“Big Money” jumped started the Rockies to a 7-0 lead off starter Ross Detwiler with four RBIs in his first three ABs. The Rockies held on for a 7-6 win after Rex Brothers was called upon for a four-out save. “Big Money” hit a solo HR in the second inning, drove in a run with a single in the third inning, and had a two-run single in the fourth inning. D.J. LeMahiru and Wilin Rosario added run scoring singles to go along with Nolan Arenado’s 7th blast of the year. The entire offense had just four hits off the Nationals bullpen after Detwiler was chased.
Washington scratched out two runs off Jorge De La Rosa (8-4) in the fourth inning after Roger Bernardina and Ian Desmond led off the inning with a single and a double, respectively. Both scored on two sacrifices. The Nationals made a four run rally off slumping reliever Matt Belisle. They had the bases loaded with two outs when Ryan Zimmerman grounded an infield hit up the middle that Josh Rutledge kicked away. At that point Brothers came in and promptly gave up a two-run double to pinch hitter Jhonaton Solano that made the score 7-6 and Desmond up at the plate. In the most critical battle of the game, Brothers won the matchup with a strike out. He promptly finished the game with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
With the victory, the Rockies went back up north of .500 (39-38) and won yet another Sunday game. They have a day off tomorrow before playing a short two-game set in Boston. The DH will be in play and hopefully the offense will keep streaking. Not to make excuses, but the Toronto Blue Jays are still on a win streak of their own, picking up their 11th consecutive win today where the Rockies were the victims in three of their games. Arizona, San Francisco, and San Diego all lost today enabling the Rockies to move up into third place four games (I look at the loss column) back of the front runners and a percentage point behind the Giants.