Reporting Byron Kerr
The Rockies edged the Nationals 3-2, thanks to a three-run outburst in the fourth in an inning where John Lannan left after taking a pitch to the face, Friday night in front of 19,046 at Nationals Park.
Colorado went after Lannan with three consecutive singles in the fourth. The final one off the bat of Rockies’ left-fielder Ty Wigginton went straight up the middle and hit Lannan on the nose. He went down immediately and came up bleeding profusely from his face.
Trainer Lee Kuntz escorted Lannan to the clubhouse. He was diagnosed with a nasal contusion and is listed as day-to-day.
Wigginton’s hit got Colorado on the board at 1-1. Ryan Mattheus balked in a run to make it, 2-1 Colorado. Cole Garner’s first major league hit and RBI lifted the Rockies to a 3-1 advantage.
The Nats had success against the Rockies’ starter Jason Hammel early, with the first three hitters reaching base. Roger Bernadina doubled to lead off the game, Dann Espinosa walked and Ryan Zimmerman notched a single.
A sacrifice fly by Jayson Werth plated Bernadina and the Nats led, 1-0.
The Nationals’ Wilson Ramos answered back in the bottom of the fourth inning with a solo blast to deep left center and Colorado’s lead was down to, 3-2.
The Nationals have lost two in a row and are now 5-4 on the final home stand before the All-Star break.