LeMahieu has 4 hits but skidding Rockies lose 5-4 to Nats
DENVER (AP) — Charlie Blackmon and DJ LeMahieu had big nights at the plate for Colorado. Still, the struggling Rockies were unable to stop their skid.
Jayson Werth and Wilson Ramos homered, Bryce Harper doubled in the go-ahead run and the Washington Nationals beat Colorado 5-4 on Monday night.
“We are dealing with multiple challenges at the same time right now, but the bottom line is you have to win games,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. “We are fighting, but we are coming up short.”
LeMahieu had four hits and Blackmon hit his sixth home run in four games. The outfielder was selected the NL player of the week after leading the majors with seven home runs last week.
Yet the Rockies have lost eight of nine.
“We are battling so hard and we don’t have a whole lot to show for it the last couple weeks,” LeMahieu said.
Werth hit a two-run homer in the third inning off Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa and reached safely three times to extend his on-base streak to a career-best 43 games.
The stretch is the longest in the majors this season and it ties Werth with Ryan Zimmerman for the Nationals record.
Washington’s bullpen, meanwhile, pitched five scoreless innings. Sammy Solis (2-3) got the win and Colorado-native Mark Melancon needed only four pitches in the ninth for his 34th save in 37 chances.
The NL East leaders have won three straight and four of five.
“Our bullpen came in and bailed each other out,” Nationals manager Dusty Baker said. “It’s hard to shut these guys out for the last four or five innings of a ballgame.”
Nationals ace Max Scherzer allowed seven hits and four runs in four innings.
Colorado scored three in a 35-pitch first inning. David Dahl hit a two-run double with the bases loaded and Daniel Descalso added a sacrifice fly.
Blackmon made it 4-2 with his homer in the fourth.
“It would have been nice to get this homestand started off right,” LeMahieu said. “Scherzer is a really good pitcher and we knew we were in for a battle. We did about as well as we could do off him, putting up four runs in four innings.”
Daniel Murphy hit an RBI single in the fifth, Ramos connected for a tying homer in the sixth and Harper hit his second double of the night in the seventh to give Washington a 5-4 lead.
Jordan Lyles (3-4) took the loss.
Blackmon also led the majors with a .563 batting average and 42 total bases last week. In seven games, he topped the NL with nine RBIs and a .600 on-base percentage.
“Chuck is having a great year,” Weiss said. “He is one of those guys who just continues to get better and I think that is directly related to his work ethic.”
RHP Tyler Chatwood (back spasms) could skip his next start or be placed on the 15-day disabled list, Weiss said. ... 1B Mark Reynolds (hand) had surgery to remove a fractured hook of the hamate bone in his left hand.
Nationals: LHP Gio Gonzalez (8-9, 4.24 ERA) is 2-0 with a 3.75 ERA in two August starts. He has struck out 12 and walked two in 12 innings.
Rockies: RHP Chad Bettis (10-6, 5.27) hasn’t lost a start since July 2. In his last one, he gave up five runs over five innings in 100-plus-degree heat in Texas.