Rockies 5, Nationals 1
Game in a nutshell: Stephen Strasburg took the mound on another hot and humid day and the result was an overall rough outing. He ended up with another quality start after allowing just two earned runs, but eight Rockies hits and 107 pitches through six innings told a different story. Tyler Colvin hit his 12th and 13th homers of the year off Strasburg and also hit a single in the sixth. Dexter Fowler added another solo shot, this time off Tom Gorzelanny, to make it a four-run game in the seventh inning. Rockies pitcher Drew Pomeranz dominated through 6.1 with just one hit allowed and six strikeouts. The Nationals mounted a small rally in the ninth inning, but it was too little, too late.
Hitting highlight: Bryce Harper had a decent game with a bloop single in the fourth inning and a walk in the sixth, but the offensive highlight of the night was a ninth inning solo home run by Ryan Zimmerman. Zimm took a 1-1 pitch nearly to the Red Porch in left field to score the team’s lone run and cut the Rockies’ lead to 5-1.
Pitching lowlight: Strasburg could not keep Tyler Colvin in check as the Rockies’ first baseman hit a solo homer in the second inning and a two-run shot in the fourth. He also added a single off Strasburg in the sixth.
Key stat: Tyler Colvin is now 10 for 17 vs. the Nationals this season with three home runs and nine RBI.
Up next: The Nationals continue their three-game series against the Rockies as All-Star Gio Gonzalez takes the mound at 4:05 p.m. Saturday afternoon.