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Rockies 9, Nationals 5: German Márquez battles and offense carries the day

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Daniel Murphy returns to help Márquez and the offense take the series from the Nats

The Rockies took the series from the Nationals on Wednesday despite a shaky start and finish. Márquez struggled with his command through the first three innings, culminating in a two-run homer by Juan Soto that put the Rockies in a 3-0 whole. In the bottom of the third, the Rockies answered back with 4 runs, 3 of which came on Raimel Tapia’s bases-clearing double. With the bases loaded in the 4th, Márquez punched out Adam Eaton to end the threat. He then cruised through the 7th, finishing with 7 strikeouts and 2 walks. After piling on two runs in the 4th and three in the 8th, the Rockies made things tense in the 9th, allowing two runs before Wade Davis calmed things down, earning his 3rd save of the season.

Daniel Murphy returned to the starting lineup on Wednesday afternoon, and the runs followed . When last we saw Murphy (which feels like ages ago), the Rockies had scored 12 runs in their first 2 games. Hitting third in his first game back from a finger injury, Murphy smacked a single in his first AB and walked and scored in his second. His offense was contagious, as all the big bats contributed to the Rockies’ nine runs, the most they’ve had all season.

It’s good to have you back, Murph!

Ramiel Tapia was unable to hit his 4th home run in as many games, but his bases-clearing double over the head of Eaton in the 3rd got the offense off the ground. Raimel has now hit in 8 of his last 9 games, during which he has 3 HRs, 3 2B, 2 3B, and 10 RBIs. With Desmond continuing to struggle, Tapia will likely get more run, especially against right-handed pitching.

Chuck made another good baseball play, too:

The Rockies’ 5-2 home stand got them up to 11-14. They are now just four games behind the Dodgers for 1st place in the NL West and could climb back to .500 by May 1 after beginning the season 3-12. The Rockies are off Thursday, and then they start a 3-game series in Atlanta on Friday at 5:20 MT.