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Nationals 4, Rockies 1
Game in a nutshell: The Nationals took an early lead with a solo home run to opposite field by Ian Desmond in the second inning. Colorado tied the game in the fourth on a sacrifice fly, but Washington found their stroke in the 6th inning by scoring three runs. Gio Gonzalez threw a lot of pitches, but ended up with another gem as he now heads to Kansas City to represent the Nationals in the 2012 All-Star game.
Hitting highlight: The Nationals scored three runs in the sixth inning due to some unusual plays. Danny Espinosa led the inning off with a double off the right-center field wall. Then Bryce Harper advanced him to third on a bloop single he almost got thrown out on trying to stretch a double. Ryan Zimmerman singled Espinosa home and sent Harper to third. Josh Roenicke then threw a wild pitch that Zimmerman tried to steal on, catcher Wilin Rosario threw it off the mark and Harper was able to score from home. Then another error later in the inning, this time trying to pick off Ian Desmond at first, sent Zimmerman home from third.
Pitching highlight: Gio Gonzalez threw 102 pitches (60 strikes) in 6.0 innings but allowed only one earned run and three hits. He walked three batters and struck out six for another overall solid outing by the Nationals lefty.
Key stat: Ian Desmond now has homers in three of his last five games and 16 overall on the season. That’s first for shortstops in the National League and sixth overall in the N.L.
Up next: The final game before the All-Star break as Jordan Zimmermann goes for the series win vs. Jeremy Guthrie and the Rockies. First pitch is at 1:35 p.m.