Desmond helps power Nats to 7-2 win over Rockies

The Washington Nationals hammered Colorado Rockies’ pitching for thirteen hits and seven runs on the way to a 7-2 series opening win for the Nats.  Five of those thirteen hits came from SS Ian Desmond.

Desmond went 5 for 5 at the plate and scored 3 runs while driving in 2 runs, factoring into five of the Nationals seven runs.   One of those hits was Desmond’s 17th home run of the season.   Prior tot he All Star Break, Desmond’s batting average hovered around .240, but his 5 hit performance increased his batting average to .253.

Washington struck the Rockies first with a four run fourth inning.  Desmond provided the first two runs with a two run home run to deep left that also scored Ryan Zimmerman.  After Wilson Ramos followed with a single, Danny Espinosa doubled in Ramos, providing Espinosa with his first RBI since June 8, and giving the Nationals a 3-0 lead.     Espinosa would later score on a throwing error by Franklin Morales.

The Rockies would get two runs back int he sixth inning off starter Doug Fister (9-2) to narrow the Nats’ lead to 4-2.  Fister ended the game by picking up ninth win, by throwing 5.2 innings and allowing nine hits and two runs.  It would end up being Fister’s third consecutive win.

The Nats would tack on two more runs in the sixth inning after Zimmerman walked and Desmond singled to put runners on first and second bases.  Ramos responded with a RBI shallow single that ended up scoring Zimmerman to increase the Nats lead to 5-2.  Desmond would score and make it 6-2 on a Rockies’ wild pitch to cap off a two run seventh inning.  Espinosa add the seventh and final run with an RBI triple in the ninth inning that scored Espinosa.   Espinosa finished the night going 2 for 4 at the plate with a triple, a run scored, and 2 RBI.   Ramos and Jayson Werth also collected two hits apiece.  Aaron Barrett, Jerry Blevins, and Ross Detwiler pitched 3.1 scoreless innings form the Nats’ bullpen.

The Nats win, combined with an Atlanta loss, moved the Nationals into sole possession of first place int he NL East, with a one game lead over Atlanta.  The Nats improved to 54-43 on the season.

NATS STREAKS:

Denard Span has a FIVE game hitting streak.

Jaayson Werth has a SIX game hitting streak.  He has doubled in THREE straight games.

Ryan Zimmerman has hit safely in EIGHT straight games and scored a run in FIVE straight games.

Ian Desmond has an EIGHT game hitting streak and a FIVE game run scoring streak.

Wilson Ramos has hit safely in THREE games.