The Washington Times - August 6, 2009, 06:43PM

You know how in the NHL, they do the Three Stars of the Game? Well, I don’t know how you could pick only three stars out of today’s 12-8 Nationals victory. Just about everyone on the roster played a hand in this one. Here’s a few of the heroes…

— Ryan Zimmerman, who went 4-for-4 with a walk, a homer, a triple, three runs scored and three RBI. Zim is back to his top form again. Over his last 13 games, he’s batting .449 with eight homers, 18 RBI and 20 runs.


— Elijah Dukes, who went 3-for-4 with a homer and RBI in four straight plate appearances (a single in the fourth, a sacrifice fly in the fifth, a homer in the seventh and a single in the eighth).

— Cristian Guzman, who started the winning rally in the eighth with a leadoff walk after falling behind in the count 0-2. Huge plate appearance there from a guy not exactly known for his patient approach.

— Nyjer Morgan, who dropped a perfect sac bunt to move Guzman into scoring position and set up…

— Ronnie Belliard, whose RBI single up the middle scored Guzman and gave the Nationals their first lead of the afternoon.

— Logan Kensing, who did give up a 2-run homer to John Baker but otherwise did a fine job in churning out 3 1/3 innings of relief after Craig Stammen was knocked out in the second.

— Jason Bergmann, who escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the sixth.

— Jorge Sosa, who after throwing two innings last night tossed 1 2/3 more scoreless innings today to earn the win. And since Mike MacDougal was unavailable after pitching four straight days, Sosa had to serve as fill-in closer.

— Jim Riggleman, who deftly managed this entire game, using 18 different players and making all the right moves at the right time to even his record since taking over to 11-11.

That’s how you rally from six runs down to win. That’s how you win five in a row. And that’s how you win nine of 13.