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Washington Nationals can’t wake up bats in 2-1 loss to Colorado Rockies...

Runs have been hard to come by for the Washington Nationals over their last few games.

MLB: Colorado Rockies at Washington Nationals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

After a hot offensive start to the season, the Washington Nationals have struggled to get their lineup firing on all cylinders — and Friday night was no exception. The Colorado Rockies edged past Washington in a 2-1 nail-biter behind a big day from Carlos Gonzalez and 4 13 scoreless innings courtesy of the visitor’s bullpen.

The Nats managed just five hits in the contest, finishing 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position and wasting a strong start from Tanner Roark. They’ve now been held to three runs or less in five straight games and eight out of their last nine.

Kyle Freeland was impressive on the mound for the Rockies through his first four frames. He gave up just two hits and a pair of walks in those early innings before running into trouble in the fifth. Washington loaded the bases with one out but was only able to bring home one run off a Bryce Harper sacrifice fly. Freeland would then hand the ball over to Scott Oberg, who forced Ryan Zimmerman to ground out and end the frame.

Kyle Freeland’s Line: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 Ks, 101 P, 60 S, 4/6 GO/FO

Roark’s only blemish in his first five innings was Gonzalez’s solo shot over the right-center fence in the top of the fourth. He came back out for the sixth but a costly fielding error by Trea Turner on a ground ball eventually led to a run coming around to score.

The Nats’ right-hander would get out of the inning without allowing further damage, but the 2-1 deficit proved to be a tall task for the Washington offense to overcome.

Tanner Roark’s Line: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 Ks, 96 P, 63 S, 3/11 GO/FO

Brandon Kintzler and Sammy Solis each put together scoreless frames over the seventh and eighth innings to keep the Nats in the game. However, Oberg, Bryan Shaw, Mike Dunn and Adam Ottavino and Wade Davis put the Nats’ bats on lockdown, garnering the next 10 outs of the game without allowing a single hit. Shaw and Ottavino each struck out two hitters apiece.

In the ninth, Nats manager Dave Martinez opted to send Solis back out with two of the first three hitters due up being left-handed. Solis struck out the sole righty he faced (Nolan Arenado) but gave up singles to Gerardo Parra and Gonzalez to prompt Martinez to bring in Trevor Gott with one out and runners on the corners.

Gott responded to the high-pressure situation well, striking out Chris Ianetta looking and forcing Ian Desmond to ground out and end the inning. He hasn’t allowed a baserunner in 2 23 innings pitched against the Rockies in the series.

Free-agent acquisition Wade Davis got the save opportunity for Colorado. He struck out Michael Taylor swinging with an 89-mph cutter, forced Wilmer Difo to ground out and chucked a 90-mpg changeup into the dirt that fooled Matt Wieters to make quick work of the bottom of the Nats’ order and hand Washington its third straight loss.

Nationals now 6-8