By Michael Marzzacco
Jayson Werth set a team record and Anthony Rendon finished with three hits but it wasn’t enough on Tuesday night as the Nationals fell 6-2 to the Rockies.
Jayson Werth got a single in the third inning, marking his 44th consecutive game on base- a team record. The Nats would go up 1-0 shortly after. With Werth and Daniel Murphy on, Bryce Harper grounded into what looked like a double play. Murphy was safe as he avoided the tag and Harper was ruled safe but the call was overturned and he was eventually ruled out at first. Werth scored regardless. Wilson Ramos followed with a single into right field to score Murphy and put the Nats up 2-0.
The Rockies tied the game in the bottom of the third with a two-run shot by DJ LeMahieu. The game soon went into a rain delay that lasted two hours and five minutes. It didn’t help the Nats at all.
After the game resumed, the Rockies took the lead in the fifth with an RBI groundout by Nolan Arenado that scored LeMahieu. The run was surrendered by reliever Yusmeiro Petit who was credited with the loss, dropping his record to 3-3.
Colorado tacked on three more runs in the seventh. Nolan Arenado had a sacrifice fly that scored Gerardo Parra from third. Then David Dahl double to score Charlie Blackmon and LeMahieu to put the Rockies up 6-2 which would go on to be the final.
The rain delay in the fourth inning meant that Nats starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez couldn’t go any longer and the bullpen had to work five innings for the second straight night. Gio finished with three innings allowing two runs on four hits with two strikeouts.
The Nats will look to take the rubber game of the series tomorrow afternoon. Stephen Strasburg (15-3, 3.07 ERA) will get his third crack at win #16 as he goes up against Jon Gray (8-6, 4.55 ERA). First pitch is at 3:10.