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Rockies use five-run eighth inning to bury Nats

DENVER (AP) -- Infield hits by the Colorado Rockies did in the
Washington Nationals on Thursday night.

Jamey Carroll got the go-ahead hit, one of three straight
infield singles in a five-run eighth inning that led the Rockies to
a 10-5 victory.

"We couldn't make plays," Nationals manager Frank Robinson
said. "We couldn't make routine plays."

Washington overcame a 5-3, eighth-inning deficit when Austin
Kearns hit an RBI single and scored on Brian Schneider's double off
Jeremy Affeldt.

Troy Tulowitzki singled off Ryan Wagner (3-3) leading off the
bottom half and stole second, and Jeff Salazar was walked
intentionally. After pinch-hitter Vinny Castilla flied out, Carroll
bounced a ball off the glove of Wagner, and Tulowitzki came home
from second.

"Once the ball went off Wagner's glove, I knew I was going to
be safe at first," Carroll said. "Then, I look around and see
that Troy was halfway to home, and I was surprised."

Wagner blamed himself for not getting Carroll's bouncer.

"I've got to make that play," he said. "I'm a sinkerball
pitcher that looks to get plays like that and make them."

Todd Helton followed with a grounder that Nick Johnson stopped
behind the first-base bag as Salazar scored, and Garrett Atkins
singled to shortstop as Carroll came home to make it 8-5.

"We score to get runs to get back into games then give them
back," Robinson said. "I'm tired of seeing these kinds of
games."

Matt Holliday, who earlier hit a two-run homer, hit a
run-scoring single to right that chased Wagner, Felix Rodriguez
relieved and Atkins scored when George Lombard failed to come up
with Brad Hawpe's line drive to right, getting charged with an
error.

"Lombard didn't lose the ball in the lights," Robinson said.
"The ball missed his glove."

Manny Corpas (1-1) retired the final batter of the eighth to get
the win in a matchup of last-place teams that started 2 hours, 11
minutes late because of rain.

"It has been a tough stretch for us," Colorado manager Clint
Hurdle said, "so for us to answer back to the two runs they scored
with five, and make some things happen there, was very
encouraging."

Salazar, making his major league debut, was 2-for-2 with a walk,
RBI and two runs.

Colorado took a 2-0 lead on sacrifice flies by Atkins in the
first and Jeff Salazar in the second. After Alfonso Soriano's RBI
single in the third, the Rockies made it 4-1 on Holliday's homer in
the bottom half

Ryan Church hit an RBI double in the fourth, but Carroll chased
starter Jason Bergmann with a bloop run-scoring single that gave
the Rockies a 5-2 lead in the bottom half.

Johnson hit his 20th homer of the season in the sixth, a drive
off Aaron Cook.<

Game notes
Kearns was out of the starting lineup for a second straight
game with a sore groin. ... Nationals OF Alex Escobar has surgery
to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. ... Cook threw out
Schneider from his knees after making a diving stop of a grounder.