • Weiss said he planned days in advance to give Todd Helton both Saturday and Sunday off. The Rockies don't play Monday, so the first baseman will get three straight days of rest.
  • Colorado RHP Juan Nicasio (4-3, 4.78) will face Boston Red Sox RHP Ryan Dempster (4-8, 4.23) on Tuesday.
  • Nationals LHP Gio Gonzalez (3-3, 3.34) will face Arizona Diamondbacks RHP Trevor Cahill (3-8, 3.92) on Tuesday.
  • Rapper Wale, a D.C. native, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
 
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Michael Cuddyer extends his hitting streak to 21 games, which is two shy of the Colorado franchise record. (USATSI)
Michael Cuddyer extends his hitting streak to 21 games, which is two shy of the Colorado franchise record. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Colorado

M. Cuddyer
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 4
Washington

S. Lombardozzi
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dexter Fowler, CF4220110 .295
DJ LeMahieu, 2B5011003 .295
Carlos Gonzalez, LF4110021 .300
    Rex Brothers, P1000011 .000
Michael Cuddyer, RF4134010 .339
Wilin Rosario, C4021000 .259
Jordan Pacheco, 1B4000012 .248
Nolan Arenado, 3B4121000 .257
Josh Rutledge, SS4110011 .228
Jorge De La Rosa, P3110021 .077
    Tyler Colvin, LF1000010 .175
Totals387137110  
Batting
HR - Michael Cuddyer (11, Detwiler), Nolan Arenado (7, Detwiler)
RBI - DJ LeMahieu (9), Michael Cuddyer 4 (43), Wilin Rosario (37), Nolan Arenado (22)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Cuddyer 3 (17), Wilin Rosario (11)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Nolan Arenado (5, Throwing), Josh Rutledge (5, Misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jorge De La Rosa (W,8-4) 6722340 3.19
Rob Scahill 1200100 4.50
Matt Belisle 0.2344120 4.62
Rex Brothers (S,4) 1.1100010 0.28
WP - Jorge De La Rosa (2), Rob Scahill (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jorge De La Rosa 95-59, Rob Scahill 22-11, Matt Belisle 21-14, Rex Brothers 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge De La Rosa 6-7, Rex Brothers 1-2
Batters Faced - Jorge De La Rosa 27, Rob Scahill 6, Matt Belisle 6, Rex Brothers 5
Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jeff Kobernus, CF-RF3100200 .174
Anthony Rendon, 2B5020013 .333
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B3111201 .269
Jayson Werth, RF2020000 .265
    Roger Bernadina, PR-RF2110001 .183
    Jhonatan Solano, PH1012000 .156
Ian Desmond, SS4110125 .280
Chris Marrero, 1B5011003 .067
Kurt Suzuki, C4001011 .210
Stephen Lombardozzi, LF5130001 .234
Ross Detwiler, P1000011 .053
    Craig Stammen, P1000011 .000
    Chad Tracy, PH1000011 .145
    Denard Span, PH-CF1110000 .258
Totals38613557  
a-doubled for Bernadina in the 8th
b-struck out for Stammen in the 6th
c-singled for Krol in the 8th
Batting
2B - Anthony Rendon (9, De La Rosa), Jhonatan Solano (2, Brothers), Ian Desmond (19, De La Rosa)
SF - Kurt Suzuki (2)
RBI - Ryan Zimmerman (36), Jhonatan Solano 2 (2), Chris Marrero (1), Kurt Suzuki (14)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Zimmerman (16), Jhonatan Solano 2 (2)
CS - Jeff Kobernus (2, 2nd base by De La Rosa/Rosario)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Stephen Lombardozzi 1
DP - Desmond-Marrero
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ross Detwiler (L,2-6) 3.2977132 4.18
Craig Stammen 2.1300010 2.70
Ian Krol 2000040 0.00
Fernando Abad 1100020 1.42
Pitches-Strikes - Ross Detwiler 68-46, Craig Stammen 24-20, Ian Krol 19-14, Fernando Abad 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ross Detwiler 4-4, Craig Stammen 1-3, Ian Krol 1-1, Fernando Abad 1-0
Batters Faced - Ross Detwiler 21, Craig Stammen 8, Ian Krol 6, Fernando Abad 4
Game Information
Attendance - 39307
Game Time - 3:05
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Joe West, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Andy Fletcher