Nats conclude record-breaking road trip with 16-5 blowout in Denver

DENVER - The Nationals scored 11 runs Wednesday to topple the Rockies. In Thursday’s series finale, they scored that many runs in the seventh inning. The Nationals pummeled the Rockies 16-5 to finish with their best record ever on a 10-plus game road trip (9-1, .900). Gio Gonzalez pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing only two runs on seven hits to improve his record to 3-0. ... read more

A pair of doubles helps Nats take early lead (Nats win 16-5)

DENVER - The Rockies were able to score first in the series finale, facing left-hander Gio Gonzalez. With two outs in the bottom of the first, Nolan Arenado launched a solo homer over the left field wall on a 2-0 offering to give the Rockies a 1-0 lead. The homer was his seventh of the season and travelled an estimated 408 feet. Bryce Harper walked ... read more

With Strasburg returning, Baker details plan for Jacob Turner

DENVER - The Nationals reinstated right-handed pitcher Stephen Strasburg from the paternity list Thursday. Earlier this week, Strasburg and his wife, Rachel, welcomed their second child, a baby girl. The club optioned left-hander Matt Grace to Triple-A Syracuse. Grace got four outs allowing one hit in a scoreless appearance here last night. That means the Nationals have decided to keep right-hander Jacob Turner, who started ... read more

Game 22 lineups: Nats at Rockies

DENVER - Left-hander Gio Gonzalez takes to the hill on a getaway day here at Coors Field. The Nationals have an opportunity to go 9-1 on this 10-game road trip with a win today. It is also Science Day here at Coors Field, with thousands of school children coming through the gates three hours and 40 minutes before first pitch. There is, however, a good ... read more

Roark battles for win, Zimmerman continues home run parade

DENVER - Tanner Roark got into a tough jam in the fifth inning Wednesday night when he walked three consecutive batters. But after throwing 104 pitches, Roark came out as the victor as the offense feasted on Rockies pitching and the bullpen held the lead for a resounding 11-4 Nationals victory. Roark (3-0) lasted five innings, scattering five hits and allowing only two runs despite ... read more

Nats’ lineup, 1 through 5, matching starting rotation for supremacy

DENVER - The Nationals were able to do something that manager Dusty Baker might not have thought was possible at the high-scoring happy confines of Coors Field: Score a ton of runs, but also keep the Rockies from having a big inning. The Nationals stopped the Rockies 11-4, slamming three home runs. Trea Turner came within a triple of hitting for the cycle on consecutive ... read more

Turner, Zimmerman and Murphy go yard (Nats win 11-4)

DENVER - The Nationals starting pitcher helped fuel an early rally for the second night in a row. In the top of the second Wednesday night, Daniel Murphy led off with a single. With one out, Jayson Werth walked. Jose Lobaton grounded back to the pitcher, moving the runners into scoring position. Tanner Roark worked back from an 0-2 count to draw a walk off ... read more

Dusty Baker has talk with struggling reliever Joe Blanton

DENVER - With the news that Koda Glover has a sore hip, the Nationals realize what might have been causing the right-hander’s struggles against the Rockies last night. He ended up allowing two runs in the seventh inning. But as for right-hander Joe Blanton, there is no obvious injury that could be pinpointed as the reason for the struggles the veteran has had recently. Blanton ... read more