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Jason Bay has produced what seemed like a breakout game before, only to slip right back into a funk. But given his work in recent days with hitting coach Dave Hudgens to revert his swing to its 2009 Boston Red Sox look, Bay felt his game-tying two-run homer in the sixth inning Saturday against Nats left-hander Tom Gorzelanny was a sign of progress.
“I kind of felt like the old me -- the process anyway,” Bay said. “And it was nice to get that result.”
• Ronny Paulino threw to second base for one caught stealing from his knees and managed to get through his first game since Aug. 22 despite dealing with a broken big right toe. Paulino was uncomfortable, but said he would be able to continue his resumption of catching duties.
“I felt it, but I feel that I can play through,” Paulino said.
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• Manny Acosta tossed two scoreless innings with five strikeouts and has now contributed five straight run-free outings, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out 11 in 6 2/3 innings during that span.
“Everything was working tonight,” Acosta said. “A couple of sliders I threw out of the zone, but my fastball, my changeup, everything was OK. And a couple of sliders I threw good when I needed it.”
• Jose Reyes said he will remain in the lineup Sunday. Terry Collins said pregame Saturday there was a chance Reyes would get his first game off since returning from the disabled list in the series finale.
• Lucas Duda, who played with Tom Milone at Southern Cal, did not know the southpaw was capable of the three-run homer he slugged off Dillon Gee in his first major league plate appearance. Duda said Milone was solely a pitcher with the Trojans -- not on a position player who batted on non-throwing days.
“I didn’t know he could swing it that well,” Duda said. “It was surprising actually. I didn’t know he was that good.”
Said Gee: “We were told going into the game that he was a good hitting pitcher. We had heard he liked to go the other way real well, though. At that point I was just trying to get ahead with a fastball middle-in, trying to make it hard for him to go the other way. He put a good swing on it and pulled it. I definitely wish I could have it back.”