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Colvin touches up Strasburg, lifts Rockies

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WASHINGTON -- The way Tyler Colvin has been hitting lately, no pitcher appears capable of nullifying his torrid bat.

Not even Stephen Strasburg.

Colvin became the first player to homer twice off Strasburg in the same game, and the Colorado Rockies beat Washington 5-1 Friday night to end the Nationals' four-game winning streak.

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Colvin hit a solo shot in the second inning and a two-run drive in the fourth. The first one came on a 0-2 fastball and the second on a 3-2 changeup.

"I got lucky right there," Colvin said. "He got two-strike counts on me and he gave me something I could handle and was able to put a good swing on it."

Colvin also singled in the sixth off Strasburg and hit a fly ball to the warning track against Ryan Mattheus in the eighth.

"This is a guy that we're very proud of," manager Jim Tracy said. "I don't know that you can swing much better than he's swinging it right now."

Over his past five games, Colvin is 7 for 16 with five homers and 10 RBI. This was his first appearance against Strasburg, but against Washington this season he's 10 for 17.

"If you throw a mistake, he's going to hit it just like any other guy in the league," Strasburg said. "For some reason, we've been making more mistake pitches to him than the other guys."

Dexter Fowler also connected for the Rockies, who had scored only nine runs in their previous five games. Drew Pomeranz (1-3) gave up one hit over 6 1/3 scoreless innings -- a bloop to center by Bryce Harper in the fourth.

Strasburg (9-4) allowed three runs, two earned, and eight hits in six innings. The All-Star struck out six and walked one, but lost a third straight start for the first time in his three-year career.

"It's not a good feeling, but what can you do?" Strasburg said. "You can only go out there and give it everything you have and try to keep the team in the ballgame, but sometimes it's not going to work out."

In his previous start, Strasburg lasted only three innings before being removed because of heat-related issues in Atlanta. In this one, his fastball reached 98 mph in 96-degree temperatures, and Colvin was more of hindrance than the weather.

"I thought he threw the ball well," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said. "He made two mistakes to Colvin."

Strasburg was outperformed by a pitcher on a last-place team making his 11th career start and in search of his third major league win.

Pomeranz walked two and struck out six against the team with the best record in the NL and an offense that scored 32 runs in its previous four games. His plan was simple: throw a slew of fastballs on either corner of the plate.

"I was locating it, putting it in the right place," the left-hander said.

Washington's Ian Desmond said, "I think a lot of guys are going to go home and dream about fastballs tonight."

It was Pomeranz's second start since being recalled from the minors. In his previous outing, he gave one run, none earned, and two hits over six innings in a 2-0 loss to San Diego.

"Not that he wasn't good last Sunday against the Padres, but tonight was spectacular," Tracy said.

Washington was blanked through eight innings and finished with five hits. In the ninth, after Ryan Zimmerman hit a solo homer off Rex Brothers and the Nationals got two runners on base, Rafael Betancourt got three outs for his 14th save.

Colvin put the Rockies up 1-0 in the second inning with a second-chance home run. After Washington catcher Jesus Flores dropped a foul popup for an error on Strasburg's first pitch to Colvin, the slugger drove a 0-2 pitch into the second level of seats in right field.

"Dumb pitch," Strasburg lamented.

With a runner on second in the Colorado fourth, Colvin masterfully worked the count from 1-2 to full before hitting the ninth pitch of the at-bat into the front row of the seats in right-center.

In the fifth, the Rockies got runners on the corners with one out before Marco Scutaro bounced into a 6-4-3 double play. One inning later, Colorado's Wil Nieves hit into a double play with the bases loaded and one out.

Fowler made it 4-0 in the seventh with his 11th home run, a drive off Tom Gorzelanny, and Michael Cuddyer added a sacrifice fly in the eighth.

Notes

  • New Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
  • Nationals LHP Gio Gonzalez strives for his 12th win Saturday. The Rockies will counter with Jeff Francis, who's seeking to win a third straight start.
  • Zimmerman has five HRs in his Past 12 games.
 
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Tyler Colvin becomes the first to take Stephen Strasburg -- loser of three straight starts -- deep twice in one game. (US Presswire)
Tyler Colvin becomes the first to take Stephen Strasburg -- loser of three straight starts -- deep twice in one game. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Colorado

T. Colvin
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 3
Colorado

D. Pomeranz
IP 6.1
H 1
ER 0
BB 2
K 6
 
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dexter Fowler, CF4121000 .288
Marco Scutaro, 2B4000012 .280
Carlos Gonzalez, LF3220110 .339
Michael Cuddyer, RF3001021 .263
Tyler Colvin, 1B4233000 .311
Jordan Pacheco, 3B3010010 .301
    Chris Nelson, 3B1000000 .259
Wil Nieves, C4000021 .311
Jonathan Herrera, SS4020000 .254
Drew Pomeranz, P2000021 .333
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .000
    Rex Brothers, P1000010 .000
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
Totals335105110  
Batting
2B - Carlos Gonzalez (19, Gorzelanny)
HR - Dexter Fowler (11, Gorzelanny), Tyler Colvin 2 (13, Strasburg, Strasburg)
SF - Michael Cuddyer (4)
SH - Drew Pomeranz (2)
RBI - Dexter Fowler (36), Michael Cuddyer (50), Tyler Colvin 3 (40)
2-OUT RBI - Dexter Fowler (15)
SB - Carlos Gonzalez (11, 3rd base off Mattheus/Flores)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - Tyler Colvin (3, Missed catch of throw)
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Drew Pomeranz (W,1-3) 6.1100260 3.06
Matt Belisle 1.1100020 1.77
Rex Brothers 0.1311001 3.77
Rafael Betancourt (S,14) 1000010 2.93
Pitches-Strikes - Drew Pomeranz 81-53, Matt Belisle 17-13, Rex Brothers 17-12, Rafael Betancourt 8-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Drew Pomeranz 7-7
Batters Faced - Drew Pomeranz 23, Matt Belisle 5, Rex Brothers 4, Rafael Betancourt 3
Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Danny Espinosa, 2B4000022 .234
Bryce Harper, CF3010101 .283
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4111002 .241
Michael Morse, RF4010012 .283
Adam LaRoche, 1B4010021 .255
Ian Desmond, SS4000012 .279
Tyler Moore, LF3000020 .313
    Ryan Mattheus, P0000000 .000
    Henry Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
   a- Roger Bernadina, PH1000002 .245
Jesus Flores, C3000102 .235
Stephen Strasburg, P1000011 .360
    Tom Gorzelanny, P0000000 .500
    Stephen Lombardozzi, LF1010000 .267
Totals3215129  
a-lined out for Rodriguez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Michael Morse (7, Brothers)
HR - Ryan Zimmerman (8, Brothers)
SH - Stephen Strasburg (2)
RBI - Ryan Zimmerman (39)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Desmond-Espinosa-LaRoche, Zimmerman-Flores-LaRoche
E - Jesus Flores (1, Dropped fly)
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Stephen Strasburg (L,9-4) 6832162 2.82
Tom Gorzelanny 1222021 3.92
Ryan Mattheus 1000000 1.88
Henry Rodriguez 1000020 4.63
Pitches-Strikes - Stephen Strasburg 107-75, Tom Gorzelanny 20-14, Ryan Mattheus 13-9, Henry Rodriguez 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Stephen Strasburg 8-2, Tom Gorzelanny 1-0
Batters Faced - Stephen Strasburg 25, Tom Gorzelanny 5, Ryan Mattheus 3, Henry Rodriguez 3
Game Information
Attendance - 28951
Game Time - 3:04
Temperature - 96
Umpires - Home - Jim Joyce, First Base - Mike DiMuro, Second Base - Jim Reynolds, Third Base - James Hoye