Recap: Rockies 5, Nationals 4
Turning point: With two out and runners on first and third in the seventh,threw a 3-2, 96 mph fastball on the outside corner past Adam Dunn for a called third strike, ending an eight-pitch at-bat and preserving the Rockies 4-3 lead. Morales entered the game after Jason Marquis gave up an infield single to start the inning and right-handed hitting Ryan Zimmerman was intentionally walked so Morales could pitch to the left-handed hitting Dunn, the Nationals cleanup hitter.
At the plate:doubled home two runs in the first, but after a walk to , the Rockies had the bases loaded with no out and couldn’t score another run in the inning. They scored a run in the second on ‘s one-out triple and had the bases with two out before grounded out. … went 2-for-4 and hit his 20th homer in the fifth to give the Rockies a 4-1 lead. …The Rockies, who stranded 12 runners, loaded the bases with two out in the sixth, but Hawpe struck out. … led off the eighth with a homer, his fourth in four games, to give the Rockies a 5-3 lead. …Zimmerman went 2-for-3 with a triple and a double, both of which drove in runs. …Nyjer Morgan went 2-for-4 and scored twice. …Cherry Creek High grad Josh Bard homered on ‘s first pitch of the ninth.
On the mound: Marquis won his 14th game, tying Adam Wainwright for the NL lead and leaving him one win shy of his career high 15 wins in 2004. Marquis gave up nine hits and three runs in six innings. …Morales andeach worked one scoreless inning. ….Street picked up his league-leading 31st save and converted his 23rd straight save opportunity. …Nationals starter Colin Balester allowed three hits, five walks and three runs in 1 1/3 innings and left after throwing 51 pitches, just 24 for strikes. …Saul Rivera restored order for the Nationals, working 3 2/3 innings and giving up one run on Barmes’ homer.
Numbers game: 14 groundball outs for Marquis, who is 3-2 with a 3.38 ERA in six starts in the second half and 14-8 with a 3.58 ERA overall this season.