National League Game Summary - Washington at Colorado|
(Tuesday, June 26th)
Final Score: Washington 12, Colorado 5
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Adam LaRoche hit two homers and drove in three
runs Tuesday night and the Washington Nationals routed the Colorado Rockies,
Tyler Moore had a three-run homer, Ryan Zimmerman added a solo shot among his
three hits and Michael Morse and Ian Desmond both went 4-for-5 with a pair of
RBI as the Nats scored more runs than in any other game since Davey Johnson
was hired as their manager a year ago.
They had 21 hits, matching a high since they moved to Washington, and set a
new franchise record for extra-base hits with 11.
"My hitting coach is a genius," Johnson joked. "What can I say."
The win moved the Nationals to 2-3 on a 10-game road trip.
Dexter Fowler and Jonathan Herrerra hit solo homers for the Rockies, who fell
to 4-15 since June 5. They had won the opener of the four-game series 4-2 on
Gio Gonzalez (10-3) became the fourth National League pitcher with at least 10
wins despite giving up five runs -- four earned -- in six innings. He yielded
eight hits and a walk while striking out seven and had an RBI single.
Rockies starter Christian Friedrich (4-5) came out with one down in the fifth
inning after 70 pitches.
"He pitched a lot better than his numbers indicated for the time that he was
out there," said Rockies manager Jim Tracy, who continues to hold his starters
to a 75-pitch limit in a four-man rotation.
Friedrich gave up four runs on nine hits and the Nats scored five runs off
reliever Guillermo Moscoso in the inning.
The Nationals scored all their runs between the second and sixth innings. They
took a 1-0 lead on LaRoche's first homer of the game in the second inning and
went up 3-0 in the third on Morse's two-run double.
Colorado came back to tie it with a two-out rally in the bottom of the third.
Jordan Pacheco singled and scored on Carlos Gonzalez's double for the first
run and Michael Cuddyer walked. Both runners scored on Todd Helton's single to
center -- Cuddyer when Bryce Harper sailed a throw wide to home plate.
Gonzalez helped his own cause with an RBI single in the fourth that scored
Jesus Flores, who had doubled with two outs, and the Nationals pushed their
lead to 9-3 with a five-run fifth.
Friedrich retired Harper on a fly ball to start the inning but was relieved by
Zimmerman and Morse then started the rally with back-to-back singles -- it was
Zimmerman's 1,000th career hit -- and LaRoche walked. Desmond knocked in two
with a double off the left field wall and Moore launched a three-run shot, his
third of the season, also to left.
Fowler homered on Gonzalez's second pitch of the bottom of the fifth, his
10th, but Zimmerman launched his fourth of the season in the sixth and LaRoche
homered again two batters later off Moscoso, a two-run blast that made it
Herrera's third homer of the season off Gonzalez in the bottom of the sixth
ended the scoring.
Rockies middle infielder Marco Scutaro was out for precautionary reasons after
getting hit in the head by a Stephen Strasburg fastball in the sixth inning of
Monday's game...Rockies pitching coach Bob Apodaca was reassigned within the
organization Tuesday per his own request and is now a special assistant to
general manager Dan O'Dowd. In his place, the Rockies named bullpen coach Jim
Wright and Triple-A Colorado Springs pitching coach Bo McLaughlin co-pitching
coaches...Mark DeRosa played for the first time since April 27 and hit a
ground-rule double in the ninth for the Nationals. DeRosa was activated off
the 15-day disabled list Monday after being out with a strained left
oblique....Friedrich has lost four straight starts.
06/27 01:42:17 ET