With the win, the Rockies move to 14-6, the best record in the National League, just percentage points behind Baltimore for the best record in baseball.
Tony Wolters got the Rockies on the board against Nationals starter Jacob Turner with a single to drive in Carlos Gonzalez, who had a base hit earlier in the inning. It was the first of three hits on the night for Wolters, who raised his average to .351 this season.
The game remained 1-0 in the Rockies’ favor as starter Tyler Anderson cruised through the first five innings, allowing just two hits and a walk. However, Anderson ran into trouble in the sixth, allowing three straight hits with one out to give Washington a 2-1 lead. After he retired Daniel Murphy, a two-run home run by Ryan Zimmerman chased Anderson from the game and gave the Nationals a 4-1 lead.
Fortunately, the Rockies also got to Turner in the sixth, as a Nolan Arenado triple (yes, you read that correctly) set the table for a two-run home run by Mark Reynolds that cut the Rockies’ deficit to 4-3.
After reliever Carlos Estevez retired the Nationals in order in the top of the seventh, the Rockies took the lead in the bottom half. With two outs, pinch hitter Pat Valaika doubled and Charlie Blackmon hit a two-run home run against Washington reliever Enny Romero, giving the Rockies a 5-4 lead.
The Rockies blew the game open in the bottom of the eighth, starting the inning with five straight singles against Nationals reliever Blake Treinen, extending the lead to 7-4. The Rockies added an eighth run on a ground out by Blackmon, taking a four-run lead.
Closer Greg Holland came on in the ninth, and despite allowing a double and a walk, finished off the 8-4 win.
The Rockies will look for their fifth straight win on the homestand tomorrow night, with a pitcher to be determined (likely German Marquez) taking on the Nationals’ Joe Ross. First pitch will be at 6:40 p.m. Mountain time.