Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Archer's Gem Gets Wasted in Loss Rodriguez Serves Up 2 Hrs in 8th

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Archer's Gem Gets Wasted in Loss Rodriguez Serves Up 2 Hrs in 8th

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WASHINGTON - Richard Rodriguez gave up back-to-back two-out homers to Adam Eaton and Howie Kendrick in the eighth inning Saturday as the Pirates fell, 3-2, against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park.

The Pirates took a 2-1 lead into the eighth inning, and Rodriquez had two strikes against Eaton before his home run.

"You have to finish things on this level," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "The game is nine innings was a heck of an idea back in the day.

"You have two strikes and two outs, and we didn't finish. That team stayed in the fight the same way we stayed in the fight last night."

Hurdle said Friday that Melky Cabrera would start Saturday and Sunday due to favorable matchups against Washington Nationals starters Anibal Sanchez and Max Scherzer.

Cabrera proved Hurdle right with a two-out solo home run in the sixth inning off Sanchez that gave the Pirates a 2-1 lead.

"Definitely was a bad location on that pitch, I think I [should've] bounced it in front of the plate, but besides that, wasn't the pitch at that point," Sanchez said. "I think it's the only mistake that I made all day long about the hitters. I think I got a pretty good pitch to attack the outside zones against Melky.

"I know Melky for a while, I know where I can miss, where I cannot and thinking I'd go my last pitch in that situation, the thing is the only mistake I made all day."

Cabrera had the first hit of the game with a single and finished 3 for 4. Sanchez is 35 and in his 14th major league season. Cabrera turns 35 in August and this is his 14th season in the majors for the oldest Pirates player. Hurdle is a baseball historian and enjoyed the matchup.

"You guys probably couldn't see the facial expressions between the two, but you can tell that they were out there competing hard and having fun. They go way back. …

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