Washington Nationals Drop 3rd Straight, 2-1 To Colorado Rockies. Jayson Werth DP Grounder Ends Rally In 9th.

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 09: Jayson Werth #28 of the Washington Nationals walks off the field after hitting into a double play against the Colorado Rockies to end the game at Nationals Park on July 9, 2011 in Washington, DC. The Rockies defeated the Nationals 2-1. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

• Tonight's Top 5: 

5. '10 or '11 Marquis?: Jason Marquis didn't make it out of the second last time out, surrendering seven runs, six earned on 8 hits in just 1.1 IP in which the 32-year-old right-hander threw 42 pitches before he was pulled. Marquis' shortest outing this season briefly reminded some in NatsTown of the Marquis they saw last season when he struggled to pitch through elbow pain that eventually required surgery. The Nats' starter gives up a leadoff single and a walk in the top of the first tonight, but pops Troy Tulowitzki up before Rockies' outfielder Seth Smith flies to left to end a scoreless first frame. Marquis throws 18 pitches, 11 strikes in the first. After the Nationals go down in order in the bottom of the frame against Colorado's Ubaldo Jimenez, Marquis is back on the mound. Ty Wiggington grounds out on the first pitch he sees. Marquis walks Rockies' infielder Ian Stewart with one down, but a 6-4-3 DP ends the Nationals' starter's second scoreless in Nats Park...

4. HeltonBoy: Laynce Nix and Michael Morse see one pitch each from Ubaldo Jimenez in the Nats' second and they each ground out in front of Jayson Werth who sends a routine grounder to third to end the inning after just five pitches by Jimenez. Marquis responds with a 10-pitch 1-2-3 top of the third, but the Nats go down in order too, and the Rockies' right-hander has sent nine-straight batters back to the dugout to start tonight's game. Top of the fourth, and Jimenez has a run to work with after Rockies' first baseman Todd Helton sends a towering fly out to right that Jayson Werth tracks to the wall before turning and watching it soar over the out-of-town scoreboard for Helton's 10th and a 1-0 Colorado lead. Marquis gives up a single to Troy Tulowitzi and back-to-back two-out walks, but he gets a weak grounder to third from the opposing pitcher to end a long 31-pitch fourth. 

3. Teh Jesus W/ The Block: Ubaldo Jimenez starts the fourth at 31 pitches, and three batters and three outs later he's retired the first 12 Nationals he's faced through four scoreless. Marquis gives up a leadoff single to Ryan Spilborghs in the top of the fifth, and it looks like it will be 2-0 Rockies when Mark Ellis doubles to left field. Laynce Nix chases it down and hits the cutoff man as Spilborghs rounds third. Ian Desmond cuts Nix's throw and sends a strong throw home to Jesus Flores who makes the catch, blocks the plate and tags Spilborghs for the 7-6-2 putout. Ellis takes third on the play, and scores on a Todd Helton groundout to make it 2-0. Not 3-0 at least. 

2. No No-No: Ubaldo Jimenez's no-hit bid ends with one down in the 5th when Michael Morse rips a 97 mph full-count fastball through the right side of the infield for a one-out single. Jayson Werth works a one-out walk out of the Colorado right-hander and Jesus Flores is up with a chance to ruin Jimenez's shutout. Sharp grounder to short, Troy Tulowitzki handles it, throws to Ellis at second and on to Todd Helton at first, 6-4-3 DP to end the 5th. Still 2-0 Rockies. 

1. Rally Desi: Ian Desmond starts the Nats' sixth with a line drive to center that Ryan Spilborghs misplays. The Rockies' center fielder can't decide what to do so he makes an award dive/slide and comes up empty. Desmond rounds second as it rolls to the track and he's in standing up at third by the time the Rockies throw it in. Rick Ankiel bats for Marquis and sends a grounder to second, not a hit, but enough for a run. Desmond scores from third to cut the Rockies' lead in half. 2-1 Colorado after six innings in Nats Park. 

0. Laynce Assyists: Todd Helton doubles off Nats' lefty Ross Detwiler with one down in the Rockies eighth, collecting double no. 544 of his career, which moves him past Tony Gwynn to 24th overall on the All-Time doubles list. Detwiler walks Troy Tulowitzki intentionally to get to Seth Smith, but the Rockies' outfielder almost makes him pay when he shoots a low liner out to left...Laynce Nix...dives forward and makes the catch!! Nix has it, and Helton's around third, he's not getting back. Nix throws in to second to double him up and it's still a one-run game, 2-1 Rockies thanks to Nix's second outfield assist of the night. 

-1. Rally Killed: The Nationals rally in the bottom of the eighth with Ian Desmond and Roger Bernadina reaching on infield singles, but Matt Stairs K's looking after Desmond's one-out hit, and Danny Espinosa strands two when he flies out to left after Bernadina beats out a two-out grounder to second. Washington still down 2-1 to Colorado after eight. Todd Coffey pitches a scoreless top of the ninth. Huston Street's on to end it. Ryan Zimmerman grounds to short. Troy Tulowitzki gets there, stumbles, and the throw is late! "SAFE!" Zim's on in the 9th. Laynce Nix K's swinging over a 1-2 slider inside. Michael Morse gets behind, but battles back... and singles to center. Zimmerman goes first-to-third™. Jayson Werth's up with runners on the corners, one down, all he needs is a fly to tie it, but he grounds to short, Tulowitzki to Ellis to Helton, 6-4-3 game-ending DP. Rockies win, 2-1 final. 

• Davey Johnson Post Game Comments: 

• "You know, guys battled hard, we had the right guys up, we just didn't get it done." 

On Marquis: "He didn't want to come out. I was proud of the job he did. It was a good lineup, and he kept us in the ballgame and we had our chances and the bullpen did a good job...We've just got to start scoring a few more runs." 

On Ubaldo Jimenez: "He's got a real live fastball. He mixes in a changeup, breaking ball, he doesn't make many mistakes. He's a tough pitcher."

On Laynce Nix: "He's been playing great for us. Not only with the bat, but with the glove and he did a good job over at first. Guys are really playing hard, I'm really proud, I love watching them play. We're going to get it done, sooner or later, we're going to get it done." 

• On 5 Backwards K's vs Jimenez: "He's filthy. He's one of the best pitchers in the league. We've been swinging the bats pretty good, but he calmed us down quite a bit. I think we outhit them but we didn't outscore them."

• Miss The Game? The DC Faithful Were Watching...

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1 MissB - 68
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3 Jeff T - 64
4 Whupass - 51
5 RoscoeNats - 35
6 cat daddy3000 - 31
7 hscer - 29
8 Dan Shields - 21
9 Harmon K - 18
10 kingfishfarms - 18

 

• Doghouse's Post Game WPA Graph: Coming Soon.

Nationals now 45-46. 

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