Rockies beat up Nationals, sweep series at Coors
DENVER – Jorge De La Rosa pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Ryan Spilborghs hit a bases-loaded triple to key a four-run fifth and the Colorado Rockies beat the Washington Nationals 10-4 Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep.
Troy Tulowitzki hit a two-run homer among his three hits and Carlos Gonzalez added three more hits for the Rockies, who have beaten the Nationals six straight times since August.
Colorado’s third sweep in their last five home series put the Rockies six games over .500 for the first time this season. They have gone 30-15 (.666) since May 21, the best winning percentage in the majors.
De La Rosa (6-7) has won four straight and six of his last seven starts after going 0-6 with four no decisions in his first 10. He shut down the Nationals until tiring in the seventh inning. He struck out Ryan Zimmerman to start the inning but then walked Adam Dunn and Austin Kearns around Josh Willingham’s single to load the bases and was lifted after 6 1-3 innings.
Josh Fogg relieved and Anderson Hernandez greeted him with a two-run single. Will Nieves followed with a sacrifice fly as the Nationals avoided being shut out for the second time in the series.
De La Rosa gave up three runs and five hits with five strikeouts and three walks.
The Rockies built a 2-0 lead on run-scoring doubles by Todd Helton and Dexter Fowler before taking control with a four-run fifth inning.
Rookie Ross Detwiler (0-5), who allowed six runs on eight hits in four innings, gave up successive singles to Helton and Garrett Atkins and walked Tulowitzki to load the bases. Spilborghs followed with a triple to left field, clearing the bases and chasing Detwiler, the Nationals’ top selection in the June 2007 draft who is still seeking his first big league win.
Yorvit Torrealba’s finished the outburst with an RBI double off Tyler Clippard that put the Rockies up 6-0.
Helton walked to start the sixth and after a pop out by Atkins, Tulowitzki connected off Ron Villone for his 14th home run of the season.
Clint Barmes’ run-scoring double in the seventh accounted for the Rockies’ final run.
NOTES: Zimmerman was credited with an additional base hit in Tuesday night’s 5-4 loss to Colorado after the official scorer reversed his decision charging Tulowitzki with an error on a seventh-inning play … LHP Matt Chico, in the midst of a comeback from Tommy John surgery, was reinstated from the disabled list by the Nationals and then optioned to Double-A Harrisburg. … Helton is five doubles shy of becoming the 49th player with 500. … RF Spilborghs registered his team-high sixth outfield assist when he threw out Nyjer Morgan at third base as the Nationals’ leadoff man tried to advance on Alberto Gonzalez’s first-inning single. … The Rockies have won 14 consecutive times against NL opponents outside of the West Division. … The Rockies have six series sweeps overall this season.
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