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Now up 3-1, Flores delivered the kind of knockout blow the Nationals have so rarely produced this season: a two-run double down the left-field line to cap the four-run inning — “a great inning” as Acta described it — and give Washington’s bullpen a comfortable lead.

The relievers did their job, especially Sanches, who along with left-hander Charlie Manning was called up from Columbus yesterday afternoon as part of general manager Jim Bowden’s roster overhaul. Sanches has some previous big league experience — 30 games with the Philadelphia Phillies the last two seasons — and he looked perfectly comfortable last night recording three strikeouts sandwiched around a harmless single to earn his second career win.

“Quick day, I guess,” Sanches said. “An 8 o’clock wakeup call to come here and then get thrown right into it. It’s a great feeling to come over here and contribute to a win.”


Note to Class AAA players who perform well: Make sure your cell ringtone is plenty loud.

Charlie Manning was fast asleep yesterday morning when Columbus manager Tom Foli called to tell the left-hander he had earned his first big league call-up. Foli called three times before Manning woke up and realized his manager had tried to get a hold of him.

“Well, it’s either good or bad,” Manning thought. “It worked out good.”


“I think that these moves remind everyone when they look in the mirror and they look at their card at their performance that you don’t necessarily get to stay up here. It’s a privilege and an honor, and you’ve got to work hard to stay here and work hard to get better.”

— General manager Jim Bowden on the Nationals‘ flurry of roster moves yesterday


Brewers RHP Seth McClung Record, ERA: 1-1, 3.54

Nationals LHP John Lannan Record, ERA: 4-4, 3.40

Time: 7:10 p.m. TV: MASN2

— Mark Zuckerman