DENVER (AP) — Edwar Cabrera had a forgettable night in a season of forgettable outings for the struggling Colorado Rockies starters.
Cabrera became the latest in a long list of ineffective starters, lasting just 2 1-3 innings in his major league debut in an 11-5 loss to the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night.
"I was a little bit nervous in the first inning," he said. "They are really good hitters here in the big leagues, really good mentality, really good approach."
Marco Scutaro had two hits and two RBIs for Colorado, which matched the Nationals with 14 hits but lost for the 16th time in 20 games.
Cabrera (0-1) allowed seven runs, five earned, and seven hits. He gave up three home runs in and left after walking Mark DeRosa, who scored on Jhonatan Solano's two-run double off reliever Matt Reynolds.
"I don't think he was overwhelmed at all by the aura of the major leagues," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "He might have been a little too ramped up, and when you get too ramped up with the type of pitcher that he is then you overthrow the ball. There's a loss of command that takes place. That's exactly what he dealt with tonight."
Colorado's starters haven't recorded a win since June 4 and have a 6.46 ERA this season.
Jordan Zimmermann pitched seven strong innings, Ryan Zimmerman and Tyler Moore both homered for the second straight game for the Nationals.
Moore finished with three hits, Ian Desmond also went deep and Bryce Harper had two hits for the Nationals, who had another big outburst at the plate. Washington scored nine runs once in its first 71 games before accomplishing the feat on consecutive nights against the Rockies.
The Nationals battered Rockies pitching again, one day after setting club marks for hits and extra-base hits since moving to Washington. They roughed up starter Edwar Cabrera, who was making his major league debut after getting called up from Double-A.