Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Michael Cuddyer went 3-for-4 with a homer
and four RBI to extend his hitting streak to 21 games, and the Colorado
Rockies held on for a 7-6 decision over the Washington Nationals to earn a
split of a four-game series.
Nolan Arenado also homered for Colorado, while Wilin Rosario had two hits
and an RBI as well to help the Rockies record their second straight victory
after dropping the first two tests of this set.
Colorado battered Nationals starter Ross Detwiler (2-6) for nine hits over 3
2/3 innings to jump out to a 7-0 lead, then survived a four-run rally by the
Nationals in the bottom of the eighth that cut the margin to one.
Jorge De La Rosa (8-4) turned in six solid innings to earn his eighth win of
the season, holding Washington to two runs on seven hits.
Jhonatan Solano delivered a pinch-hit, two-run double in the eighth that
pulled the Nats within 7-6, with Steve Lombardozzi going 3-for-5 with a run
scored in the loss.
Cuddyer accounted for the first run of the day with an opposite-field homer to
lead off the top of the second inning, and the Rockies scored three times each
over the next two frames to temporarily break the game open.
Josh Rutledge opened with the third with a base hit before racing home on DJ
LeMahieu's one-out single to left. Detwiler was then able to get the dangerous
Carlos Gonzalez to ground into a force play, but Cuddyer and Rosario came
through with RBI singles to pad Colorado's advantage to 4-0.
Detwiler ran into more trouble in the fourth, as Arenado crushed a fastball
deep into the left-field seats for a 5-0 lead and the Rockies later loaded the
bases with three singles that ended the left-hander's afternoon. Craig Stammen
came on an relief and was promptly greeted by Cuddyer's third hit of the day,
a single that brought in two more runs.
De La Rosa, who was coming off a no-decision at Toronto in which he yielded
one hit over seven shutout innings, wasn't scored upon until the bottom of the
fourth. A Jayson Werth single followed by Ian Desmond's double put two Nats
aboard with no outs, with Chris Marrero and Kurt Suzuki driving in runs via a
groundout and sacrifice fly, respectively.
Washington failed to close the gap after stranding the bases loaded against
reliever Rob Scahill in the seventh, but struck for four runs against the
Colorado bullpen an inning afterward to pull within one.
Singles by Lombardozzi and pinch-hitter Denard Span along with a walk issued
by Matt Belisle enabled the Nationals to fill the sacks once again, with two
runs crossing the plate on Ryan Zimmerman's two-out single to short in which
Rutledge kicked the ball into the outfield and was charged with an additional
Rockies manager Walt Weiss summoned closer Rex Brothers from the bullpen, but
his first pitch was socked by Solano into the gap in left-center that cut
the margin to 7-6.
Brothers was able to strike out Desmond with the tying run on second, however,
then retired the side in order in the ninth to nail down his fourth save of
Cuddyer had been tied with St. Louis' David Freese for the longest hitting
streak in the majors this season, and he's now reached base safely in a club-
record 41 straight games ... Werth went 2-for-2 before being removed for a
pinch-runner in the fourth when sustaining an apparent injury to his left leg
... De La Rosa improved to 5-0 in six day starts this year and has allowed
just three runs in 27 innings over his last four road assignments ... The
Rockies are 16-6 on the road when scoring first and 0-15 as the visitor when
the opponent has done so ... LeMahieu finished the four-game set 7-for-18 with
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