||WASHINGTON ¡ª The Washington Nationals will try again Saturday to cool off Philadelphia¡¯s Odubel Herrera.
That is something nobody has been able to in more than a week.
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He is hitting .472 (17 for 36) with six homers, 11 runs and 10 RBIs in his last eight games and raised his season average to .308.
¡°I don¡¯t think there¡¯s any words for it. I mean it¡¯s simply incredible what he can do,¡± Friday¡¯s starter and winner Zac Eflin said.
¡°The thing with Odubel is that he can shake off anything at any given time. ¡ It can look like he¡¯s struggling and then next pitch he hits it 440 feet.¡±
Herrera hit a tiebreaking two-run shot in the third inning for his 13th homer of the season, matching the club record for consecutive games with a long ball. He has connected in six of his last seven overall.
The Phillies (40-33) pounded out 15 hits and jumped ahead of the Nationals (40-34) for second place in the National League East behind the Atlanta Braves.
¡°To me, today was the first game where we really got blown out. That was a blowout right there,¡± Nationals manager Dave Martinez said after Washington lost for the eighth time in 11 games, including the completion of a suspended game.
¡°We¡¯ve just got to keep our heads up, guys go home and rest, come back tomorrow and do it again.¡±
Washington¡¯s Michael A. Taylor extended his hitting streak to 13 games with an RBI double and Bryce Harper went 1-for-3 with a walk in the leadoff spot.
The Phillies got a homer and four RBIs from Carlos Santana, who also singled and walked twice.
Philadelphia¡¯s Aaron Nola (8-2, 2.55) opposes rookie RHP Erick Fedde (0-2, 5.63) in a matchup of 2014 first-round draft picks on Saturday. Nola was the seventh overall pick in the first-year player draft and Fedde was the 18th.
Nola hasn¡¯t taken a loss since May 20 but scuffled in his last start, allowing four runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings of a no-decision at Milwaukee. The Phillies prevailed 10-9.
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Against the Nationals, Nola is 1-4 with a 4.50 ERA in 10 starts. Harper is 8-for-17 with two home runs versus Nola, Daniel Murphy is 8-for-20 and Anthony Rendon is 4-for-17.
Fedde makes his fourth start of the season for Washington and third since replacing injured Stephen Strasburg in the rotation. He¡¯s coming off a loss to the Yankees on Monday, when he allowed three runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.
¡°He pitched well except when he made one mistake,¡± Martinez told the Washington Post, referring to Aaron Hicks¡¯ two-run homer in the fifth. ¡°We were very, very excited to see this.¡±
Fedde will be making his first career start against the Phillies.
The stat caught Chris Iannetta by complete surprise: This was only the 10th 1-0 game ever at Coors Field.
¡±Come on,¡± the catcher said.
He can thank his dominant starter for the latest addition. He played a pretty big role, too.
Iannetta homered in the seventh, Tyler Anderson pitched eight stellar innings in outdueling Andrew Suarez and the Colorado Rockies beat the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night to sweep a three-game series.
It was the first 1-0 game at Coors Field since June 12, 2010.
Anderson (6-3) scattered two hits and tied a season high with nine strikeouts. The left-hander didn¡¯t allow a baserunner to reach second base.
¡±Tyler pitched great,¡± Rockies manager Bud Black said.
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¡±It was helpful because I¡¯ve faced those guys a lot,¡± Anderson said. ¡±If they want to sit on a changeup, it kind of helps to have something to equalize that.¡±
And of course, Anderson wanted the ball for the ninth.
¡±You always want to go out and finish it,¡± Anderson said. ¡±At the same time, Wade Davis is an unbelievable pitcher.¡±
Davis surrendered a two-out single to Andrew McCutchen and walked Buster Posey in the ninth. Pinch-hitter Brandon Crawford hit a deep foul ball before later flying out as Davis earned his 25th save.
Suarez (3-5) pretty much matched Anderson pitch for pitch in going seven innings and scattering five hits.
¡±A pitcher¡¯s duel is always fun,¡± Suarez said. ¡±I enjoyed it, just that last inning I missed that one pitch.¡±
Suarez elevated a slider on a full count to Iannetta, who took a few steps down the line to make sure his hooking liner remained fair.
It did. The umpiring crew took a look and confirmed Iannetta¡¯s seventh homer of the season.
Kelby Tomlinson and Brandon Belt both singled to account for the only Giants hits off Anderson. Over the three-game series, San Francisco mustered just three runs and hit a combined .152.
¡±It¡¯s a tough one, the whole series,¡± Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. ¡±We¡¯ve got to rebound here, get the bats going.¡±
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He found a way to top it.
¡±He was good both times. He had command of four pitches,¡± Iannetta said. ¡±He was using all four quadrants of the zone. That¡¯s really a difference maker. When you can command pitches, it makes it tough for hitters to get in a groove.¡±
Colorado had something brewing in the third, when DJ LeMahieu lined a one-out double to right. Charlie Blackmon followed with a sharp single off the glove of Joe Panik, who hustled after the baseball as LeMahieu took a wide turn. LeMahieu held at third and Suarez got the next two outs to escape the jam.
Rockies: RHP Bryan Shaw (strained calf) threw 25 pitches in a simulated game Wednesday. Black said the reliever will throw Friday and Sunday for Triple-A Albuquerque. ¡±From there, we¡¯ll make an assessment of where Bryan is,¡± Black said. ¡±But Bryan right now feels good, his arm feels great.¡±
Nolan Arenado leads the NL with 22 homers this season. And to think, he thought he might not even hit one out this season.
¡±The first month-and-a-half, felt like I wasn¡¯t going to hit any homers this year,¡± Arenado said. ¡±Now I have 22. You have to ride the wave.¡±
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Tomlinson was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento and started at third base. ¡ Colorado snapped a four-game skid on the Fourth of July. ¡ Of Colorado¡¯s three 1-0 wins on solo homers, Iannetta has the last two [url=http://www.giantscheapshops.com]Giants Cheap Jerseys[/url] , according to the team. He also accomplished the feat on July 18, 2010, at Cincinnati. ¡ The game lasted just 2 hours, 15 minutes ¨C the shortest at Coors Field this season.
Giants: Begin a four-game series against St. Louis on Thursday, with Johnny Cueto (3-0, 0.84 ERA) expected to return to the mound. Cueto was placed on the disabled list May 1 ¨C retroactive to April 29 ¨C with inflammation in his right elbow. A few days later he visited Dr. James Andrews, who diagnosed him with a strained elbow.
Rockies: Off Thursday before playing a three-game series in Seattle. RHP German Marquez (6-8, 5.14) will throw for the Rockies on Friday, while the Mariners go with RHP Felix Hernandez (8-6, 5.11).