The Rockies made it interesting in a way that has become all too familiar for fans of the team. After the Nationals brought a 7-0 deficit to 7-6 in the eighth, Rex Brothers struck out Ian Desmond on three pitches with the tying run on third and then pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his fourth save. Brothers --despite allowing two inherited runners to score on a pinch-hit double from Jhonatan Solano -- ran his scoreless inning streak to 29 innings tying Gabe White's club record for scoreless innings in relief, Ubaldo Jimenez has the overall record of 33.
Speaking of streaking, Michael Cuddyer extended his hitting streak to 21 games with a solo shot -- his 11th -- in the second inning, it is the longest such streak in the majors this year. Cuddyer has also reached base in 40 consecutive games, a club record. This time, Cuddyer did more then just extend the streak with a lone base hit as he had done in the previous six contests, he instead tacked on two more base hits with an RBI single in the third and a two RBI single in the fourth.
Nolan Arenado crushed his seventh home run of the year with a solo shot to the left field stands off of Ross Detwiler in the fourth. It was Arenado's second consecutive game with a home run. For Detwiler, it was a rough afternoon. Detwiler was pulled after just 3 2/3 innings in which he allowed all seven Rockies runs and nine hits. It was the Nationals bullpen that pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings to give Washington a chance.
Jorge De La Rosa was not sharp out of the gate as he walked two batters in the first inning before working out of it. Jorge certainly didn't seem to have his best stuff today, but he made pitches when he had too and still pitched a very solid ballgame. His final line: six innings, seven hits, two runs, three walks, and four strikeouts.
Rob Scahill worked a shaky, albeit scoreless seventh before Matt Belisle made it a real nail biter. Belisle -- who has been a bit up and down this year after several seasons of dominant relief work -- pitched just 2/3 of an inning and gave up four runs. Two of the runs were allowed to score after he left the game, but Belisle still wasn't sharp. He didn't help his own cause either as he misplayed a Stephen Lombardozzi hit, it would have been a tough play, but it was make-able play in my opinion. Josh Rutledge also misplayed a ball at short that could have ended the inning.
Rex Brothers came on and promptly gave up a two RBI double before calming down and recording the final four outs and ending the game. It wasn't the way the Rockies want to end a game, but a win is a win, especially on the road. The Rockies will be happy to have this one as they rest up on their off tomorrow before playing Boston at Fenway for a mini two-game set.
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