Sixteen straight Sundays, sixteen straight losses for the Colorado Rockies. Despite a late comeback attempt, the Rockies lost, 3-2, to the Washington Nationals on Sunday afternoon. They split the four-game series at two games apiece.
Aaron Cook's lone blemish if his start was a two-run home run hit by Jonny Gomes in the second inning. Cook completed 6-2/3 innings, holding the Nationals to four hits. John Lannan kept the Rockies scoreless for the first six innings of the game, but then he encountered the seventh inning.
Lannan issued a leadoff walk to Jonathan Herrera before he was pulled from the game. Former Rockies reliever Ryan Mattheus came in and allowed an Eric Young Jr. single to center field. Both runners moved over a base on a Dexter Fowler sacrifice. Carlos Gonzalez hit into what should have been a ground ball out, but Michael Morse failed to come up with the ball properly, allowing Herrera to score. After Troy Tulowitzki single, Ty Wigginton singled in Young Jr. to tie the game. However, Seth Smith popped out to second base to end the threat.
Matt Belisle took the mound for the Rockies in the eighth inning and gave up a Danny Espinosa double. After Ryan Zimmerman grounded out and Morse was intentionally walked, Jayson Werth singled in the go-ahead run for the 3-2 lead. The Rockies could not come back from that, capped with Troy Tulowitzki striking out to end the game.
The Rockies (53-62, 28-31 home) visit the Cincinnati Reds on Monday.