David Hale wasn’t particularly great in his return from the Disabled List, giving-up 5 runs in a 5 inning appearance, but it didn’t matter to the Colorado Rockies when the group that came on in relief of Hale gave-up 9 hits, 7 bases-on-balls, and 10 runs in 4 frames of work as the Washington Nationals snapped a 6-game losing streak to beat Colorado 15-6 Monday night at Coors Field in Denver. Jordan Zimmermann (9-8, 3.44) got the win for the Nationals despite allowing 6 runs (4 earned) on 9 Rockies’ hits in a 6 inning stretch.
The Nats went-up early, scoring 2 in the 1st on a walk to Bryce Harper and Yunel Escobar’s home run. Colorado came right-back to tie when Carlos Gonzalez, who later left the contest with knee inflammation, lifted a moon shot to right with Jose Reyes aboard, then took a 3-2 lead when Nolan Arenado doubled and scored on a ground ball and an error by Washington shortstop Ian Desmond. They ran it to 4-2 in the 2nd on a homer by Reyes, who was 4 for 5.
The Nats tied it in the 3rd on a Danny Espinosa double, another walk to Harper (who had 4), and singles by Escobar and Desmond. Washington went ahead in the 4th on a Jayson Werth single and Espinosa double with 2-out. The teams traded single runs in the 5th, and the Rockies tied it in the 6th when Kyle Parker knocked one into the left-field pavilion.
Gonzalez Germen pitched a clean 6th for Colorado, then Justin Miller (1-2, 3.63) walked 2 and gave up a single for a run in the 7th, Tommy Kahnle walked 3 and gave-up 4 singles and 4 runs in the 8th, and Scott Oberg and Christian Friedrich used 2 walks and 3 hits to allow 3 more Nationals runs in the 9th.
A stunned Rockies’ offense went 0 for the final 3 as the team looks to put things back together for another 6:40 MDT start tonight against the group from DC down in LoDo. Lefty Jorge De La Rosa goes for Colorado against Washington right-hander Stephen Strasburg in a battle of aces.