WASHINGTON (AP) – Elías Diaz hit the tying homer and Brendan Rodgers had an RBI single for the Colorado Rockies to come back in the ninth inning, beating the Washington Nationals 9-8 on Friday night.
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Venezuelan Diaz hit his home run off Kyle Finnegan (5-8) at the start of the ninth inning, to equalize the score at 8-8. A single, steal, walk and sacrifice preceded Rodgers’ turn.
Before his single, Rodgers homered, as did Sam Hilliard.
The Nationals trailed 7-6 in the eighth inning when pinch-hitter Ryan Zimmerman doubled and scored on a single by Alcides Escobar, which tied the score. Juan Soto was walked on four straight pitches by left-hander Lucas Gilbreath (2-1) to fill the house and Josh Bell hit a grounder to give Washington the lead.
For the Rockies, the Venezuelans Diaz 4-1 with a run scored and an RBI, Germán Márquez 1-0.
For the Nationals, the Venezuelans Escobar 5-2 with an RBI, Kiebert Ruiz 5-3 with a run scored and an produced. The Dominican Soto 2-1 with one scored. The Cuban Yadiel Hernández 5-1.