Colvin's 2 HRs lead Rockies over Strasburg, Nats
WASHINGTON (AP) — The way Tyler Colvin has been hitting lately, no pitcher appears capable of nullifying his torrid bat.
Not even Stephen Strasburg.
Colvin became the first player to homer twice off Strasburg in the same game, and the Colorado Rockies beat Washington 5-1 Friday night to end the Nationals' four-game winning streak.
Colvin hit a solo shot in the second inning and a two-run drive in the fourth. The first one came on a 0-2 fastball and the second on a 3-2 changeup.
"I got lucky right there," Colvin said. "He got two-strike counts on me and he gave me something I could handle and was able to put a good swing on it."
Colvin also singled in the sixth off Strasburg and hit a fly ball to the warning track against Ryan Mattheus in the eighth.
"This is a guy that we're very proud of," manager Jim Tracy said. "I don't know that you can swing much better than he's swinging it right now."
Over his past five games, Colvin is 7 for 16 with five homers and 10 RBIs. This was his first appearance against Strasburg, but against Washington this season he's 10 for 17.
"If you throw a mistake, he's going to hit it just like any other guy in the league," Strasburg said. "For some reason, we've been making more mistake pitches to him than the other guys."
Dexter Fowler also connected for the Rockies, who had scored only nine runs in their previous five games. Drew Pomeranz (1-3) gave up one hit over 6 1-3 scoreless innings — a bloop to center by Bryce Harper in the fourth.
Strasburg (9-4) allowed three runs, two earned, and eight hits in six innings. The All-Star struck out six and walked one, but lost a third straight start for the first time in his three-year career.
"It's not a good feeling, but what can you do?" Strasburg said. "You can only go out there and give it everything you have and try to keep the team in the ballgame, but sometimes it's not going to work out."
In his previous start, Strasburg lasted only three innings before being removed because of heat-related issues in Atlanta. In this one, his fastball reached 98 mph in 96-degree temperatures, and Colvin was more of hindrance than the weather.
"I thought he threw the ball well," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said. "He made two mistakes to Colvin."
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