The Nationals offense came to life in the bottom of the third against Chad Bettis, after Jayson Werth and Daniel Murphy hit back-to-back singles. After a passed ball by Nick Hundley allowed the runners to advance, Bryce Harper drove in the first run with an RBI groundout to shortstop. Wilson Ramos followed with a sharp single to right field, giving the Nationals a 2-0 lead.
The Rockies countered in the bottom of the third off Gio Gonzalez, after Charlie Blackmon continued his hot streak with a double to center field. DJ LeMahieu followed with a two-run bomb to left-center field, tying the game at two.
After the bottom of the third, the two teams went into a two hour, five minute rain delay, which caused both starting pitchers to be replaced by relievers.
Chris Rusin came on in relief of Bettis, and put together three stellar innings. He allowed three hits and struck out two while walking none. The three scoreless innings dropped his ERA to 3.99 on the year.
On the other side, Yusmeiro Petit came in for Gio Gonzalez and put together three solid innings, allowing just one run one three hits.
With a 3-2 lead in the bottom the seventh, the Rockies offense was able to cushion their lead. After Nolan Arenado drove in his second run of the night with a sac fly, National's reliever Blake Treinen intentionally walked Carlos Gonzalez to load the bases for David Dahl. This proved to be a bad decision, as the shining rookie promptly delivered a two-run double down the left field line and drove in two runs. Gonzalez attempted to be the third run, but was thrown out at the plate.
Adam Ottavino came in to close things out with a 1-2-3 inning to secure the victory.