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Ross Detwiler (2-5, 3.34 ERA) is making his his 11th start of the season and his second against the Rockies in just the last ten days. On June 13 Detwiler took a no decision after allowing three earned runs in five innings in Colorado. The lefty has a 6.19 ERA through four total appearances against the Rockies.
Pitching for Colorado is left-hander Jorge De La Rosa (7-4, 3.21) who allowed three runs against the Nats on June 12 in a Rockies loss. He is 3-2 with a 4.84 ERA against the Nationals in six career starts.
Jayson Werth is back in the Nats' lineup after a one-game absence due to an illness. He is hitting cleanup with Adam LaRoche and Denard Span getting the day off.
Stay tuned for updates throughout the game...
COLORADO ROCKIES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:35 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, WUSA-9, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500)
Weather: Scattered thunderstorms, 85 degrees
NATIONALS (37-37)1:43 p.m. -- Ross Detwiler started the day off with a perfect first inning, featuring strikeouts of Fowler and Gonzalez. He even got D.J. LeMahieu out which has been quite the task for Nats pitchers over the last few days. Detwiler threw 14 pitches (9 strikes).
CF Jeff Kobernus
2B Anthony Rendon
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Jayson Werth
SS Ian Desmond
1B Chris Marrero
C Kurt Suzuki
LF Steve Lombardozzi
LHP Ross Detwiler
CF Dexter Folwer
2B D.J. LeMahieu
LF Carlos Gonzalez
RF Michael Cuddyer
C Wilin Rosario
1B Jordan Pacheco
3B Nolan Arenado
SS Josh Rutledge
LHP Jorge De La Rosa
HP Rob Drake
1B Joe West (cc)
2B Sam Holbrook
3B Andy Fletcher
1:57 p.m. -- The Nationals got three men on base in the first, but came away with nothing. Kobernus led off with a walk, but was thrown out on a steal attempt. Zimmerman walked and Werth singled with two outs, but a Desmond pop up on the first pitch ended the inning. De La Rosa is at 18 pitches (10 strikes).
2:03 p.m. -- We are no longer tied as a Michael Cuddyer solo home run to right field puts the Rockies up 1-0. Detwiler's at 25 pitches through two.
2:11 p.m. -- Lombardozzi reached base on a bunt with two outs, landing at second after a throwing error to first by Arenado. But Detwiler promptly struck out to end the frame. De La Rosa needed only ten pitches and is at 28 through two innings.
2:30 p.m. -- The Rockies put three more on the board in the third inning to make it a 4-0 game. Rutledge, LeMahieu, Cuddyer, and Rosario all singled and Fowler added a walk. LeMahieu had the first RBI of the frame to continue his tear this series against the Nats. In this four-game set he is 8-for-15 with a homer and 5 RBI. Detwiler is at 54 pitches already and probably won't be out there much longer.
2:36 p.m. -- The Nats went three up, three down in the bottom of the third. Kobernus, Rendon, and Zimmerman all went down with flyouts. De La Rosa is settling in and has thrown just 37 pitches through three. No signs of like for the Nats' offense.
2:52 p.m. -- Another three runs in the fourth inning off Detwiler and Craig Stammen in relief and we have ourselves another blowout. Arenado got things started with a solo homer off Detwiler and Cuddyer added two more runs with a two RBI single with two outs. On to the bottom of the fourth we go with a 7-0 score.
3:03 p.m. -- The bottom of the fourth was quite eventful for the Nationals. They scored two runs to make it 7-2, one on a groundout by Marrero and another on sac fly by Suzuki. Werth also came out of the game after hitting a single. He jogged slowly into first base and moments later was replaced by Roger Bernadina who scored the first run. We'll see what Werth's situation is after the game.
3:10 p.m. -- Wilin Rosario led off with a single in the top of the fifth, but a nice double play by Desmond and a Rutledge flyout ended the frame. Still 7-2 as Nats are up in the bottom of the inning.
3:24 p.m. -- Rendon hit a one out double to make things interesting in the bottom of the fifth. He was joined on base by Zimmerman who walked, but a Bernadina sac bunt and a Desmond strikeout gave the Nats three outs and the end of the inning. Still 7-2.
3:29 p.m. -- A quick three up, three down for Stammen to get through the sixth inning. Nats will send Marrero, Suzuki, and Lombardozzi up next with a five run deficit.
3:41 p.m. -- Marrero led off the sixth with a single to left field, but Suzuki, Lombardozzi and a pinch-hitting Tracy all got out to end the inning. Ian Krol is now in to pitch for Washington as we move to the seventh.
3:47 p.m. -- Krol make quick work of Gonzalez, Cuddyer, and Rosario in the seventh. It's the top of the order for the Nats in the bottom of the inning to face Rob Scahill who replaced De La Rosa.
4:02 p.m. -- The Nats loaded the bases with Rendon and Bernadina each getting singles and Desmond a walk, but with two outs Marrero popped up to shallow right to end the inning. Still 7-2 with the eighth inning up next.
4:07 p.m. -- Another crisp inning for Krol in the eighth. The young lefty is now through 8 2/3 innings in his MLB career without allowing a run and just one hit on his resume.
4:30 p.m. -- The Nats nearly came back in the eighth inning with four runs scored. Lombardozzi and Span singled and Jeff Kobernus then walked to load the bases. A Zimmerman single and Solano double brought home four runners to make it a one run game. It's 7-6 now.
4:37 p.m. -- Fernando Abad came in to pitch the bottom of the ninth and allowed a one out single to Fowler. That was it for the Rockies though as the Nats head to the bottom of the ninth looking to complete the comeback. It's still 7-6 with Marrero, Suzuki, and Lombardozzi up next.
4:43 p.m. -- Rex Brothers shuts it down as the Nats fall 7-6 to the Rockies and to 37-38 on the season.