The Colorado Rockies got to the ball park late, slapped-on their batting practice jerseys, and went out to defeat the Washington Nationals 7-1 and snap a 5-game road losing streak that had knocked them a game under .500. They’re back even, and thanks to another nice pitching performance by Jhoulys Chacin (6-3, 3.92) and a balanced offensive attack led by DJ LeMahieu and rookie Corey Dickerson, they’ll look to even the series tomorrow before heading to Boston for two against the Red Sox.
LeMahieu got the party started when he drove Dan Haren’s (4-9, 6.15) fifth pitch of the game over the left-field fence for a 1-0 lead. Carlos Gonzalez followed with a double and scored on a single by Big Money Michael Cuddyer, who extended his hitting streak to 20 games. Cuddyer took 2nd on the throw home then scooted over to 3rd on a Haren wild pitch. Wilin Rosario struck-out, which brought Dickerson to the plate for his first Major League at-bat. Dickerson took one then lined the next to center for a double to run the score to 3-0.
Colorado went meekly in the 2nd and 3rd, then Rosario singled to lead-off the 4th in front of Dickerson. The 24 year-old from Mississippi, who had a delegation of eight in attendance, doubled down the right-field line, pushing Rosario to 3rd. Rosario scored on another wild pitch from Haren, but after Haren retired Nolan Arenado with Dickerson at 3rd he plunked Josh Rutledge to bring Chacin to the plate. Chacin has some bat, and he knocked Dickerson home with a single to right, putting an end to the day for Haren, who left to boos from the Washington faithful. Russ Ohlendorf replaced Haren, and after he struck-out Dexter Fowler for the second out, LeMahieu came-through with the second of his 3 hits, a single in front of Denard Span that brought Rutledge around. Arenado homered to left in the 8th to make it 7-0.
Chacin meanwhile was not as efficient as he was in Sunday’s near shut-out, but he plowed through the Nationals for 7 innings, weathering nothing more frightening than a couple of runners at 2nd base. He gave-up 5 hits, walked one, and struck-out 3, throwing 94 pitches, 59 strikes. Matt Belisle pitched a perfect 8th, and Wilton Lopez handled the 9th, blowing the shut-out with a gopher ball that Ryan Zimmerman blasted into the center-field stands.
The Rockies will send Jorge De La Rosa (7-4, 3.21) to the hill tomorrow morning versus the Nats’ Ross Detwiler (2-5, 3.34) in a battle of left-handers. It’s a sleep-in 11:35 am MDT start at Nationals Park.