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Rockies 4, Nationals 3: Late HR by Clint Barmes looms large as Rox hold on

Clint Barmes picked a hell of a time to hit his first career home run to center field (and second career home run to anywhere but left field).

With one out in the top of the ninth, Barmes took Tyler Clippard deep, for just his eighth hit in his last 68 road at-bats. Clint's solo homer (19) gave the Rockies a 4-2 lead, which was a huge deal considering Huston Street allowed a run on three hits in the bottom half before Ryan Zimmerman hit a fly ball off the end of the bat to Carlos Gonzalez to end the game.

Speaking of CarGo, he hit his third home run in as many games (and seventh on the season) - a solo shot in the top of the eighth off of Sean Burnett, to break a 2-2 tie. Brad Hawpe also homered again (17) - a slightly opposite field blast off of Craig Stammen, to give the Rox an early 1-0 advantage. Other than the three solo homers, the Rockies had a tough time on offense. They only picked up six hits, and no player had more than one. On a positive note, the Rox didn't reach double digits in K's (only 7), and nobody struck out more than once.

Ubaldo Jimenez pitched through some early struggles and picked up the victory to improve his record to 11-9. He did the club a huge solid by going eight innings, while only allowing two runs on seven hits and striking out five.

66 - 53



Won 2


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Tomorrow: Jason Marquis (13-8) vs. Collin Balester (1-2). Same time, same place.