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Rockies 10, Nationals 4: Big third inning propels heavy-hearted Rox to victory

Considering the circumstances under which this game was played, I'd say the Rockies did an absolutely tremendous job in dispatching the Washington Nationals.

Jorge De La Rosa (2-1, 4.00) pitched 5 effective-but-inefficient innings (striking out six but walking four and allowing four runs), and helped his own cause at the plate by adding two hits - one of which was a bases-clearing double as part of an 8-run third inning - to lead the Rox, who lost their good friend and team president Keli McGregor earlier in the day. In addition to JDLR, the Rockies also received multi-hit efforts from Troy Tulowitzki (who hit his first homer of the season), Brad Hawpe, Todd Helton, and Melvin Mora. Ryan Spilborghs also contributed to the third inning outburst with a two-run blast.

The Rockies' bullpen had a good effort in this one as well, as the combination of Matt Belisle, Matt Daley, Randy Flores, and Franklin Morales held the Nats scoreless for four innings. On top of that, Belisle and Morales each punched out a couple of batters.

7 - 7


Won 1


WPA Heroes: Jorge De La Rosa (combined .151), Troy Tulowitzki (.130), Ian Stewart (.106)

WPA Zeroes: Ryan Spilborghs (-.052), Matt Belisle (-.001), Jason Giambi (.000)

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Tomorrow, the Rox will send the struggling Jason Hammel (0-1, 11.42) to the hill to face John Lannan. Same time, same place.