Hit-happy Nats beat up on Rockies againJun 28, 2012 - 5:41 AM Denver, CO (Sports Network) - The Nationals pitching staff has received the bulk of the credit for the team's unlikely stay atop the National League East, but the headlines have shifted toward Washington's lineup in the last two games at Coors Field.
A day after amassing 21 hits, the Nationals belted out 14 more against the Rockies in a lopsided 11-5 victory.
Six Nationals recorded multi-hit games, including Ryan Zimmerman and Jhonatan Solano, who both drove in three runs. Zimmerman, Ian Desmond and Tyler Moore all homered to overshadow a solid performance by starter Jordan Zimmermann.
"I don't think anybody here is really searching for confidence. We know we can play," said Desmond. "We've been playing good baseball all year long. It's nice to see the bats turning around."
Zimmermann (4-6) snapped a five-start winless stretch by scattering eight hits and three walks in seven innings of one-run ball.
His counterpart, Edwar Cabrera (0-1), failed to make it out of the third inning in his first career start, as the 24-year-old lefty was touched for seven runs -- five earned -- on five hits and three walks.
Washington improved to 3-3 on a 10-game road trip and dropped Colorado to 4-16 since June 5.
The Nationals jumped out to an 8-0 lead by the third inning, scoring once in the first frame when Bryce Harper scored on a Zimmerman groundout.
Moore, also a rookie, took Cabrera deep over the center field wall for a two- run shot in the second, and Danny Espinosa singled in Solano for a 4-0 lead.
Zimmerman and Desmond hit solo blasts in the third, and Cabrera was mercifully pulled after giving up a one-out walk to Mark DeRosa, who eventually scored on a Solano double.
Marco Scutaro's RBI single in the bottom half got Colorado on the board, only to have Zimmerman knock in Harper in Washington's next at-bat.
DeRosa's sacrifice fly in the seventh pushed Washington into double digits, and Solano made it 11-1 later in the frame with an RBI single.
The Rockies scored four runs over the final two innings off Washington's bullpen. Tyler Colvin, Jordan Pacheco, Dexter Fowler and Scutaro each drove in a run
"It is encouraging. We're definitely built to hit," Colvin said about the Rockies' late-game rally. "It's one of those things where you just have to stay in the game, keep plugging away and scoring some runs."
Desmond has five extra-base hits in his last two games...Cabrera was called up from Double-A Tulsa prior to the game...The Rockies also had 14 hits, including two from Fowler, Scutaro, Pacheco, Colvin and Carlos Gonzalez...Washington's Edwin Jackson will start opposite the winless Josh Outman in the finale of this four-game series Thursday afternoon.
- WASHINGTON: 11
Jun 27 11:46 PM
- Carlos Gonzalez flied out to center. Runner on first with one out and Michael Cuddyer due up.
Nationals 11, Rockies 5 Bot 9, 1 OutJun 27 11:38 PM
- Dexter Fowler double to left center scored Jonathan Herrera with none out. Runner on second and Marco Scutaro due up.
Nationals 11, Rockies 4 Bot 9, 0 OutsJun 27 11:34 PM
- Jordan Pacheco single to center scored Tyler Colvin with one out. Runner on first and Chris Nelson due up.
Nationals 11, Rockies 3 Bot 8, 1 OutJun 27 11:17 PM
- Tyler Colvin double to center scored Carlos Gonzalez with one out. Runner on second and Jordan Pacheco due up.
Nationals 11, Rockies 2 Bot 8, 1 OutJun 27 11:16 PM
- Jordan Zimmermann walked. Runners on first and second with two outs and Danny Espinosa due up.
Nationals 11, Rockies 1 Top 7, 2 OutsJun 27 10:47 PM
- Mark DeRosa sacrifice fly to center scored Michael Morse with one out. On the play, Ian Desmond advances to third. Runner on third and Tyler Moore due up.
Nationals 10, Rockies 1 Top 7, 1 OutJun 27 10:43 PM
- Ryan Zimmerman double to right scored Bryce Harper with none out. Runner on second and Michael Morse due up.
Nationals 9, Rockies 1 Top 4, 0 OutsJun 27 9:58 PM
- Marco Scutaro single to left scored Wilin Rosario with two outs. Runner on first and Carlos Gonzalez due up.
Nationals 8, Rockies 1 Bot 3, 2 OutsJun 27 9:49 PM
- Jhonatan Solano double to left center scored Mark DeRosa and Tyler Moore with one out. Runner on second and Jordan Zimmermann due up.
Nationals 8, Rockies 0 Top 3, 1 OutJun 27 9:38 PM
- Ian Desmond one-out, solo Home Run (12) to center. Mark DeRosa due up.
Nationals 6, Rockies 0 Top 3, 1 OutJun 27 9:29 PM
- Ryan Zimmerman lead-off Home Run (5) to left. Michael Morse due up.
Nationals 5, Rockies 0 Top 3, 0 OutsJun 27 9:25 PM
- Danny Espinosa single to right scored Jhonatan Solano with one out. On the play, Jordan Zimmermann advances to second. Runners on first and second and Bryce Harper due up.
Nationals 4, Rockies 0 Top 2, 1 OutJun 27 9:15 PM
- Tyler Moore one-out, two-run Home Run (4) to center scored Mark DeRosa. Jhonatan Solano due up.
Nationals 3, Rockies 0 Top 2, 1 OutJun 27 9:07 PM
- Ryan Zimmerman grounded out second to first, scoring Bryce Harper with two outs. None on and Michael Morse due up.
Nationals 1, Rockies 0 Top 1, 2 OutsJun 27 8:47 PM
- WASHINGTON: 0
Top 1, 1 Out
Jun 27 8:45 PM
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