Colorado Rockies 8-3 Over The Washington Nationals: HRs Hurt Dan Haren Again In Loss In Coors Field

Doug Pensinger

Washington Nationals' starter Dan Haren was cruising through four scoreless tonight in Coors Field, but the Colorado Rockies batted around in the fifth and hit two home runs to take a 5-2 lead. The Nationals added a run in the eighth to get within two, but a rough eighth by Drew Storen only made things worse,

Ryan Zimmerman just missed a two-out solo home run, doubling off the right-center wall some 375 feet from home plate in the top of the first tonight in Coors Field in Colorado. Jayson Werth took a two-out walk from Rockies' right-hander Jhoulys Chacin in the at bat after the Washington Nationals' third baseman's eighth two-base hit of 2013, but Adam LaRoche's weak groundout to second stranded both runners and ended a scoreless opening frame for the home team's starter. The Nats did make Chacin throw 27 pitches in the first though. Rockies' third baseman Nolan Arenado doubled for the 11th time this season with one down in the home-half of the first, sending a cue shot spinning by Adam LaRoche at first base, but Nats' right-hander Dan Haren struck Carlos Gonzalez out with a high 2-2 fastball and threw a 2-2 splitter by Troy Tulowitzki to end a 17-pitch bottom of the inning.

Ian Desmond walked and Anthony Rendon lined to center on an 0-2 fastball from Jhoulys Chacin to put two on for Kurt Suzuki with no one out in the top of the second. A blown call by first base ump Jim Reynolds helped Suzuki avoid a double play. Nolan Arenado fielded the Nats' catcher's grounder to third and stepped on the third base bag for the force before spinning and firing across the field to Colorado first baseman Todd Helton. The slow-mo showed Suzuki was out, but the umpire missed it. Dan Haren's bunt moved both runners into scoring position with two down, and they both scored when Denard Span doubled to right off the Rockies' starter. 2-0 Nationals after one and a half.

Dan Haren retired the side in order on 14 pitches in the bottom of the second, completing two scoreless on 31 pitches.

Adam LaRoche hit a two-out opposite field single to left on a 93 mph 1-1 fastball from Jhoulys Chacin, but Ian Desmond popped up to short-center to end the top of the third. In the bottom of the inning, Dan Haren set the sixth, seventh and eighth Rockies in-a-row down going back to Nolan Arenado's one-out double in the first. The 11-pitch, 1-2-3 bottom of the third had Haren up to 42 pitches overall and up 2-0 after three scoreless in Coors Field.

Haren lined a single to right with two down in the top of the fourth, but Denard Span K'd looking to end a 15-pitch inning that had Jhoulys Chacin at 79 pitches overall after four. Arenado was the ninth straight batter set down by Dan Haren after a groundout to third in the Rockies' fourth. A 2-2 cutter got Carlos Gonzalez swinging for out no.2, K no. 5 and the tenth-straight batter set down, but a two-out single to left by Troy Tulowitzki ended the streak of retired batters there. A groundout to second by Todd Helton ended Haren's fourth scoreless, however, and the 14-pitch inning had Haren at 56 overall after four.

Roger Bernadina reached safely on a ground ball to first thanks to another questionable call by first base ump Jim Reynolds, but the umpire's mistake was negated by a double play grounder off Ryan Zimmerman's bat. Jayson Werth slid by the second base bag and hung on with a drowning man's grip as Tyler Colvin made a strong throw in from right on the Nats' right fielder's two-out double in the fifth. Adam LaRoche K'd swinging to strand Werth at second though, and it was 2-0 Nats after four and a half in Colorado.

Haren issued just his 10th walk of the season to Wilin Rosario in the first at bat of the Rockies' fifth and the next batter, Tyler Colvin, hit the 16th HR off Haren this year to tie the game at 2-2 in Coors Field. Colvin's 1st. Jordan Pacheco hit a one-out single then went around to third on a double to right by Dexter Fowler. Nolan Arenado grounded out to short for the second out of the Rockies' fifth, but Carlos Gonzalez went down for a 1-1 fastball outside and drove it out to left... and over the left field wall for a 391 ft three-run blast and a 5-2 lead over the Nats. Troy Tulowitzki and Todd Helton hit back-to-back two-out singles, but Wilin Rosario popped out to end the fifth.

Dexter Fowler bounced back-first off the center field wall after he caught a long fly ball off Anthony Rendon's bat for the second out of the Nationals' sixth. Rockies' reliever Manny Corpas got a fly to right from Kurt Suzuki in the next AB to retire the visiting team in order for the first time tonight. 5-2 Colorado. Erik Davis took over on the mound for Washington in the bottom of the sixth. DJ LeMahieu singled with one down, stole second and took third on a wild pitch, but Manny Corpas K'd swinging and Jayson Werth made an awkward diving catch in right to rob Dexter Fowler of extra bases and an RBI. 5-2 Rockies after six in Coors Field.

Denard Span walked with one down in the Nats' seventh, taking a free pass from lefty Josh Outman. Pinch hitter Steve Lombardozzi grounded into a force at second for out no.2, but beat the 4-3 throw to first when the Rockies attempted to turn a 6-4-3 DP. Right-hander Wilton Lopez took over for Outman with Ryan Zimmerman due up and gave up a hard-hit liner to short that Troy Tulowitzki dove for and caught. Fernando Abad took over for the Nationals in the bottom of the seventh. Nolan Arenado singled in the first at bat, but Abad struck the next three batters out to end the inning.

Jayson Werth walked to start the eighth, took second on an Adam LaRoche groundout and scored when Ian Desmond single to left off Wilton Lopez. 5-3 Rockies. Desmond took second on an ill-advised throw home by Carlos Gonzalez on the play. Anthony Rendon grounded to third for out no.2 and Kurt Suzuki grounded to short to end the top of the eighth. Wilin Rosario singled off Drew Storen to start the Rockies' eighth and scored when Tyler Colvin hit his second home run of the night. One to right and an opposite field blast to left. 7-3 Rockies. DJ LeMahieu doubled and pinch hitter Eric Young singled for the fourth-straight hit off Storen. Young stole second with Dexter Fowler at the plate. Fowler walked to load the bases and another run came in when Nolan Arenado grounded into a 6-3 DP. 8-3 Rockies after eighth.

Right-hander Rob Scahill took over in the ninth. Chad Tracy grounded to second for out no.1. Denard Span lined back to the mound for out no.2. Steve Lombardozzi grounded out to short. Ballgame. 8-3 Rockies.

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