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The Rockies beat the Nationals 8-4 Monday night at Coors Field, snapping the Nats 7-game win streak

Posted: 11:04 PM, Apr 24, 2017
Updated: 2017-04-25 05:04:43Z

DENVER --  Charlie Blackmon  hit a two-run homer in the seventh, Colorado's lights-out bullpen threw three-plus scoreless innings and the Rockies beat Washington 8-4 on Monday night, ending the Nationals' seven-game winning streak.

Trailing 4-3, Blackmon lined a hanging slider from lefty  Enny Romero  (1-1) into the right-field stands. It was Blackmon's sixth homer of the season and followed a pinch-hit double from  Pat Valaika  -- his first hit of the season.

The Rockies' relievers came through once again after starter  Tyler Anderson  wore down.  Carlos Estevez  (2-0) got four outs and  Adam Ottavino  threw an effective eighth.  Greg Holland  pitched the ninth in a non-save situation after the Rockies added three insurance runs in the eighth. He got pinch-hitter  Bryce Harper  to ground out to end the game.

The Rockies' bullpen is now 6-0 with a 2.62 ERA, which is tops in the NL.

Facing their first lefty starter of the season, the Nationals struggled early against Anderson, who features a quirky leg kick. They finally solved Anderson in the sixth, with  Ryan Zimmerman  providing the big blow -- a two-run homer to center as part of a four-run inning.

Washington arrived in Denver around 4:30 a.m. after sweeping the Mets in New York on Sunday. Harper and  Matt Wieters  both got the night off.

Spot starter  Jacob Turner  was cruising along until the bottom of the sixth, when he surrendered a two-run homer to  Mark Reynolds . Turner was called up from Triple-A Syracuse before the game. The Nationals juggled around their rotation with  Stephen Strasburg  going on the paternity list.

At 14-6, the Rockies are off to one of their best starts in franchise history. It may only be April, but they viewed this four-game series against the Nationals as a mini measuring stick.

"Why not?"  Nolan Arenado  said. "I don't know if I can sit here and say it's a big series. But we have to take care of business at home, no matter who it is. It could be them or the worst team in the league."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: Manager Dusty Baker said INF  Stephen Drew  (strained hamstring) is "making pretty good progress."

Rockies: First baseman  Ian Desmond  (broken left hand) took 25 swings during batting practice, ran the bases and took some grounders. "My hand felt good," Desmond said. There remains no timetable for Desmond's return.

THIS & THAT

Rockies catcher  Tony Wolters  had three hits, including a pair of run-scoring singles. ... Nationals 3B  Anthony Rendon  had three singles.

YOUNG ROTATION

 

Righty  German Marquez  will be recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque to start Tuesday. He will be the third rookie pitcher in the Rockies' rotation, joining lefty  Kyle Freeland  and righty  Antonio Senzatela .

"I like young players. I like young pitchers. I like these guys," manager Bud Black said.

FONDNESS FOR DUSTY

Black counts Baker as one of his managerial mentors. He pitched in 1993 and `94 for Baker when they were with the  San Francisco Giants .

"He's a good manager, and a good guy, and a good friend," Black said.

UP NEXT

Nationals:  Joe Ross  (1-0, 3.86 ERA) had his start pushed back a day to Tuesday. This will be the right-hander's first start against the Rockies.