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Hairston's SF lifts Nationals past Pirates in 11

By HARVEY VALENTINE
Associated Press
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WASHINGTON (AP) Jayson Werth recently said the Washington Nationals were due to go on a run.

On Sunday night, he came off the bench, ailing shoulder and all, and extended the one they're on.

Pinch-hitter Scott Hairston's sacrifice fly with one out in the 11th inning drove in Werth to give the Nationals a 6-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday night and complete a three-game sweep.

Werth, who had missed the last five games due to his sore right shoulder, entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the ninth and doubled leading off the 11th against Brandon Cumpton (3-4).

''I haven't swung a bat for like a week, so there's not a whole lot you can do there,'' Werth said about keeping his timing sharp. ''When you play this long and you play this deep in the season, you don't ... it's like when you come back from the All-Star Break, it's not like you miss a whole lot.''

Werth went to third on Denard Span's grounder to first. Hairston then sent Cumpton's first pitch to deep left and Werth scored easily after the catch.

''I (was thinking) `just drive the ball to the outfield,''' Hairston said. ''Obviously a hard ground ball can get the job done, too, if it finds a hole, but your percentages are better if you get it to the outfield.''

Ross Detwiler (2-2) pitched two innings for the win as Washington won for the second night in a row in its final at-bat.

Span and Anthony Rendon had two hits each for National League East-leading Washington, which has won six straight.

The Pirates were winless on their five-game road trip and have lost five straight for the first time since September 2012.

Both closers blew save chances in the ninth.

Trailing 4-2 entering the inning, the Pirates got one run on a wild pitch and took a 5-4 lead on Gregory Polanco's two-run double off Rafael Soriano.

Washington rallied against Matt Melancon in their half, however. Asdrubal Cabrera's one-out single off the glove of a diving Neil Walker scored Werth, who had walked, from second with the tying run.

''I don't want to come back before I'm ready, but at the same time it felt like we'd progressed enough and felt good enough to get in there,'' Werth said.

Washington starter Doug Fister allowed two unearned runs in seven innings, and hasn't given up an earned run in his last 22 1-3 innings.

The Nationals trailed 2-1 before a successful challenge started a seventh-inning rally.

A pitch to Michael Taylor was called a foul ball by home plate umpire Andy Fletcher as Taylor started towards first. Manager Matt Williams challenged, saying the 2-1 pitch hit Taylor's hand, and the call was overturned upon review.

Pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen and Span singled to load the bases. Cabrera, facing reliever Jared Hughes, grounded to first baseman Ike Davis. Davis threw high to home, the ball deflecting off Russell Martin's glove as Taylor scored.

As the ball rolled up the third-base line, Frandsen raced home, putting Washington ahead 3-2.

Rendon then grounded to Pedro Alvarez, who threw high to home for another error, allowing Span to score the Nationals' fourth run.

''We got three ground balls from Hughes in the seventh inning, and an opportunity to put the inning away without letting them score, and we didn't execute plays in either corner,'' Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said.

Errors by Washington's Ian Desmond and Rendon helped the Pirates take a 2-0 lead in the sixth.

The Nationals cut it to 2-1 in the sixth on Desmond's two-out RBI-single.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: RHP Charlie Morton was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right hip inflammation.

UP NEXT

Pirates: RH Vance Worley (5-2, 2.51) goes against Atlanta on Monday as Pittsburgh opens a three-game homestand. He's 1-2 with a 5.81 ERA in seven career appearances (five starts) against the Braves.

Nationals: Jordan Zimmermann (8-5, 2.92) opposes visiting Arizona in the first of four games. He is 2-0 with a 1.37 ERA in his last three starts.

GLOVE STORIES

For game that featured four errors, there were two exceptional defensive plays. In the eighth, Cabrera fielded Russell Martin's grounder behind second and flipped the ball behind his back to Desmond as part of a 1-4-6-3 double play. In the bottom of the ninth, Starling Marte made a diving catch in center to rob Rendon.

 
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Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

G. Polanco
AB 6
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
Washington

D. Fister
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 0
BB 1
K 5
 

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Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Gregory Polanco, RF6112021.250.318.363
Josh Harrison, SS5120001.309.346.492
Neil Walker, 2B5010001.275.344.452
Russell Martin, C5011001.284.405.395
Pedro Alvarez, 3B4020010.233.314.392
   Jayson Nix, 3B1000000.137.192.178
   Brandon Cumpton, P0000000.071.133.071
Starling Marte, CF4110004.266.341.407
Travis Snider, LF4020003.263.337.433
   Michael Martinez, PR-LF1000001.128.209.154
Ike Davis, 1B2000203.238.354.372
   Jordy Mercer, PR0100000.263.312.383
   Mark Melancon, P0000000.000.000.000
   Brent Morel, 3B1000000.176.222.235
Edinson Volquez, P3000023.028.103.028
   Jared Hughes, P0000000.000.000.000
   John Axford, P0000000.000.000.000
   a-Gaby Sanchez, PH-1B2100002.232.298.401
Totals43510325    
a-hit into fielder's choice for Axford in the 9th
Batting
2B - Gregory Polanco (9, Soriano)
RBI - Gregory Polanco 2 (30), Russell Martin (48)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Walker-Harrison-Davis, Walker-Harrison-Davis-Walker-Harrison-Davis
E - Pedro Alvarez (25, Throwing), Ike Davis (7, Throwing)
Pittsburgh Pirates
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Edinson Volquez 6.1641250 3.58
Jared Hughes (BS,1) 0.2000000 1.73
John Axford 1000110 3.74
Mark Melancon (BS,4) 1211120 2.28
Brandon Cumpton (L,3-4) 1.2211010 5.13
WP - Edinson Volquez 2 (15)
HBP - Taylor (by Edinson Volquez)
Pitches-Strikes - Edinson Volquez 95-61, Jared Hughes 8-5, John Axford 15-6, Mark Melancon 24-17, Brandon Cumpton 22-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edinson Volquez 9-5, Jared Hughes 3-0, John Axford 1-0, Brandon Cumpton 2-2
Batters Faced - Edinson Volquez 28, Jared Hughes 3, John Axford 3, Mark Melancon 6, Brandon Cumpton 7
Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Denard Span, CF6120011.303.354.405
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B5011000.248.310.388
   Ross Detwiler, P0000000.000.333.000
   a-Scott Hairston, PH0001000.220.258.322
Anthony Rendon, 3B5120012.275.331.460
Adam LaRoche, 1B3000213.273.378.466
Ian Desmond, SS5011032.248.304.425
Bryce Harper, LF4000112.252.337.383
Wilson Ramos, C5010001.295.336.406
Michael Taylor, RF3110010.176.333.353
   Danny Espinosa, 2B1000001.214.277.350
Doug Fister, P2000011.059.059.059
   b-Kevin Frandsen, PH1110000.249.293.308
   Tyler Clippard, P0000000.000.000.000
   Rafael Soriano, P0000000.000.000.000
   Matt Thornton, P0000000.000.000.000
   c-Jayson Werth, PH-RF1210100.281.372.434
Totals41610349    
a-hit a sacrifice fly for Detwiler in the 11th
b-singled for Fister in the 7th
c-walked for Thornton in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jayson Werth (28, Cumpton)
SF - Scott Hairston (3)
RBI - Asdrubal Cabrera (45), Scott Hairston (6), Ian Desmond (73)
2-OUT RBI - Ian Desmond (21)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Bryce Harper 1
DP - Clippard-A. Cabrera-Desmond-LaRoche
E - Ian Desmond (19, Misplayed grounder), Anthony Rendon (12, Throwing)
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Doug Fister 7520150 2.20
Tyler Clippard (H,29) 1100000 1.50
Rafael Soriano (BS,5) 0.1233100 2.59
Matt Thornton 0.2100000 2.17
Ross Detwiler (W,2-2) 2100000 3.29
WP - Doug Fister (4), Rafael Soriano (2)
HBP - Marte (by Rafael Soriano)
Pitches-Strikes - Doug Fister 97-69, Tyler Clippard 7-6, Rafael Soriano 21-11, Matt Thornton 7-5, Ross Detwiler 27-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Fister 9-9, Tyler Clippard 2-0, Rafael Soriano 1-0, Matt Thornton 1-0, Ross Detwiler 4-2
Batters Faced - Doug Fister 29, Tyler Clippard 3, Rafael Soriano 5, Matt Thornton 2, Ross Detwiler 7
Game Information
Attendance - 34430
Game Time - 3:42
Temperature - 87
Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Mike Muchlinski, Second Base - Tom Woodring, Third Base - Mark Wegner