WASHINGTON (AP) — The Colorado Rockies are frustrated, sure. Panicking? No way.
After generating one run and six hits in the series opener against Jordan Zimmermann, the Rockies managed the same against a dominant Stephen Strasburg and two relievers.
Strasburg struck out nine over seven innings and Ian Desmond homered in his third straight game as the Nationals beat Colorado 2-1 on Friday night, sending the Rockies to their fifth straight loss.
"You don't want to lose this many games in a row but I think we've been in a lot of games so it's just a matter of time until we break through," Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood said of the current slide. "I think we'll be just fine."
Making his 14th start of the season, Strasburg (4-6) allowed one run on five hits for his first victory since May 31. After DJ LeMahieu's RBI single in the third inning, Strasburg kept the Rockies scoreless.
Trailing 1-0 with two outs in the bottom of the sixth, Anthony Rendon singled off Chatwood and came around to score the tying run on Ryan Zimmerman's double into the right field corner.
Facing reliever Manny Corpas (0-2) leading off the seventh, Desmond swatted a 2-0 pitch over the center field wall for his 12th homer.
Colorado picked up a timely two-out hit against Strasburg in the third as LeMahieu singled to left, scoring Josh Rutledge from second. That was the Rockies only hit in 11 at-bats with runners in scoring position. Over the five losses, the Rockies have scored eight runs.
"We've played good baseball, we just haven't come up with big hits," said right fielder Michael Cuddyer, who extended his hitting streak to 19 games with a first-inning single. "We've run into some tough pitching over the last week but we have to come out here tomorrow and play good baseball again."
Desmond's home runs have come during each game in the three-win streak, Washington's longest since claiming five straight from May 4-10.
"We've been playing better baseball, that's the most important thing," Zimmerman said of the back-to-back-to-back victories. "The past four or five games we've really started to play like we should have been playing."