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Dec 3, 2012 12:34am
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WASHINGTON —Jayson Werth drew a bases-loaded walk and Wilson Ramos hit a
sacrifice fly as the Washington Nationals rallied in the eighth inning and beat
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this season. Texas earned its 10th victory later in the evening. Washington drew
three walks in the eighth and scored twice against three Astros relievers.
Houston lost its fourth in a row. Ryan Mattheus (2-0) gave up two hits and a run
in the eighth inning but got the win. Henry Rodriguez pitched a perfect ninth
for his third save. Washington starter Jordan Zimmermann allowed one run on four
hits in seven innings. He struck out three and did not walk a batter. The
Nationals trailed 2-1 when Fernando Rodriguez (0-2) gave up a walk and a single
to the first two batters in the eighth. Wesley Wright relieved and walked
Adam LaRoche, loading the bases. Rhiner Cruz then came in and walked Werth,
tying the game at 2. A forceout at the plate left the bases loaded for Ramos,
who scored LaRoche with a sacrifice fly to centre field. Houston had taken a 2-1
lead in the top of the eighth. Jason Castro led off with a double and Washington
third baseman Ryan Zimmerman held him there with a pair of highlight defensive
plays—a sliding catch in foul territory of a popped-up bunt and a diving
catch on a sharp line drive—before Jordan Schafers RBI single that just
hopped past the glove of the diving LaRoche at first. For much of the game, it
appeared the two teams were headed for a second straight 1-0 game, as the
starters held both offences in check. Zimmermann and Houstons Lucas Harrell both
pitched into the seventh inning, allowing a run apiece. It is becoming a
habitual line for Zimmermann, who is still waiting for his first win despite
allowing one earned run over seven innings in each of his three starts this
season. In his 21 innings pitched, the Nationals have scored a total of two
runs, including one in the bottom of the seventh against Houston. Rick Ankiel
doubled off the wall in left-centre field with one out and advanced to third on
Harrells balk. Roger Bernadina tied the game at 1 with a two-out double that
ended Harrells night. The Astros pushed the first run across in the fourth
without getting a ball out of the infield. Schafer led off with an infield
single, stole second, then advanced to third and scored on a pair of groundouts
to first. NOTES: Nationals RHP Chien-Ming Wang (left hamstring) threw 35 pitches
in a simulated game in Viera, Fla. Washington manager Davey Johnson said Wang
would pitch a minor league rehab assignment in five days. ... Johnson said RHP
Brad Lidge had suffered from vertigo the past four days, including Tuesday when
he earned his second save, but was feeling better Wednesday. ... Houston LF
Travis Buck left the game in the middle of the fourth with a mild left hamstring
strain after getting an RBI on Schafers run. ... Houston RHP Bud Norris (0-0,
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Minn. —If Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo is looking to teach his team something
about effort, he could use Henrik Sedin as an example. Henrik and Daniel Sedin
both scored against Minnesota for the first time in their careers to lead the
Vancouver Canucks to a 5-2 win over the fading Wild on Thursday night.
Henrik Sedin played through a sore foot that bothered him throughout warmups,
extending his consecutive games streak to 553—the second-longest active run
in the NHL. “We flat-out stink the last two months. We stink,” Yeo said. “We
come in and we dont have a good enough effort from too many guys. Thats
concerning. Im concerned about the fact that we come into games and we dont have
enough guys when we should have absolute desperation in our game playing against
a team like this. We have too many guys not ready to pay the price.”
Maxim Lapierre, Manny Malhotra and Ryan Kesler also scored for the Canucks.
Dany Heatley scored 13 seconds into the game for the Wild (25-21-8), the fastest
goal to start a game in team history. A CT scan earlier in the day on
Henrik Sedins foot came back clean and the Vancouver captain looked just fine
when he flew in behind a Wild defender and gave the Canucks (34-15-5) a 3-1 lead
early in the second period. “After warmups, I wasnt that good,” Sedin said. “But
once the game starts you get the adrenaline going a little bit. It was good.”
The Sedin twins have scored 27 career goals and totalled 107 points against
Minnesota, but Thursday was the first time both scored in the same game. Henriks
teammates enjoyed the offence he provided, but talked more about his willingness
to play through pain. “People talk about toughness, and toughness is a lot more
than dropping the gloves,” wing Byron Bitz said. “Playing through injuries and
things like that, thats toughness.” Minnesota captain Mikko Koivu returned after
missing the previous eight games with a shoulder injury and centred a line with
Heatley and Devin Setoguchi. But Koivus return wasnt enough to spark an offence
thats scored more than one goal just once in its last five games. The Wild rank
29th in the NHL in goals. “We need to figure it out somehow, whether its putting
more pucks to the net and shooting a lot more and trying to create traffic,”
centre Kyle Brodziak said. “I think we just need to get back to scoring some
dirtier goals and hopefully our confidence will come from there.” Keslers goal
was an empty-netter late in the third period. Looking to get his teams offence
going, Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault put the twins on separate lines Tuesday
agaiinst Nashville. A.J. Green Jersey. They were back together
against Minnesota and now have combined for 113 points this season. After
Heatleys quick goal, Daniel Sedin scored at 4:26 of the first with Vancouver on
a 5-on-3 power play. Lapierre made it 2-1 with 42 seconds left in the first.
Henrik Sedin made it 3-1 just 50 seconds into the second. The Wild, 3-4-1
without Koivu, went almost 20 minutes without a shot on goal to close the first
period and start the second before the Koivu-Setoguchi-Heatley line got going
again and gave Minnesota some life. The Wild had a 20-17 advantage in shots when
Malhotra tipped Kevin Bieksas wrist shot past Niklas Backstrom, causing the Wild
goalie to look up in frustration. “When it was time to be physical and be
gritty, I thought our guys were physical and gritty,” Vigneault said. Setoguchi
scored his 11th goal at 4:02 of the third period. Minnesota entered tied with
Phoenix for eighth in the Western Conference. The win brought the Canucks within
one point of idle Detroit for most in the NHL. It was also the first time in
seven games that the Canucks played in a game decided by more than one goal. “It
was great to get a regulation game and take some stress off a few people,”
goalie Cory Schneider said. “Definitely the way we want to play.” Schneider
started in net for Vancouver. Regular goalie Roberto Luongo has shut out the
Wild three straight times, all at home, but has lost three straight in Minnesota
with a 7.00 goals-against average. While Schneider was talking about finally
winning by more than a goal, Yeo was preparing to put some of his players
through a post-game workout. “Well have to look at this carefully,” Yeo said.
“What we do in practice and all the Xs and Os and all these things we talk about
are completely irrelevant right now. If we dont have complete desperation and
urgency and willingness to pay the price—its what winners do—its going to
lead to more disappointment.” Notes: Lapierre, Bieksa and Dan Hamhuis were all
given game misconducts with less than a minute to play. Cal Clutterbuck was
given a misconduct for Minnesota. ... The previous Minnesota record for fastest
goal to start a game was 21 seconds by Matt Johnson on March 23, 2003, against
Detroit. ... Minnesota placed defenceman Clayton Stoner on the injured list with
an unspecified leg injury. Yeo said Stoners status was week to week. ... Canucks
wing Dale Weise was scratched with a foot injury and defenceman Keith Ballard
was scratched with a neck injury. ... Calgary defenceman Jay Bouwmeester was at
559 consecutive games played entering Thursday. ’ ’ ’ 

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