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Pena, Zimmerman lead Nationals past Brewers

May 24, 2008 - 3:55 AM By Rich Dubroff PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Jeff Suppan was cruising along before being done in by an error by teammate J.J. Hardy.

Hardy's miscue in the sixth inning led to a four-run outburst as the Washington Nationals posted a 5-1 triumph over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday.

With one out in the sixth, Suppan walked Felipe Lopez before inducing Cristian Guzman to bounce to shortstop. Instead of starting an easy inning-ending double play, however, Hardy booted the ball, putting runners on first and second.

Ryan Zimmerman then delivered a double to score Lopez and snap a 1-1 tie.

"That's the name of the game in baseball," Zimmerman said. "If you get opportunities like that, especially in the fifth inning or beyond, you have to take advantage of them."

After Dmitri Young was hit by a pitch, Guzman scored on Lastings Milledge's groundout. Jesus Flores capped the rally with a double, plating both Zimmerman and pinch runner Aaron Boone.

"We've always said that hits don't win ballgames, hits with runners in scoring position win ballgames," Washington manager Manny Acta said.

By the time the inning was over, Suppan had allowed four unearned runs, leading to the Brewers' seventh loss in nine games.

"It was just all right around the bag," Hardy said of his game-turning error. "I just tried to be too quick. I tried to turn (a double play) before I fielded it."

Through five innings, Suppan (2-4) limited the Nationals to just one hit - Wily Mo Pena's first homer of the season in the second. Pena had gone 144 at-bats without a blast.

"He's the biggest man on the planet without hitting a homer so far," Zimmerman said. "We joke around with him about it, and he's really starting to have some better at-bats the last week or so."

Suppan, who surrendered five runs, three hits and three walks with four strikeouts, did not feel bad luck was the cause for the loss.

"My job is to go out there and stay in the game as long as I can and make pitches," Suppan said. "Regardless of what happens in the game, I still have to go out there and make pitches."

Brian Sanches (1-0), who struck out three in a scoreless top of the sixth, benefited from Washington's uprising. Sanches, whose contract was purchased from Class AAA Columbus earlier in the day, had relieved Odalis Perez, who allowed just one run in five innings.

"Quick day, I guess," Sanches said. "I had a wakeup call to come here and then dove right into it. It's a great feeling to come here and contribute to a win."

Saul Rivera pitched a perfect seventh, Luis Ayala allowed one hit in the eighth and Jon Rauch tossed a scoreless ninth.

Milwaukee tied the game at 1-1 in the fifth, when Hardy singled with one out, stole second and scored two batters later on Suppan's first hit of the season.








  • NL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    MILWAUKEE 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 8 1
    WASHINGTON 0 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 x 5 3 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: MIL - JEFF SUPPAN, BRIAN SHOUSE (6TH), TIM DILLARD (8TH) AND JASON
    KENDALL
    WAS - ODALIS PEREZ, BRIAN SANCHES (6TH), SAUL RIVERA
    (7TH), LUIS AYALA (8TH), JON RAUCH

    May 23 10:20 PM


  • NL
    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JESUS FLORES SCORED RYAN ZIMMERMAN AND AARON
    BOONE.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, J FLORES ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 1
    WASHINGTON 5 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: W PENA (.226, 1-FOR-2, HR, RBI)

    Brewers 1, Nationals 5  Bot 6, 0 OutsMay 23 9:28 PM


  • NL
    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY LASTINGS MILLEDGE SCORED CRISTIAN GUZMAN.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, A BOONE ON SECOND, R ZIMMERMAN ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 1
    WASHINGTON 3 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: J FLORES (.341, 0-FOR-2)

    Brewers 1, Nationals 3  Bot 6, 0 OutsMay 23 9:27 PM


  • NL
    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY RYAN ZIMMERMAN SCORED FELIPE LOPEZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R ZIMMERMAN ON SECOND, C GUZMAN ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 1
    WASHINGTON 2 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: D YOUNG (.227, 0-FOR-2)

    Brewers 1, Nationals 2  Bot 6, 0 OutsMay 23 9:25 PM


  • NL
    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JEFF SUPPAN SCORED J.J. HARDY.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J SUPPAN ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 1
    WASHINGTON 1 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR MILWAUKEE: J KENDALL (.264, 0-FOR-1)

    Brewers 1, Nationals 1  Top 5, 0 OutsMay 23 8:53 PM


  • NL
    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY WILY MO PENA (1) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN THE
    2ND OFF JEFF SUPPAN.
    CURRENT SCORE: MILWAUKEE 0, WASHINGTON 1
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: E DUKES (.067, 0 HR, 1 RBI)

    Brewers 0, Nationals 1  Bot 2, 0 OutsMay 23 8:08 PM
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