Fisters settles down, Werth and Desmond crush homers (Nats win 4-3)

The Rockies have been desperate to get their offense going in this series. They finally were able to deliver a big inning against the Nationals and Doug Fister early in the series finale.

Fister got through the first unscathed. But in the second, the Rockies started a rally with singles from Troy Tulowitzki and Corey Dickerson.

With two men on in the second, backup catcher Michael McKenry slammed a three-run shot over the left field wall, to give the Rockies a 3-0 lead. It was McKenry’s first homer of the season and only the 18th homer of his career.

Denard Span and Jayson Werth had singles in the first off of Rockies starter Tyler Matzek, but a spectacular barehanded relay by Tulowitzki on a double play erased a potential big inning.

Update: In the second on a double play ground ball to first base off the bat of Bryce Harper, first baseman Justin Morneau threw to Tulowitzki covering the bag at second to tag Ryan Zimmerman out.

Nationals manager Matt Williams challenged the call at second. Through video replay review, the ruling at second base stood. The delay took approximately two minutes and 55 seconds. The Nationals have no remaining challenges available for the rest of the game.

The Rockies lead the Nationals 3-0 after two innings.

Update II: In the fourth, Werth got the offense ignited with a two-run shot to the red porch in left-center, which scored Anthony Rendon cut the Rockies’ lead to 3-2. It was Werth’s first homer since June 11.

With two outs, Harper turned a blooper down the left field line into a double. Harper went to third on a Matzek wild pitch.

Ian Desmond then delivered a seeing-eye single between second and third to plate Harper and the Nationals tied the game at 3-3.

Update III: After Matzek was lifted with one out in the seventh, Desmond greeted reliever Matt Belisle with a solo homer that appeared to bounce off the top of the right-center field wall.

Because the ball bounced off the top of the wall and back in play, the umpires called it a base hit, but not a homer. Williams requested the umpiring crew review the hit to see if it did clear the wall. The crew confirmed it was a home run. The review took approximately three minutes and 42 seconds. The homer gave the Nats a 4-3 lead as the game heads to the eighth.

Fister finished seven innings, allowed seven hits, three earned runs on the McKenry homer, walked none and struck out five. He tossed a very economical 80 pitches, 56 for strikes.

Update IV: Rafael Soriano came on to pitch the ninth. He quickly retired the first two batters he faced. After allowing a two-out single to Charlie Culberson, Soriano retired Josh Rutledge to secure the Nats’ 4-3 win.

It was save No. 20 on the season for Soriano.

With the win, the Nationals improve to 46-38.

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