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Rockies survive meltdown, nip Nats in 11

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DENVER -- Marco Scutaro got a good look at Craig Stammen's nifty sinker earlier in the game. He just didn't do a lot with it, grounding into a double play that ended the ninth inning.

The next time up, Scutaro was prepared to do better.

Scutaro hit an RBI single off Stammen with two outs in the 11th that gave Colorado an 11-10 victory over the Washington Nationals on Thursday after the Rockies squandered a seven-run lead.

Jonathan Herrera doubled with one out in the 11th off Stammen (3-1). After pinch-hitter Jason Giambi walked, Dexter Fowler hit a fly ball to deep center that was caught by Bryce Harper. Herrera tagged up and took third on the play, and pinch-runner Christian Friedrich later took second.

Scutaro was 13 for 68 (.191) with runners in scoring position when he came up against Stammen. Scutaro won it with a single in a seven pitch at-bat.

"Earlier I was a little more aggressive," Scutaro said. "Then when I got two strikes, I was trying pretty much to shorten my swing up and just try to make contact."

Adam Ottavino (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings and struck out five, including all three batters in the 11th.

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"I think I pitch better when the game's on the line," said Ottavino, who has 31 strikeouts and eight walks in 24 innings this season. "I just came in and wanted to throw up a zero. I knew we would score eventually."

Harper sent the game into extra innings when he led off the ninth with a homer, his eighth of the season, against Rafael Betancourt. The Colorado closer is 12 for 16 in save opportunities and has blown three of his past five chances.

Tyler Colvin had a career-high four hits, including a three-run homer in Colorado's five-run first, and set a career-best with five RBIs. Chris Nelson had an RBI double in the second and scored on Colvin's single to make it 7-0.

"We made it a lot harder on ourselves than we needed to," manager Jim Tracy said.

Ryan Zimmerman had a two-run single and Michael Morse hit a three-run homer to pull Washington within two in the third.

After the Rockies scored two in the fourth on Carlos Gonzalez's RBI single and Colvin's triple, Ian Desmond hit a two-run homer to cap Washington's four-run fifth that tied the score at 9-all.

Adam LaRoche hit a sacrifice fly, and Ian Desmond hit his 13th homer of the season in the Nationals' fifth.

The Rockies went ahead in their half of the sixth against Tom Gorzelanny when they loaded the bases with no outs on two singles and a walk, and Gonzalez grounded into a double play.

For the second straight start, Josh Outman was staked to a big lead by the Rockies but was unable to pitch the five innings needed to qualify for a win on the 75-pitch limit Colorado is using for its four starters.

Outman, who lasted three innings and threw 67 pitches, took the mound in his final inning with the seven-run lead and gave up the five runs with two out.

Gonzalez had an RBI single and Nelson added a run-scoring infield single with the bases loaded in the five-run first against Edwin Jackson, with Gonzalez getting caught after rounding too far off third. Colvin then followed with his eighth homer of the season.

Jackson, left after yielding a leadoff single to Scutaro in the fourth, gave up season-highs in hits (10) and runs (8) in his shortest start since he lasted 2 1/3 innings at Coors Field on April 27, 2010.

"I feel the loss was on me," said Jackson, who is 0-1 with a 17.40 ERA in four starts at Coors Field. "Any time the bullpen has to come in in the fourth inning, it is not a great feeling when you are the starter that day."

Notes

  • Morse left Wednesday night's game in the eighth with a tight right hamstring and stayed in the clubhouse late taking treatment. Nationals manager Davey Johnson was planning to sit Morse on Thursday but changed his mind when Morse said he was fine and able to play.
  • Tracy said RF Michael Cuddyer was given a day to regroup. He entered the game in the 11th at first base. Cuddyer began the day with seven hits in his last 51 at-bats and was 2 for 12 in the first three games of the series. 1B Todd Helton hit fourth for the third time this season in Cuddyer's place, something he last did April 15, and Chris Nelson batted fifth for the first time this season.
  • Rockies 3B Jordan Pacheco wasn't in the lineup due to soreness in his right quadriceps, which has bothered him off and on recently. He pinch hit in the ninth and had a sacrifice bunt.
  • Jeff Francis (0-1) will start for the Rockies against the an Diego Padres on Friday. The Nationals will start Ross Detwiler (4-3) at Atlanta.
 
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Mobbed Marco Scutaro is the hero after hitting an RBI single with two outs in the 11th for the Rockies, who blow a 7-0 lead. (Getty Images)
Mobbed Marco Scutaro is the hero after hitting an RBI single with two outs in the 11th for the Rockies, who blow a 7-0 lead. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Colorado

T. Colvin
AB 6
R 1
H 4
HR 1
RBI 5
Washington

M. Morse
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Danny Espinosa, 2B6220012 .226
Bryce Harper, CF-RF6222033 .282
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B6112021 .235
Michael Morse, RF5223010 .265
    Craig Stammen, P0000000 .000
Adam LaRoche, 1B4011011 .251
Ian Desmond, SS5122001 .276
Tyler Moore, LF4110111 .339
Jesus Flores, C5010013 .243
Edwin Jackson, P1110000 .192
    Tom Gorzelanny, P0000000 .500
   a- Stephen Lombardozzi, PH1000010 .258
    Ryan Mattheus, P0000000 .000
    Mike Gonzalez, P0000000 .000
   b- Roger Bernadina, PH1010000 .234
    Sean Burnett, P0000000 .000
    Rick Ankiel, CF1000011 .220
Totals45101410112  
a-struck out for Gorzelanny in the 6th
b-singled for Gonzalez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Danny Espinosa (17, Roenicke), Ian Desmond (22, Ottavino), Jesus Flores (9, Belisle)
HR - Bryce Harper (8, Betancourt), Michael Morse (2, Outman), Ian Desmond (13, Roenicke)
SF - Adam LaRoche (5)
SH - Edwin Jackson (3)
RBI - Bryce Harper 2 (22), Ryan Zimmerman 2 (30), Michael Morse 3 (12), Adam LaRoche (48), Ian Desmond 2 (41)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Zimmerman 2 (15), Michael Morse 3 (8), Ian Desmond 2 (19)
PK - Tyler Moore (1, Roenicke)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Desmond-Espinosa-LaRoche, Zimmerman-Espinosa-LaRoche, Desmond-LaRoche
E - Adam LaRoche (5, Missed catch of throw)
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Edwin Jackson 31088251 3.57
Tom Gorzelanny 2322210 3.89
Ryan Mattheus 1.2300000 1.75
Mike Gonzalez 0.1000110 2.16
Sean Burnett 1000010 1.65
Craig Stammen (L,3-1) 2.2411200 1.48
HBP - Roenicke (by Tom Gorzelanny)
WP - Tom Gorzelanny (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Edwin Jackson 79-48, Tom Gorzelanny 43-26, Ryan Mattheus 26-18, Mike Gonzalez 10-3, Sean Burnett 12-9, Craig Stammen 45-27
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edwin Jackson 1-2, Tom Gorzelanny 3-1, Ryan Mattheus 3-1, Sean Burnett 1-1, Craig Stammen 5-2
Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 20, Tom Gorzelanny 11, Ryan Mattheus 7, Mike Gonzalez 2, Sean Burnett 3, Craig Stammen 13
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dexter Fowler, CF6130113 .292
Marco Scutaro, 2B6231112 .283
Carlos Gonzalez, LF5232100 .338
Todd Helton, 1B5110124 .246
    Jeremy Guthrie, PR0000000 .050
    Michael Cuddyer, 1B0000000 .256
Chris Nelson, 3B6232012 .275
Tyler Colvin, RF6145001 .309
Wil Nieves, C5010112 .343
Jonathan Herrera, SS5120113 .250
Josh Outman, P2000011 .125
    Josh Roenicke, P0100000 .000
    Rex Brothers, P0000000 .000
   a- Eric Young Jr., PH1000000 .247
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .000
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
   b- Jordan Pacheco, PH0000000 .306
    Adam Ottavino, P0000000 .000
   c- Jason Giambi, PH0000100 .261
    Christian Friedrich, PR0000000 .067
Totals4711201078  
a-grounded out-bunting for Brothers in the 7th
b-hit a sacrifice bunt for Betancourt in the 9th
c-walked for Ottavino in the 11th
Batting
2B - Dexter Fowler 2 (10, Gorzelanny, Mattheus), Chris Nelson (8, Jackson), Jonathan Herrera (5, Stammen)
3B - Tyler Colvin (4, Gorzelanny)
HR - Tyler Colvin (8, Jackson)
SH - Jordan Pacheco (1)
RBI - Marco Scutaro (23), Carlos Gonzalez 2 (56), Chris Nelson 2 (22), Tyler Colvin 5 (29)
2-OUT RBI - Marco Scutaro (11), Chris Nelson (12), Tyler Colvin 2 (13)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
E - Chris Nelson (6, Throwing)
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Josh Outman 3555141 9.32
Josh Roenicke 3441021 2.66
Rex Brothers (H,7) 1100000 3.54
Matt Belisle (H,10) 1200000 1.98
Rafael Betancourt (BS,4) 1111011 3.14
Adam Ottavino (W,2-0) 2100050 3.38
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Outman 67-41, Josh Roenicke 48-31, Rex Brothers 8-5, Matt Belisle 16-11, Rafael Betancourt 15-10, Adam Ottavino 32-23
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Outman 3-2, Josh Roenicke 3-4, Rex Brothers 1-2, Matt Belisle 1-2, Rafael Betancourt 1-1, Adam Ottavino 1-0
Batters Faced - Josh Outman 15, Josh Roenicke 13, Rex Brothers 4, Matt Belisle 5, Rafael Betancourt 4, Adam Ottavino 7
Game Information
Attendance - 33957
Game Time - 4:15
Temperature - 93
Umpires - Home - Mark Carlson, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - Chris Conroy, Third Base - Ed Hickox