Blackmon homers twice as Rockies beat Nats 9-4 in 11 innings
WASHINGTON (AP) — Charlie Blackmon hit two home runs, including the go-ahead shot in the 11th inning, as the Colorado Rockies beat the Washington Nationals 9-4 Saturday to snap a four-game losing streak.
NL MVP Bryce Harper was ejected in the 10th inning after getting called out on strikes. The Nationals star yelled at plate umpire Mike Winters from close range and threw his helmet to the ground after being tossed.
Blackmon connected in the third off starter A.J. Cole, then hit a two-run drive off Yusmeiro Petit (3-4). Blackmon has 23 home runs this season and five multihomer games.
Carlos Gonzalez also hit a two-run homer off Petit, his 24th of the season and 200th of his career.
Jake McGee (1-3) pitched a perfect 10th that included striking out Harper.
Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu went 3 for 5 to pass the Nationals’ Daniel Murphy for the NL batting lead.
In their first game back in the lineup together since Aug. 17, Blackmon and LeMahieu combined to go 6 for 11 with three RBIs and four runs scored.
The Rockies also scored on a wild pitch during an intentional walk. Starter Jorge De La Rosa added an RBI single.
Coming off his best start of the season, De La Rosa struck out eight and allowed three runs on eight hits in five solid innings.
Cole gave up three runs on four hits and struck out four in 5 2/3 innings. He most notably threw the ball away on an intentional walk of Daniel Descalso in the fourth, which allowed Nolan Arenado to score.
Rockies: Manager Walt Weiss said RHP Tyler Chatwood (mid-back strain) will go on a rehab assignment with details still to be determined.
Nationals: RHP Joe Ross, who has been out since early July with shoulder inflammation, will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Syracuse on Sunday.
The RBI single to Jayson Werth that Colorado’s Adam Ottavino gave up in the ninth was the first run he has allowed since Sept. 6, 2014, a streak of 31 1/3 innings. That was the longest active streak in the majors.
The Nationals on Wednesday also ended Baltimore closer Zach Britton’s run of 48 consecutive appearances without allowing an earned run.
VAMOS RAMOS SLUMP
With his RBI single in the fourth, Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos snapped a 1-for-23 slump. Ramos is the National League’s best hitting catcher this season.
RHP Chad Bettis (10-7, 5.29 ERA) starts for the second time in 12 days against the Nationals, who hadn’t announced their starter before Saturday’s game.