07/21 22:58 CDT Desmond lifts Nationals to 7-2 win over Rockies
Desmond lifts Nationals to 7-2 win over Rockies
AP Sports Writer
DENVER (AP) --- Ian Desmond tied a career high with five hits, including a
two-run homer, and Doug Fister threw effectively into the sixth to help the
Washington Nationals beat the sinking Colorado Rockies 7-2 on Monday night.
The 6-foot-8 Fister (9-2) --- all "elbows and knees" as Charlie Blackmon
described him --- allowed nine hits before being pulled with two outs in the
sixth after running into trouble.
Desmond had four singles --- including one off the arm of reliever LaTroy
Hawkins in the ninth --- to go with his 17th homer of the season.
Franklin Morales (5-5) surrendered four runs --- three earned --- in six
Ben Paulsen had two hits and drove in a run in his major league debut for the
Rockies, who've lost six straight and fell into a tie with Texas for the worst
mark in the majors (40-59).
Fister was cruising along until the sixth when the Rockies rallied for two runs
on RBI singles from Nolan Arenado and Paulsen to make it 4-2. With the bases
loaded and two outs, Nationals manager Matt Williams summoned Aaron Barrett
from the bullpen to face pinch hitter Brandon Barnes. Barrett struck out Barnes
with a slider in the dirt.
The Rockies had a little bit of a scare in that inning when Carlos Gonzalez was
tagged out trying to slide into third base. He stayed down on the dirt for
several minutes, clutching both wrists after jamming them into the ground.
Gonzalez had surgery on his left index finger earlier this season and missed
more than a month. He stayed in the game.
Washington padded its lead in the seventh on an RBI single from Wilson Ramos.
Desmond later scored on a wild pitch.
Colorado was missing several big bats from its lineup as Troy Tulowitzki missed
a second straight game with a sore left thigh. Earlier in the day, Justin
Morneau was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained neck.
Taking Morneau's place at first was Paulsen, who was called up from Triple-A
Colorado Springs. He's the ninth different player to make his debut with the
team in 2014.
Paulsen lined a single to left in his first plate appearance. After Fister
received the ball on the mound, he tossed it to a bat boy as a keepsake for
Washington finally solved Morales in the fourth, scoring four times. Desmond
gave Fister all the run support the right-hander would require with a two-run
homer to left.
Danny Espinosa drove in another run with a double and later scored when Morales
tried to pick off Fister at first and threw the ball down the right-field line.
Blackmon led off the first with a double, but Fister managed to escape. Fister
struck out Gonzalez with a 79-mph changeup to end the inning.
NOTES: Williams called OF Bryce Harper's day off "a one-day thing." Harper
entered as a pinch hitter in the seventh and struck out, then briefly argued
with the home-plate umpire over whether he foul tipped the pitch. Williams
pulled Harper away. ... RHP Jordan Zimmermann (6-5), who left his last start
with a cramp in his right biceps, will start Tuesday. The Rockies will throw
LHP Yohan Flande (0-2). ... The Rockies placed LHP Boone Logan on the DL with
diverticulitis, a condition in which the inner lining of the intestine becomes
inflamed or infected. ... A woman was hit in the head when the bat slipped out
of Gonzalez's hands in the fourth. She was escorted from her seat.