Blackmon hits 2-run homer, Rockies beat Nationals 8-4

DENVER (AP) Charlie Blackmon called the location of the pitch his ''where I hit balls far'' zone.

He did, too - all the way into the second deck for a big momentum swing.

Blackmon lined a two-out, two-run homer in the seventh, Colorado's lights-out bullpen threw three-plus scoreless innings and the Rockies beat Washington 8-4 on Monday night, ending the Nationals' seven-game winning streak.

Trailing 4-3, Blackmon sent a hanging slider from lefty Enny Romero (1-1) deep into the right-field stands. It was Blackmon's sixth homer of the season and followed a pinch-hit double from Pat Valaika - his first hit of the season.

''Right when (Blackmon) hit it, the dugout collectively, there was just a huge, `Yeah!''' manager Bud Black said. ''It was great - a great swing.''

On a pitch Romero would like to have back.

''Didn't get it in enough,'' Romero explained.

The Rockies' relievers came through once again after starter Tyler Anderson wore down. Carlos Estevez (2-0) got four outs and Adam Ottavino threw an effective eighth. Greg Holland pitched the ninth in a non-save situation after the Rockies added three insurance runs in the eighth. He got pinch-hitter Bryce Harper to ground out to end the game.

The Rockies' bullpen is now 6-0 with a 2.62 ERA, which is tops in the NL.

''We've been a weakness on the team for a couple of years. This year, we really don't want to be like that,'' Ottavino said. ''We want to be a strength of the team. We take that to heart. I know I do.

''I've been here for too many losing years, too many years where the bullpen felt like we were letting everybody down. It's nice to be on the other side of that.''

Facing their first lefty starter of the season, the Nationals struggled early against Anderson, who features a quirky leg kick. They finally solved Anderson in the sixth, with Ryan Zimmerman providing the big blow - a two-run homer to center as part of a four-run inning.

Washington arrived in Denver around 4:30 a.m. after sweeping the Mets in New York on Sunday. Harper and Matt Wieters both were out of the starting lineup.

''We were tired,'' Adam Eaton said. ''But that's not a valid excuse.''

Spot starter Jacob Turner was cruising along until the bottom of the sixth, when he surrendered a two-run homer to Mark Reynolds. Turner was called up from Triple-A Syracuse before the game. The Nationals juggled around their rotation with Stephen Strasburg going on the paternity list.

''(Turner) gave us all we needed. That was a quality start,'' Nationals manager Dusty Baker said. ''He gave us all he had. He threw quality strikes, all except to Reynolds.''

At 14-6, the Rockies are off to one of their best starts in franchise history. It may only be April, but they viewed this four-game series against the Nationals as a mini measuring stick.

''Why not?'' said Nolan Arenado, whose team was coming off a weekend sweep of San Francisco. ''I don't know if I can sit here and say it's a big series. But we have to take care of business at home, no matter who it is. It could be them or the worst team in the league.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: Baker said INF Stephen Drew (strained hamstring) is ''making pretty good progress.''

Rockies: First baseman Ian Desmond (broken left hand) took 25 swings during batting practice, ran the bases and took some grounders. ''My hand felt good,'' Desmond said. There remains no timetable for Desmond's return.

THIS & THAT

Rockies catcher Tony Wolters had three hits, including a pair of run-scoring singles. ... Nationals 3B Anthony Rendon had three singles.

YOUNG ROTATION

Righty German Marquez will be recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque to start Tuesday. He will be the third rookie pitcher in the Rockies' rotation, joining lefty Kyle Freeland and righty Antonio Senzatela.

''I like young players. I like young pitchers. I like these guys,'' Black said.

FONDNESS FOR DUSTY

Black counts Baker as one of his managerial mentors. He pitched in 1993 and `94 for Baker when they were with the San Francisco Giants.

''He's a good manager, and a good guy, and a good friend,'' Black said.

UP NEXT

Nationals: Joe Ross (1-0, 3.86 ERA) had his start pushed back a day to Tuesday. This will be the right-hander's first start against the Rockies.

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RockiesCOL14-6
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  • W: C. Estevez (2-0)L: E. Romero (1-1)
  • HR: WAS - R. Zimmerman (7), COL - M. Reynolds (6), C. Blackmon (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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A. Eaton RF41110010.282.388.437.8254.5
A. Rendon 3B41310010.246.325.275.6004.5
D. Murphy 2B40000013.308.341.513.854-0.5
R. Zimmerman 1B41121000.379.431.7881.2187.0
J. Werth LF30100100.275.339.471.8103.0
M. Taylor CF30000121.059.105.059.1640.0
J. Lobaton C40100003.143.200.357.5571.0
J. Turner P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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B. Treinen P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Albers P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- B. Harper PH10000002.394.518.8031.3210.0
  • a-struck out for Turner in the 7th
  • b-grounded out for Albers in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Blackmon CF51131003.266.314.608.9228.0
D. LeMahieu 2B50100022.270.349.378.7280.0
N. Arenado 3B41100011.324.386.6761.0613.5
C. Gonzalez RF42200011.214.273.314.5873.5
M. Reynolds 1B42221001.329.385.6571.0429.0
G. Parra LF41100011.327.364.462.8251.5
T. Story SS40210000.188.282.420.7023.0
T. Wolters C40320010.351.400.405.8054.5
T. Anderson P20000013.125.125.125.250-0.5
C. Estevez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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A. Ottavino P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- A. Amarista PH10000013.182.182.273.455-0.5
G. Holland P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
  • a-doubled for Estevez in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Ottavino in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Turner (3), J. Werth
  • 3B - A. Eaton
  • HR - R. Zimmerman (7)
  • SH - J. Turner
  • RBI - A. Eaton (8), A. Rendon (5), R. Zimmerman 2 (18)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Zimmerman 2 (11)
BATTING
  • 2B - P. Valaika
  • 3B - N. Arenado
  • HR - C. Blackmon (6), M. Reynolds (6)
  • RBI - C. Blackmon 3 (18), M. Reynolds 2 (18), T. Story (11), T. Wolters 2 (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Blackmon 2 (12), M. Reynolds 2 (11), T. Wolters
FIELDING
  • DP - T. Story, T. Anderson, M. Reynolds
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Turner6.06330614.501.0015.0
E. Romero (L, 1-1) (BS, 1)0.22220117.043.00-8.5
B. Treinen0.16330009.8218.00-9.0
M. Albers1.00000100.000.003.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Turner6.0
E. Romero (L, 1-1) (BS, 1)0.2
B. Treinen0.1
M. Albers1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Anderson5.26441517.111.246.5
C. Estevez (W, 2-0)1.10000203.520.0011.0
A. Ottavino (H, 9)1.01000001.931.002.0
G. Holland1.01001001.802.001.0
PITCHERSIP
T. Anderson5.2
C. Estevez (W, 2-0)1.1
A. Ottavino (H, 9)1.0
G. Holland1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Turner 84-59, E. Romero 15-10, B. Treinen 22-17, M. Albers 10-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Turner 2-10, B. Treinen 1-0, M. Albers 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Turner 24, E. Romero 4, B. Treinen 7, M. Albers 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Anderson 87-59, C. Estevez 19-11, A. Ottavino 15-8, G. Holland 14-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Anderson 7-4, C. Estevez 2-0, A. Ottavino 2-1, G. Holland 2-1
  • Batters Faced - T. Anderson 23, C. Estevez 4, A. Ottavino 4, G. Holland 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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RockiesCOL14-6
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Turner SS41100011.219.242.313.5552.5
A. Eaton RF41110010.282.388.437.8254.5
A. Rendon 3B41310010.246.325.275.6004.5
D. Murphy 2B40000013.308.341.513.854-0.5
R. Zimmerman 1B41121000.379.431.7881.2187.0
J. Werth LF30100100.275.339.471.8103.0
M. Taylor CF30000121.059.105.059.1640.0
J. Lobaton C40100003.143.200.357.5571.0
J. Turner P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
a- A. Lind PH10000010.300.364.550.914-0.5
E. Romero P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Treinen P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Albers P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- B. Harper PH10000002.394.518.8031.3210.0
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  • a-struck out for Turner in the 7th
  • b-grounded out for Albers in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Blackmon CF51131003.266.314.608.9228.0
D. LeMahieu 2B50100022.270.349.378.7280.0
N. Arenado 3B41100011.324.386.6761.0613.5
C. Gonzalez RF42200011.214.273.314.5873.5
M. Reynolds 1B42221001.329.385.6571.0429.0
G. Parra LF41100011.327.364.462.8251.5
T. Story SS40210000.188.282.420.7023.0
T. Wolters C40320010.351.400.405.8054.5
T. Anderson P20000013.125.125.125.250-0.5
C. Estevez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- P. Valaika SS11100000.500.5001.0001.5003.0
A. Ottavino P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- A. Amarista PH10000013.182.182.273.455-0.5
G. Holland P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-doubled for Estevez in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Ottavino in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Turner (3), J. Werth
  • 3B - A. Eaton
  • HR - R. Zimmerman (7)
  • SH - J. Turner
  • RBI - A. Eaton (8), A. Rendon (5), R. Zimmerman 2 (18)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Zimmerman 2 (11)
BATTING
  • 2B - P. Valaika
  • 3B - N. Arenado
  • HR - C. Blackmon (6), M. Reynolds (6)
  • RBI - C. Blackmon 3 (18), M. Reynolds 2 (18), T. Story (11), T. Wolters 2 (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Blackmon 2 (12), M. Reynolds 2 (11), T. Wolters
FIELDING
  • DP - T. Story, T. Anderson, M. Reynolds
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Turner6.06330614.501.0015.0
E. Romero (L, 1-1) (BS, 1)0.22220117.043.00-8.5
B. Treinen0.16330009.8218.00-9.0
M. Albers1.00000100.000.003.5
Total8.01488082---
PITCHERSIP
J. Turner6.0
E. Romero (L, 1-1) (BS, 1)0.2
B. Treinen0.1
M. Albers1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Anderson5.26441517.111.246.5
C. Estevez (W, 2-0)1.10000203.520.0011.0
A. Ottavino (H, 9)1.01000001.931.002.0
G. Holland1.01001001.802.001.0
Total9.0844271---
PITCHERSIP
T. Anderson5.2
C. Estevez (W, 2-0)1.1
A. Ottavino (H, 9)1.0
G. Holland1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Turner 84-59, E. Romero 15-10, B. Treinen 22-17, M. Albers 10-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Turner 2-10, B. Treinen 1-0, M. Albers 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Turner 24, E. Romero 4, B. Treinen 7, M. Albers 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Anderson 87-59, C. Estevez 19-11, A. Ottavino 15-8, G. Holland 14-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Anderson 7-4, C. Estevez 2-0, A. Ottavino 2-1, G. Holland 2-1
  • Batters Faced - T. Anderson 23, C. Estevez 4, A. Ottavino 4, G. Holland 5
  • 8TH INNING
    Blackmon reached on fielder's choice to second, Parra scored, Story to third, Wolters out at second48
    Wolters singled to left, Reynolds scored, Parra to third, Story to second47
    Story singled to left, Gonzalez scored, Reynolds to third, Parra to second46
  • 7TH INNING
    Blackmon homered to right, Valaika scored45
  • 6TH INNING
    Reynolds homered to left, Arenado scored43
    Zimmerman homered to center, Rendon scored41
    Rendon singled to right, Eaton scored21
    Eaton tripled to deep center, Turner scored11
  • 2ND INNING
    Wolters singled to left, Gonzalez scored, Story to third01
  • 9TH INNING
    • G. Holland Pitching:
    • R. Zimmerman: Zimmerman grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Werth: Strike looking, Strike looking, Werth doubled to deep left
    • M. Taylor: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Taylor walked
    • J. Lobaton: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Lobaton flied out to center
    • B. Harper: Harper grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • A. Ottavino Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Turner grounded out to pitcher
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Eaton lined out to pitcher
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rendon reached on an infield single to pitcher
    • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Murphy grounded out to catcher
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • B. Treinen Pitching:
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Gonzalez singled to center
    • M. Reynolds: Strike swinging, Reynolds singled to center, Gonzalez to second
    • G. Parra: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Parra singled to left, Gonzalez to third, Reynolds to second
    • T. Story: Strike swinging, Story singled to left, Gonzalez scored, Reynolds to third, Parra to second
    • T. Wolters: Wolters singled to left, Reynolds scored, Parra to third, Story to second
    • A. Amarista: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Amarista struck out swinging
    • C. Blackmon: Foul, Ball, Ball, Blackmon reached on fielder's choice to second, Parra scored, Story to third, Wolters out at second
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, LeMahieu grounded out to second
    • End of the 8th (3 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • C. Estevez Pitching:
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • J. Lobaton: Strike looking, Ball, Lobaton grounded out to third
    • A. Lind: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Lind struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • E. Romero Pitching:
    • T. Story: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Story popped out to third
    • T. Wolters: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Wolters struck out swinging
    • P. Valaika: Strike swinging, Ball, Valaika doubled to deep left
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Blackmon homered to right, Valaika scored
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, LeMahieu singled to right
    • N. Arenado: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Arenado grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • T. Anderson Pitching:
    • J. Turner: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Turner grounded out to second
    • T. Turner: Ball, Strike swinging, Turner doubled to left center
    • A. Eaton: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Eaton tripled to deep center, Turner scored
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Rendon singled to right, Eaton scored
    • D. Murphy: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Murphy lined out to left
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Foul, Zimmerman homered to center, Rendon scored
    • J. Werth: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Werth grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 6th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Turner Pitching:
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, LeMahieu struck out looking
    • N. Arenado: Arenado tripled to deep center
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Foul, Ball, Reynolds homered to left, Arenado scored
    • G. Parra: Foul, Parra flied out to left
    • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • T. Anderson Pitching:
    • R. Zimmerman: Strike looking, Ball, Zimmerman flied out to right
    • J. Werth: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Werth walked
    • M. Taylor: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Taylor reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Werth out at second
    • J. Lobaton: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Lobaton grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Turner Pitching:
    • T. Story: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Story flied out to right
    • T. Wolters: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Wolters singled to right
    • T. Anderson: Foul, Foul, Ball (pitchout), Foul, Anderson struck out bunting foul
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Blackmon lined out to first
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • T. Anderson Pitching:
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Foul, Eaton grounded out to second
    • A. Rendon: Foul, Ball, Rendon singled to right center
    • D. Murphy: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Murphy grounded into double play shortstop to pitcher to first, Rendon out at second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Turner Pitching:
    • C. Gonzalez: Foul, Gonzalez lined out to third
    • M. Reynolds: Foul, Reynolds flied out to right
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Parra struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • T. Anderson Pitching:
    • M. Taylor: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • J. Lobaton: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Lobaton singled to shallow center
    • J. Turner: Turner hit sacrifice bunt to first, Lobaton to second
    • T. Turner: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Turner struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Turner Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Blackmon lined out to right
    • D. LeMahieu: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, LeMahieu grounded out to second
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Arenado struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • T. Anderson Pitching:
    • D. Murphy: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
    • R. Zimmerman: Zimmerman flied out to right
    • J. Werth: Strike looking, Werth lined out to left
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Turner Pitching:
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Gonzalez singled to right center
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Reynolds lined out to center
    • G. Parra: Ball, Parra lined out to shortstop
    • T. Story: Strike looking, Story singled to left, Gonzalez to second
    • T. Wolters: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Wolters singled to left, Gonzalez scored, Story to third
    • T. Anderson: Anderson grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Wolters out at second
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • T. Anderson Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Foul, Turner grounded out to pitcher
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Eaton struck out looking
    • A. Rendon: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Rendon struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Turner Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Blackmon popped out to shortstop
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, LeMahieu struck out swinging
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Ball, Arenado flied out to right
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)