Strasburg, Nationals flatten Rockies 7-1

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 1, 2014 at 10:45 pm •  Published: July 1, 2014
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WASHINGTON (AP) — After his last start, Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg said his mechanics weren't right.

Tuesday night he was finely tuned.

Strasburg bounced back from his worst outing of the season with 7 2-3 strong innings, and Jayson Werth had two doubles and three RBIs in the Nationals' 7-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

"I just tried to execute pitches better. I wasn't trying to reinvent the wheel," he said. "I think I wanted to go out there and just trust myself, and just have a little bit finer focus. . I feel like I was able to keep the ball down a little bit."

Anthony Rendon added a two-run double for Washington, which has won four straight.

Strasburg (7-6) tied his career high by allowing seven earned runs in 4 2-3 innings in his last start — a loss in Milwaukee — and was 0-2 with a 7.27 ERA over his last three.

Tuesday night he struck out eight and walked one while giving up one run. The Rockies didn't get a runner past second until DJ LeMahieu's homer in the eighth.

"I think strike one is probably the biggest difference," manager Matt Williams said. "He got ahead of a lot of hitters tonight. His curveball was effective, his changeup was effective. Went deep in the game. He threw a lot of pitches, but he was in command."

Strasburg was lifted after walking Corey Dickerson with his 111th pitch.

Tuesday night also was a bounce back game for Werth, who was 7 for 52 in his last 13 coming in. He doubled home two runs in the first, another in the fourth and walked twice.

"(I) was here late last night watching video with Rick Schu, our hitting coach," Werth said. "Today, had a pretty good mindset going into the game and we made a minor adjustment, just kind of shorten (my swing) up a little bit."

Washington has scored seven runs in three straight games, albeit the last two against the pitching staff with baseball's worst ERA.

Bryce Harper went 1 for 5 in his second game back from the disabled list, and every Washington starter hit safely except Ian Desmond.

"There's not an easy out one thru eight," Strasburg said. "It's our job as pitchers to go out there and keep it close and let our (hitters) go out there and win the game."

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