Rockies Vs. Nationals: Errors, Cold Bats Send Colorado To 4-1 Loss

The Colorado Rockies failed to follow up on Friday night's victory against the Washington Nationals with another one on Saturday. They lost this afternoon contest, 4-1.

After four innings of play, the teams were tied at 1-1 due to an Ian Desmond home run in the second inning and a Jordan Pacheco sacrifice fly in the fourth. Then in the sixth inning, Ryan Zimmerman broke the tie with a single to deep center field to score Danny Espinosa and move Bryce Harper to third base. Harper then scored on a wild pitch by Josh Roenicke. Zimmerman advanced to second on the same play on Wilin Rosario's throwing error. Several batters later, Roenicke committed a throwing error, allowing Zimmerman to score.

Jeff Francis (2-2, 5.19 ERA) took the loss after allowing three runs in five-plus innings of work. Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez (12-3, 2.92 ERA) picked up the victory after throwing six innings of one-run ball. He struck out six and held the Rockies to three hits.

The Rockies (32-52) close out the first half of the season with a Sunday afternoon contest between Jeremy Guthrie and Jordan Zimmermann.

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