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Desmond's homer leads Rockies past Nationals 6-5 - MLB Summaries / Schedule

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stuck in a 2-for-39 slump that sent his average below .200, Ian Desmond stood in left field on a soggy, windy day at Nationals Park feeling good about himself. Even though he was 0 for 3 to that point, he was feeling comfortable at the plate again.

Desmond carried those good vibes into the ninth inning and hit a tiebreaking, two-out homer against his former team as the Colorado Rockies rallied to beat the Washington Nationals 6-5 on Sunday.

"I felt like good things are coming, good things are coming. I kept on telling myself that," Desmond said. "I just felt good. I just had that feel back. And what a perfect moment for it to come back."

Charlie Blackmon drove in three runs for the Rockies, who took three of four in Washington as the Nationals ended a dispiriting homestand.

Desmond played his first seven seasons in the majors for the Nationals, through 2015. He became an All-Star shortstop and hit 110 home runs with Washington.

Bryce Harper hit his big league-leading seventh home run for Washington, connecting in the first and pausing to admire his deep drive to right-center.

Blackmon did his damage against the otherwise stingy Stephen Strasburg. His two-out homer in the fourth was the Rockies' first hit off Strasburg, who retired the first 11 batters. In the sixth, Blackmon squeezed a grounder past first baseman Ryan Zimmerman into the right-field corner to score two runs and tie the game at 3. Gonzalez followed with a single against the shift to score Blackmon.

Adam Ottavino (3-0) got the win despite being rattled by the speedy Michael A. Taylor. After Taylor doubled down the left-field line with two outs in the eighth, he stole third easily. Then he bluffed stealing home to get Ottavino's attention.

On the next pitch, Taylor danced a third of the way down the baseline and Ottavino distractedly threw a wild pitch, allowing Taylor to race home.

Wade Davis worked the ninth for his seventh save in eight opportunities as slugging Colorado improved to 7-4 away from hitter-friendly Coors Field this season.

"It was a great game. It was entertaining," Rockies manager Bud Black said. "You wouldn't expect a game like that to end up the way it did, because of the 10 walks and some of the wild pitches and stuff, but it's baseball, man. It was great."

The Nationals won just three times in their 10-game homestand and are 3-9 since starting the season 4-0. Washington did not get a hit with a runner on base, and three of its runs came on miscues by Colorado. Cleanup hitter Ryan Zimmerman went 0 for 5, grounding out to short with Harper on first base to end the game, and his average dropped to .122.

"It wasn't good. We should have won some more games. But you know what? The effort is there," Nationals manager Dave Martinez said.

Rockies starter Tyler Anderson was pulled with two outs in the fifth after allowing his sixth walk. Antonio Senzatela came on and his 2-1 pitch, an inside fastball to Zimmerman, got past catcher Chris Iannetta. Taylor scored on the passed ball and Trea Turner also scored after Iannetta's throw sailed over Senzatela's head for an error.

Matt Wieters homered in the sixth to tie it for Washington. DJ LeMahieu put the Rockies ahead 5-4 in the eighth with a homer to right-center off Shawn Kelley, the second homer the right-hander has allowed in 5 2/3 innings this season. Kelley allowed a dozen long balls in 26 innings in 2017.

Strasburg allowed four runs on four hits in six innings.

"I think something's missing right now, and times like that you can sit there and let it keep going or grind," Strasburg said. "I think that's what we're trying to do and it's all we really can do. We're too good of a team to not be winning games."

In other MLB games:

— The Boston Red Sox have extended the best start in their 118-year history by completing what has become a three-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles. Andrew Benintendi and Mitch Moreland each had three hits and the Red Sox received four shutout innings from their bullpen in a 3-1 victory over the Birds. Benintendi tied the game with an RBI triple in the fifth, one inning before J.D. Martinez scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch.

— The Mets improved to a National League-best 12-2 by beating the Brewers, 3-2 on a walk-off, solo homer by Wilmer Flores with two out in the bottom of the ninth. Brandon Nimmo tied the game with a solo blast in the sixth and finished a double shy of the cycle as New York won for the 10th time in 11 games. Noah Syndergaard struck out eight straight batters and left after fanning 11 while allowing no earned runs over 5 1/3 innings.

— The Dodgers had dropped 11 straight regular-season games to the Diamondbacks before Clayton Kershaw struck out 12 while tossing two-hit ball over seven innings to lead Los Angeles to a 7-2 win against Arizona. Kershaw blanked the DBacks until Paul Goldschmidt led off the seventh with a round-tripper. Chris Taylor homered, doubled and drove in three runs to help the Dodgers stop a three-game skid.

— Starling Marte was 5-for-5 with a solo homer and four runs scored as the Pirates topped the Marlins, 7-3 to move to 11-4. Josh Bell had three hits and three RBIs to back Ivan Nova, who struck out nine while yielding three runs over 6 2/3 innings. Corey Dickerson ran his hitting streak to 10 games by going 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

— The Phillies ran their winning streak to six games as Aaron Altherr hit a three-run homer and rookie Scott Kingery laced a three-run double in a 10-4 drubbing of the Rays. Kingery has 12 RBIs in his last eight games, helping Philadelphia improve to a surprising 9-5. Reliever Yacksel Rios went 1 1/3 scoreless innings as the Phils swept a series of at least three games from an AL East team for the first time since June 2003 at Baltimore.

— The Padres beat the Giants for the third straight day as Joey Lucchesi struck out nine over six innings of San Diego's 10-1 laugher. Fellow rookie Christian Velazquez homered, doubled and had three RBIs, while teammate Jose Pirela drove in three runs in the Padres' fifth win in seven games. Losing pitcher Tyler Beade was chased during a three-run fourth as the Giants lost for the fourth time in five games.

— Carlos Martinez waited through a rain delay before fanning a season-high 11 batters in seven shutout innings of the Cardinals' 3-2 triumph at Cincinnati. Harrison Bader's two-run home run helped the Redbirds complete their first four-game sweep in Cincinnati since 1949. The Reds are 2-13 and off to their worst start since the 1931 squad opened 2-17.

— Bartolo Colon carried a perfect game into the eighth inning and Robinson Chirinos drove in the Rangers' runs in a 3-1, 10-inning victory at Houston. The 44-year-old Colon retired 21 straight hitters until Carlos Correa led off the eighth with a walk and Josh Reddick doubled one batter later. Chirinos delivered a two-run double in the 10th after homering for the only hit against Justin Verlander, who struck out 11 over eight innings.

— Jed Lowrie hit an early two-run homer off Felix Hernandez to send the Athletics past the Mariners, 2-1. Sean Manaea fired two-hit ball over seven innings and blanked Seattle until Taylor Motter's fifth-inning blast. The M's were unable to complete a three-game sweep despite Hernandez, who allowed just two runs and five hits with seven strikeouts and no walks over 6 1/3 innings.

— Six other games were postponed by rain or snow, including the Yankees' doubleheader with the Tigers in Detroit. The Indians and Blue Jays were rained out in Cleveland, as were the Royals and Angels at Kansas City and the Cubs-Braves clash at Wrigley Field. The Twins and White Sox were snowed out in Minnesota, wiping out the last three games of their four-game set.

MONDAY'S GAMES (All Times EDT)
AMERICAN LEAGUE
Baltimore at Boston, ppd.
Kansas City (Duffy 0-2) at Toronto (Garcia 1-0), 7:07 p.m.
Texas (Perez 1-1) at Tampa Bay (Snell 1-1), 7:10 p.m.
Chicago White Sox (Lopez 0-1) at Oakland (Mengden 1-2), 10:05 p.m.
Houston (Keuchel 0-2) at Seattle (Paxton 0-1), 10:10 p.m.
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Colorado (Marquez 0-1) at Pittsburgh (Brault 2-0), 7:05 p.m.
St. Louis (Wainwright 0-2) at Chicago Cubs (Lester 1-0), 7:05 p.m.
Washington (Hellickson 0-0) at N.Y. Mets (deGrom 2-0), 7:10 p.m.
Philadelphia (Nola 1-0) at Atlanta (Teheran 0-1), 7:35 p.m.
Cincinnati (Castillo 0-2) at Milwaukee (Suter 1-1), 7:40 p.m.
L.A. Dodgers (Ryu 1-0) at San Diego (Perdomo 1-1), 10:10 p.m.
INTERLEAGUE
Miami (Smith 0-1) at N.Y. Yankees (Tanaka 2-1), 6:35 p.m.

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