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The Rockies defeat the Nationals 6-4

The Rockies rode three solo home runs and timely hitting to a win.

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The Rockies beat the Nationals 6-4 this afternoon.

Early in the game, the story was the long ball. Carlos Gonzalez opened up the scoring with a solo home run off of Max Scherzer in the first inning. In the bottom of the second, Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth hit back to back homers off of Yohan Flande. Zimmerman added another in the third inning to make it a 3-1 game. In the fourth, Daniel Descalso (!) hit a solo home run off of Scherzer to cut the Nationals' lead to 3-2. CarGo then led off the sixth with a home run to tie the game. It was his second of the game, his 25th of the season, and the sixth solo dinger on the day.

The Rockies took the lead later in the sixth when Kyle Parker singled home Ben Paulsen, who had doubled earlier in the inning. In the bottom half of the inning, the Nationals put together a walk, a single, and a fielder's choice to tie the game at four.

The Nationals threatened in the seventh inning. Anthony Rendon led off with a double off of Boone Logan. Logan then struck out Bryce Harper before Walt Weiss replaced him with John Axford. Ryan Zimmerman then hit a line drive single to right field. Rendon attempted to score, but CarGo threw him out with a perfect throw to home plate to record the second out.

The Rockies took the lead in the eighth against Drew Storen. Ben Paulsen led off with a single, and Michael McKenry attempted to bunt him to second base. Fortunately for the Rockies (and unfortunately for McKenry's fingers), he was hit by a pitch, putting two on base. Descalso bunted them both over, and DJ LeMahieu, who entered as part of a double switch in the seventh, singled Parker and McKenry home.

Tommy Kahnle came in for what turned out to be an eventful ninth inning. Rendon led off with a groundball to Arenado, who made his third (!!) error on the day. Kahnle walked Yunel Escobar but then got Harper to pop out. But Kahnle walked Zimmerman afterward to load the bases with one out. Kahnle then struck out Werth with a 95 mph fastball and got Ian Desmond to ground out to finish off the game, as well as the series.


Source: FanGraphs

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