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Topic - Adam Laroche
Behind three hits from Adam LaRoche, the Nationals got their second straight win in Colorado, a 7-4 victory over the Rockies.
LaRoche broke out of a July slump with a tiebreaking home run in the seventh, Anthony Rendon had three hits and the Washington Nationals rallied to beat the Colorado Rockies 7-4 on Tuesday night.
Kevin Durant posted an Instagram photo of himself wearing a conspicuously Werth-y beard.
No team in the NL has a better run differential (plus-61). That's a good predictor of which teams will make the playoffs. The starting rotation, missing Doug Fister for five weeks with an elbow injury and Gio Gonzalez (shoulder) for a month, still has a 3.28 ERA, third in the sport. The bullpen also ranks third overall (2.67 ERA). This is still a club built around its pitching. The offense just has to be good enough.
Gio Gonzalez pitched two-hit ball over seven innings in the opener for a 3-0 Nationals victory. In the night game, Washington tagged Jeff Samardzija for six runs over five innings to salvage a four-game series split.
With one out in the 16th, Adam LaRoche hit a sharp single that bounced off the wall in right field on one hop. Zimmerman then hit his third home run of the year to give the Nationals the lead in a game that took 5 hours, 22 minutes.
Ryan Zimmerman crushed his first homer in nearly two months to give the Nationals a late-night, 16-inning win over the Brewers.
Gonzalez combined with three relievers to hold Milwaukee to three hits, and Adam LaRoche hit a three-run homer in Washington's 3-0 win Monday night.
Gio Gonzalez combined with three relievers to hold Milwaukee's potent lineup to three hits, and Adam LaRoche hit a three-run homer to help the Nationals beat the Brewers 3-0 on Monday night.
The Nationals improved to 3-7 against Atlanta. They increased their division lead over the Braves to 1 1/2 games. Roark (7-4) went 5 1/3 innings, allowing a run and four hits.
After a 3-0 loss to the Braves on Thursday night, the Nationals are now 7-19 against their NL East rivals over the last two seasons.
Zimmermann's 76 pitches were the franchise's lowest total in a complete game since it relocated to Washington in 2005. But he made one big mistake, and Matt Adams drove it over the wall in center to lead Lance Lynn and the St. Louis Cardinals to a 1-0 victory Friday night.
Just as they get set for a tough West Coast road trip, the Nationals are playing their best baseball of 2014.
The pitch floated toward home plate at a deliberate 59 miles per hour.
After getting thoroughly dominated by Yu Darvish, several Nats players gave insight into what makes him so effective.
"You swing hard enough enough times you're bound to run into somethings. I've been playing long enough to know a lot of times it takes one swing," LaRoche said. "I've been in a rut for a little while, my timing's been out of whack, so this came at a good time."
"Guy's just coming back from the DL, getting his swing back and you hate to see that," LaRoche said. "Cross our fingers it's nothing major."