WASHINGTON – – Kyle Freeland struck out seven in six innings, Trevor Story hit a three-run homerun and the Colorado Rockies beat the Washington Nationals 6-0 on Saturday.
Brendan Rodgers had three hits, including his 14th three-shot homer in the game for a 2-0 lead at Colorado. Twelve of Rodgers’ 14 home runs this season have come from Coors Field.
“It’s bursting right now and it’s got to continuously burst,” Freeland said of Rodgers. “He has it all and I think he’s starting to realize it now.”
Story hit a high volley that slipped over the wall into right field in fourth to put the Rockies ahead 6-0. Story has 23 homers with 14 games to go after hitting 24 in each of its previous four full seasons.
“Overall I thought a number of the guys had good hitters (Saturday),” Colorado manager Bud Black said. “There were some good things offensively. Very well.”
Freeland (6-8) allowed seven hits and one walk, but lowered his ERA to 4.50. Juan Soto doubled up for Washington’s lone hit against Freeland, who had allowed eight home runs in his previous five starts.
Colorado is 7-1 on its nine-game trip ending Sunday in Washington. The Rockies are 51-44 since May 30. They were 19-34 before.
“Obviously you’re kind of rethinking and wish we had played like this sooner,” Story said. “(But) I don’t think we’re going to live too much in the past there.”
Patrick Corbin (8-15) dropped his league-leading 35th and 36th home runs on Saturday to take his ERA to 6.11. He lasted four innings against Colorado, allowed six runs (five earned), walked three, and struck out five strikes.
“He just had no control over his throws,” said Nationals manager Dave Martinez. “His fast pitch was erratic. He fell behind.
The Nationals are 12th in the ERA in the National 15-team League. The loss knocked Washington down to 60-88.
Second gentleman Douglas Emhoff threw the ceremonial first pitch to national first baseman Josh Bell on Saturday hours after Vice President Kamala Harris made the toss ahead of a football game between his alma mater Howard and the Visiting from Hampton University to Audi Field, home of DC United of MLS and just one block from Nationals Park.
Nationals: RHP Tanner Rainey (left side pain) was recalled Saturday from Triple-A Rochester. Washington sent reliever Wander Suero to the Red Wings.
RHP Paolo Espino (4-5, 4.18 ERA) will take the mound for the Nationals. RHP Jon Gray (8-10, 4.16) will pitch for Colorado.