Rockies 8, Nationals 3: Colvin homers twice

Tyler Colvin hit a pait of home runs in the Rockies' 8-3 win over the Nationals. - USA TODAY Sports

In his first Major League start of 2013, Tyler Colvin hit two home runs to lead the Rockies to a win over Dan Haren and the Nationals.

On his return to the Rockies starting lineup, Tyler Colvin hit a pair of home runs, Carlos Gonzalez added one of his own and the Rockies beat the Washington Nationals, 8-3.

Rockies starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin, who was battling flu-like symptoms, struggled early, escaping trouble in the first before coughing up a pair of runs in the second. However, those were the only two runs Chacin allowed in five innings of work. He allowed seven hits, walked two and struck out two.

Despite the solid effort, Chacin was still on the hook for the loss as the game headed into the bottom of the fifth inning thanks to a solid performance to that point from Washington starter Dan Haren. Haren allowed no runs on just two hits, a double to Nolan Arenado and a single to Troy Tulowitzki through four innings.

The Rockies finally got to Haren, who entered the game with a 5.45 ERA, in the fifth. After a five-pitch walk to Wilin Rosario to start the inning, Colvin hit his first home run of the night to tie the game at two. Haren then gave up a single to Jordan Pacheco and a double to Dexter Fowler, putting two men on for Carlos Gonzalez, who hit his team-leading 18th home run to give the Rockies a 5-2 lead, one which they would not relinquish.

The Nationals got a run back in the eighth on Ian Desmond's RBI single, but the Rockies answered in the bottom of the inning with Colvin's second two-run homer of the night and Arenado's run-scoring double play. Rob Scahill pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to finish off the win.

Source: FanGraphs

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