Desmond's homer lifts Nationals past Rockies 4-3

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 2, 2014 at 9:41 pm •  Published: July 2, 2014
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Ian Desmond had to wait nearly four minutes on third base Wednesday night while his potential go-ahead home run was reviewed.

"I was just wondering what I was going to do if they messed it up," he said, "and luckily they didn't."

After the replay review, Desmond's solo homer provided the go-ahead run as the Washington Nationals rallied from a three-run deficit for 4-3 win over the Colorado Rockies, sweeping the three-game series.

Right-hander Matt Belisle (2-4) came on to face Desmond with one out in the seventh. Desmond's hit appeared to bounce off the top of the wall in right center, then off the railing in front of the first row and onto the field.

"The way it bounced back hard like that I kind of assumed it was over, and the way that (center fielder Drew) Stubbs kind of just didn't go after it made it a little bit easier," he said. "But at that point I was like 'I'm going to get a triple,' so yes I thought it was gone, but I wasn't 100 percent sure."

After a review that took 3:42, Desmond had his 15th homer.

Jayson Werth also homered for Washington, which has won a season-high five straight.

Washington's Doug Fister (7-2) was hit hard early and allowed three runs on seven hits over seven innings.

"Constant battle all night," he said. "Biggest thing was making sure the ball got down in the zone."

Tyler Clippard handled the eighth and Rafael Soriano pitched the ninth for his 20th.

Michael McKenry hit a three-run homer for Colorado, which has lost 14 of 16 and finished its road trip 1-6.

Rockies rookie left-hander Tyler Matzek went 6 1-3 innings, allowing three runs on six hits in his fifth start. He threw 95 pitches, striking out six and walking one.

Matzek struck out the final three batters he faced — the last one being left-handed Bryce Harper - before manager Walt Weiss brought in Belisle to face the right-handed Desmond.

"I think (Matzek) got stronger as the game went on, but he was in uncharted territory," Weiss said. "He's a young guy that probably hasn't thrown more than 90, 95 pitches in the game."

The Rockies took 3-0 lead in the second.

Troy Tulowitzki and Corey Dickerson opened with singles. After Ryan Wheeler flied out, McKenry connected with Fister's second pitch for his first home run of the season.