WASHINGTON — Before Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper got tossed, the Nationals were on the wrong side of an intentional-walk wild pitch. Starter A.J. Cole threw the ball away while trying to walk Daniel Descalso in the fourth, which allowed Nolan Arenado to score.
“I really don’t know,” Cole told reporters when asked what went wrong on the play. “It’s just one of those things that happened. First time I’ve ever done it and hopefully it never happens again.”
Nats manager Dusty Baker has spoken out against rule changes that would make plays like the intentional walk an automatic play instead of requiring four pitches. After the game, he doubled down on that stance.
“I haven’t seen an intentional walk go awry in a long time,” Baker said. “They were just going to say, ‘Take your base’ intentionally, but that’s a reason you know for it not to.”
Cole allowed three runs on four hits in 5 2/3 innings. Recently acquired reliever Marc Rzepczynski allowed one run — unearned because of his own throwing error — in 2 1/3 innings, his longest outing since the 2011 NLCS.
With his RBI single in the fourth, Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos snapped a 1-for-23 slump. Ramos is the National League’s best hitting catcher this season with a .312 average.
Rockies closer Adam Ottavino’s streak of not allowing a run ended at 31 1/3 innings on Jayson Werth’s RBI single that tied the score in the ninth. Dating to Sept. 6, 2014, it was the longest active streak in the majors.
“It’s disappointing, obviously, when he got the hit, but the game’s over if the next guy gets a hit,” said Ottavino, who got Murphy to ground out to send the game to extra innings. “I’m happy I got that guy out so we were able to do what we did and win the game.”
Rockies: Weiss said RHP Tyler Chatwood (mid-back strain) will go on a rehab assignment with details still to be determined.
Nationals: RHP Joe Ross, who has been out since early July with shoulder inflammation, will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Syracuse on Sunday.
RHP Chad Bettis (10-7, 5.29 ERA) starts for the second time in 12 days against the Nationals, who will call up RHP Lucas Giolito (0-0, 4.91) to make his fourth career major league start.
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