By Michael Marzzacco
Down by counts of 3-0 and 4-2, the Nationals used the long ball and some key hits in a 5-4 comeback win over the Rockies. The hitter-friendly Coors Field certainly helped the Nats’ bats hit the baseball mile high.
Max Scherzer took the mound for the Nats and struggled, allowing all four Rockies runs on seven hits through four innings. He struck out three.
Trailing 3-0 in the third inning with one out and Scherzer on base, Jayson Werth smacked his 16th homer of the year, a two run bomb that landed way back in the seats in left field bouncing all the way back to the concourse.
Colorado got the run back in the fourth with a home run by Charlie Blackmon to go up 4-2.
The Nats pulled within 4-3 in the fifth with an RBI single by Daniel Murphy that scored Wilmer Difo. In the sixth Wilson Ramos hit a solo shot to tie the game at 4. His 19th homer of the season landed into the seats in right-center field. Bryce Harper gave the Nats the lead in the seventh with a double over to the right field wall that scored Trea Turner.
Mark Melancon shut the door in the ninth for his 34th save of the season. Reliever Sammy Solis was credited with the win as he pitched near the end of the sixth inning and in the beginning of the seventh inning. He allowed two hits but no runs, improving his record to 2-3.
Tonight Gio Gonzalez (8-9, 4.24 ERA) will go up against Chad Bettis (10-6, 5.27 ERA) in the second game of the three-game series. First pitch from Colorado is at 8:40.