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Cuddyer extends hit streak to 21 in Rockies' win
COLORADO 7, WASHINGTON 6

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss called
Michael Cuddyer "one of the better kept secrets in the game."



That perception might change soon.



Cuddyer homered in his first at-bat to extend the major league's
longest hitting streak this season to 21 games - and the Rockies
hung on to beat the Washington Nationals 7-6 Sunday.



Cuddyer went 3 for 4 with four RBIs to break a tie with St.
Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese for the year's top
streak, and the Rockies right fielder is now just two games shy
of matching the franchise's best run. Dante Bichette, now the
team's hitting coach, had hits in 23 consecutive games in 1995.



Cuddyer also extended his Colorado record for consecutive games
reaching base to 40.



And if all that means he gets more recognition, he wouldn't
mind.



"After 12 years of being in the big leagues, you don't like to
think of yourself as a secret," Cuddyer said with a laugh.



Not that he would mind remaining under the radar, either.



"He doesn't care about that stuff," Weiss said. "He likes to
show up, compete and work on his beard. That's all that matters
to Cuddy."



With his wife and son in attendance, Cuddyer, a Virginia native,
had an RBI single in Colorado's three-run third inning and a
two-run single in a three-run fourth, an inning Nolan Arenado
led off with a homer.



That gave Jorge De La Rosa (8-4) a 7-0 cushion. He allowed seven
hits in six innings, trading both his earned runs for outs in
the bottom of the fourth.



In his shortest start this year aside from a May outing he left
early due to lower-back spasms, Ross Detwiler (2-6) allowed a
season-high seven earned runs - three more than any other game.



Washington right fielder Jayson Werth started after missing
Saturday's game with flu-like symptoms, but he left in the
fourth inning following his second hit. Werth stretched his left
leg on first base before gesturing to the dugout for a pinch
runner.



"I think I'll be all right," Werth said. "Groins are pretty
straight forward. I've had a couple of them in the past, but
never missed any time, so I'm hoping that will be the case."



Colorado left fielder Carlos Gonzalez left the game in the
middle of the eighth inning with a leg cramp.



Washington third baseman Ryan Zimmerman had an RBI infield
single in the bottom of the eighth, and a second run scored on
the play when Rockies short stop Josh Rutledge booted the ball.
Jhonatan Solano pinch hit and lined a two-out, two-run double to
centerfield.



But Rex Brothers struck out Ian Desmond and threw a perfect
ninth, ensuring the Nationals' four-run eighth left them still a
run short. Brothers' fourth save was also Colorado's first
four-out save of the season.



"I try not to show much emotion in there," Weiss said. "But you
know that, deep down, you've got to put this game away. You've
got put this game away, because wins are precious in this
league, and when you get out to a lead like that, you've got to
put it away, because it's going to be tough enough to win in
this league as it is."



If the Rockies were looking for a stabilizing influence during
their up-and-down game, Cuddyer sounds as if he could have
provided it.



"That's the thing about hitting streaks," Cuddyer said. "The day
it's over, you go back to being a baseball player."



NOTES: Nationals manager Davey Johnson said RHP Dan Haren is
headed to the disabled list. Haren, who surrendered six earned
runs in 3 1-3 innings Saturday to drop to 4-9 with a 6.15 ERA,
said his shoulder has been bothering him his last few starts.
"Nothing really major," Haren said. "Nothing I haven't pitched
through in the past. I'm not concerned about it, but they wanted
me to take some time to get 100 percent." He said he'll probably
have an MRI this week. ... Washington OF Bryce Harper took full
on-field batting practice for the first time since going on the
disabled list June 1 (left knee bursitis). With fans arriving
early to Nationals Park to receive Harper bobbleheads, he sent
multiple pitches over the outfield wall. Before the game, Harper
tweeted, "Well that felt unreal! (hash)BP (hash)Lovethefans."
Arenado has missed only one game since the Rockies called him up
from Triple-A Colorado Springs in late April, and Weiss said
it's difficult to find days off for the rookie. "He's wound too
tight," Weiss said. "He doesn't like to sit over here for nine
innings." ... Weiss said he planned days in advance to give Todd
Helton both Saturday and Sunday off. The Rockies don't play
Monday, so the first baseman will get three straight days of
rest. ... Colorado RHP Juan Nicasio (4-3, 4.78) will face Boston
Red Sox RHP Ryan Dempster (4-8, 4.23) on Tuesday. ... Nationals
LHP Gio Gonzalez (3-3, 3.34) will face Arizona Diamondbacks RHP
Trevor Cahill (3-8, 3.92) on Tuesday. ... Rapper Wale, a D.C.
native, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

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