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Rizzo blasts Hamels as 'fake tough'

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Rizzo blasts Hamels as 'fake tough'

Usually when a pitcher hits a batter in Major League Baseball, he explains it as a pitch that got away. It is not often a professional hurler admits he hit a guy on purpose. Well, Cole Hamels may just be that old school, or whatever that makes him. If you ask Nats GM Mike Rizzo, it makes him anything but.First, here is what Hamels said to The Washington Post after the game on beaning 19-year-old Bryce Harper in the back with a fastball.I was trying to hit him, Hamels said. Im not going to deny it. Thats just you know what, its something that I grew up watching, thats what happened, so Im just trying to continue the old baseball.Hamels had no particular reason to hit Harper - the youngest player currently in the game - there was no specific event he seemed to be retaliating from. Harper even told Adam Kilgore of The Post he had no clue as to why he was hit.

Not having a clear reason for the act and going after one of his most prized assets was not something Rizzo took kindly too. This is what he told Kilgore about the sequence. The Post reporter caught up with him last night after the game, clearly still bothered by what had gone on.Players take care of themselves, Rizzo said. Ive never seen a more classless, gutless chicken bleep act in my 30 years in baseball.Cole Hamels says hes old school? Hes the polar opposite of old school. Hes fake tough. He thinks hes going to intimidate us after hitting our 19-year rookie whos eight games into the big leagues? He doesnt know who hes dealing with.Rizzo goes on and uses the word chicken bleep several more times and says this goes beyond rivalry.For the rest of his comments read Kilgores take right here. It sounds like the Philadelphia-Washington has been taken up a notch. Keep in mind this was the first series between the two teams of the 2012 season.

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Ozuna homers, Cardinals beat Nationals for 8th straight win

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Ozuna homers, Cardinals beat Nationals for 8th straight win

Marcell Ozuna homered and Austin Gomber tossed six shutout innings to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-2 win over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night.

St. Louis has won a season-high eight straight. The Cardinals, who are 18-9 since the All-Star break, captured their sixth successive series after taking the first three of the four-game set.

Daniel Murphy homered in the ninth for Washington, which has lost four in a row and seven of nine to fall below .500 and nine games behind the first-place Atlanta Braves in the NL East. The current skid began with a loss to the Cubs on a two-out, walk-off grand slam.

Ozuna homered in the second inning, his 14th of the season and his first since July 30.

Gomber (3-0), in his fourth start of the year, gave up three hits, struck out six and walked four.

Bud Norris pitched the ninth to pick up his 23rd save in 27 opportunities.

Harrison Bader and Yadier Molina added run-scoring hits for St. Louis, which improved to 19-9 since Mike Matheny was fired and replaced by interim manager Mike Shildt.

St. Louis infielder Matt Carpenter extended his on-base streak to 33 games with a walk in the fifth. It's the longest current streak in the majors. Carpenter left the game in the seventh after he was hit on the hand by a pitch from Matt Grace, but X-rays were negative.

Jeremy Hellickson (5-3) left in the fifth inning after colliding with Bader on a play at the plate following a wild pitch. Hellickson gave up three runs, two earned, on three hits in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out two and walked two.

Bader, who had three hits, also made a diving catch of a liner off the bat of Bryce Harper in the fourth.

The Cardinals, who have an NL-best 12-2 mark in August, remain one game behind Philadelphia for the second wild card spot. They are four games behind Chicago in the NL Central.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg threw a simulated game on Wednesday. He threw around 70 pitches and could be ready to return early next week, manager Dave Martinez said.

Cardinals: LHP Brett Cecil was activated from the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday. Cecil, who had been sidelined with inflammation in his right foot, pitched four scoreless innings in four appearances with Triple-A Memphis. LHP Tyler Webb was optioned to Memphis.

UP NEXT

RHP Tanner Roark (7-12, 4.12) will face RHP Luke Weaver (6-10, 4.66) in the finale of the four-game series on Thursday. Roark has won his last four decision, Weaver is 1-4 with a 5.13 ERA in nine career games against NL East foes.

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Nationals' Jeremy Hellickson exits game after collision

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Nationals' Jeremy Hellickson exits game after collision

Washington Nationals right-hander Jeremy Hellickson was removed from Wednesday night's game in St. Louis in the fifth inning after colliding with Cardinals outfielder Harrison Bader at the plate.

Hellickson was covering home after a wild pitch. He stumbled over Bader as Bader slid home safely.

Hellickson was charged with three runs, two earned, on three hits in his 4 1/3 innings. He struck out two and walked two.