With his team already comfortably ahead in Sunday's 9-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies, Nationals Manager Frank Robinson came onto the field to chat with home plate umpire Jerry Layne. Robinson wanted to discuss why, in the fifth inning, Layne had issued a warning to both teams after Rockies starter Jose Acevedo hit Nationals center fielder Preston Wilson on the shoulder with a pitch.

"I was upset to the extent that it was so obvious," Robinson said. "That's what bothered me. It was so obvious that it was intentional."

The pitch came immediately after back-to-back home runs from Nick Johnson and Jose Guillen put the Nationals up 7-0. Wilson was hit with Acevedo's third pitch.

"It didn't hurt, so I didn't really care," said Wilson, a former member of the Rockies. "If he meant to hit me on purpose, I think it's kind of weak."

Wilson tried to steal second, but was thrown out. Robinson thought Wilson should have taken the opportunity to exact revenge.

"The only thing I didn't like about it is he went in head-first," Robinson said. "Acevedo's not going to pay the price for what he did, and we won't see him till maybe next year. What [Wilson] should've done is made the infielder pay the price."

Schneider on a Tear

After catching four of the first five games on the road trip, Brian Schneider sat Sunday. But Robinson sees reasons to be encouraged about the 28-year-old's prospects for the rest of the season. "He's so confident in what he's going to do and how he's going to do it, and he's having success," Robinson said. "You can see it. There's less effort."

On June 4, Schneider was hitting just .220. But since then, he has been on the longest tear of his career, going 55 for 155 (.355) to raise his average to .291. . . .

Rockies reliever Sun Woo Kim, claimed off waivers from the Nationals on Aug. 5, made his third appearance for Colorado, walking one batter in a scoreless sixth. Kim has allowed three runs in 82/3 innings for Colorado. . . .

Former Cincinnati shortstop Barry Larkin, a special assistant to General Manager Jim Bowden, joined the team here and sat in the dugout, and will continue on to Philadelphia. He has worked with shortstop Cristian Guzman, but said he'll talk to anyone who will listen. "I love to talk hitting," he said.