Full speed ahead: Rodriguez robs Nats of a hit

Pirates right fielder chases down liner and makes a diving catch

Full speed ahead: Rodriguez robs Nats of a hit

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals scored one run off Gerrit Cole in the first inning on Saturday to take an early lead, but the damage could have been much worse if not for a spectacular diving catch by Pirates right fielder Sean Rodriguez.

With a runner on second base and two outs, Rodriguez got a great read on a line drive off Clint Robinson's bat and chased the ball down in the right-center gap to end the inning. He made the catch in a full dive, with his back partially to home plate. Per Statcast™, Rodriguez covered 105 feet on the play with a 98 percent route efficiency and reached a top speed of 19.3 miles per hour. Pittsburgh lost, 6-0.

Rodriguez started in right field Saturday in place of the injured Gregory Polanco. It was the super utility man's 11th start of the season at the position.

Alex Putterman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.