- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

DENVER (AP) - Jorge De La Rosa was solid in six scoreless innings, going to some deep counts and working around a flurry of walks to get the job done.

However, his Colorado Rockies teammates couldn’t do much to help him out.

For the second time in less than two weeks the Rockies struggled against Washington ace Stephen Strasburg at the plate, and Colorado’s relievers gave up four runs as the Nationals went on to a 4-1 victory Wednesday night.

“It’s frustrating we couldn’t do anything for Jorge,” Rockies first baseman Ben Paulsen said. “We have to be better for him when he’s pitching like that.”

De La Rosa walked six but left the game without allowing a run after some clutch pitching. He struck out Bryce Harper with a runner on third to end the fifth, and worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the sixth.

“I walked a lot of guys, but I threw a good pitch when I needed it,” De La Rosa said.

His offense gave him an early lead, too. After Zimmerman misplayed Paulsen’s grounder down the first-base line for a two-base error in the second, the Rockies’ first baseman moved to third on a groundout and later scored on a wild pitch to put Colorado up 1-0.

The offense went dry after that, however, as Strasburg retired 17 of last 18 batters he faced, including the final 10 in his seven innings.

“We knew he was going to be tough. We had a real hard time with him a week ago and he was every bit as good tonight,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said.

The bullpen couldn’t hold it again.

Gonzalez Germen allowed a two-out double to Harper and walked two straight to load the bases in the seventh. Germen then threw a wild pitch to Ryan Zimmerman and Harper scored easily to tie it at 1.

Washington again mounted a two-out rally off Rafael Betancourt (2-4) in the eighth. Wilson Ramos singled, pinch-hitter Clint Robinson walked and Werth lined a triple over the glove of right fielder Carlos Gonzalez to make it 3-1.

“It wasn’t that bad a pitch,” Weiss said. “It was a nice piece of hitting by Werth in a big spot there.”

Zimmerman added an RBI single in the ninth and Jonathan Papelbon got the final three outs for his 20th save and third with Washington.

The Rockies finished with only two hits. And four Colorado pitchers combined to walk nine batters a night after issuing 10 bases on balls.


Rockies: C Michael McKenry was placed on the 60-day DL with a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee. McKenry has played with a sore knee for most of the season.


Nationals: RHP Max Scherzer (11-9, 2.73) will make his first start at Coors Field since 2009 when he was with Arizona.

Rockies: LHP Yohan Flande (2-1, 4.19) has struggled against the Nationals in his career. He is 0-1 with a 5.87 ERA in three starts against Washington.

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