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Hammel, Rockies beat Nats 3-2 to end 5-game skid

July 08, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jason Hammel pitched into the seventh inning for his second win in 13 starts and the Colorado Rockies beat the Washington Nationals 3-2 on Friday night to end a five-game losing streak.

Hammel (5-8) allowed two runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings as Colorado won for the first time in eight road games. The right-hander was coming off his shortest outing of the season, when he gave up seven runs in 3 2/3 innings in a loss to Kansas City.

All three Rockies runs came in the fourth. Todd Helton scored on a balk and Ty Wigginton and Cole Garner each had a run-scoring single. Nationals starter John Lannan (5-6) left the game in that inning after Wigginton’s line drive hit him on the nose.

Wilson Ramos homered for Washington.

The Rockies’ bullpen kept the Nationals scoreless after Hammel gave way to Matt Reynolds in the seventh. Matt Belisle came on for the final out of the eighth and Huston Street pitched the ninth for his 25th save in 27 chances.

Lannan retired his first 10 batters — striking out five — but had his outing cut short by a liner up the middle.

Jonathan Herrera singled in the fourth, the first Colorado hitter to reach base. Helton and Wigginton followed with consecutive singles off Lannan. Herrera scored on Wigginton’s hit, a shot that got past Lannan’s glove and struck him in the face.

Lannan walked off the field to the dugout with the aid of a trainer after the play and was replaced by Ryan Mattheus. The team said Lannan had a nasal contusion and is day to day.

After Lannan left, a fielder’s choice by Mark Ellis put runners on the corners, and Helton scored on Mattheus’ balk. Garner followed with a run-scoring single — his first major league hit — to give Colorado a 3-1 lead.

Washington’s first three batters of the game reached to load the bases against Hammel, but the only run of the inning came on Michael Morse’s sacrifice fly. Hammel struck out Jayson Werth and got Rick Ankiel to pop out to second base to get out of the jam.

Hammel cruised the rest of the way, except for Ramos’ eighth home run of the season in the fourth inning, a deep shot to center field to cut the lead to 3-2.

NOTES: Washington placed C Ivan Rodriguez (right oblique strain) on the 15-day DL before the game and recalled C Jesus Flores from Triple-A Syracuse. ... RHP Cole Kimball, who has been on the disabled list since June 10, will undergo surgery next week in New York to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder. Nationals manager Davey Johnson said he expects the surgery to be season-ending. ... Colorado OF Carlos Gonzalez started after missing four games with a bruised right wrist. ... Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki did not start, but should be available on Saturday, manager Jim Tracy said. Tulowitzki has missed four games with a tight hamstring ... The Rockies placed OF Charlie Blackmon on the 15-day disabled list with a broken left foot and recalled Garner from Triple-A Colorado Springs before the game.

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