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Diaz, Profar homer, Rockies beat Nationals 7-6

Colorado split its home-opening series with Washington.

DENVER — Elías Díaz had three hits, including his first home run this season, Jurickson Profar hit his first home run with Colorado and the Rockies weathered shaky pitching to beat the Washington Nationals 7-6 Sunday.

Ryan McMahon drew a bases-loaded walk in a four-run sixth for the go-ahead run, allowing the Rockies to gain a four-game split.

Dinelson Lamet (1-0) pitched a scoreless seventh, and Pierce Johnson got three outs for his third save. Yonathan Daza making a diving catch of CJ Abrams’ sinking liner to center for the final out.

Washington capitalized on Colorado’s erratic pitching to score four runs, including two in the second on successive balks by Ryan Feltner.

Brad Hand relieved Jake Bird with the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth and issued consecutive walks to Dominic Smith and Keibert Ruiz. Hand's wild pitch allowed Alex Call to score from third as Washington took a 6-3 lead.

Colorado rallied with four runs in the bottom half.

Chad Kuhl walked Mike Moustakas and gave up a double to Elehuris Montero. Erasmo Ramirez (0-1) relieved, Yonathan Daza hit a run-scoring groundout and Díaz doubled home another run. Charlie Blackmon hit an RBI single, Kris Bryant was hit by a pitch and Hobie Harris relieved and walked McMahon.

Profar's leadoff homer in the fifth tied the score 3-all.

Díaz connected for a solo shot in a two-run second.


Nationals: INF Luis García was out of the lineup for a second game due to right hamstring tightness. He went through some agility drills Sunday and manager Dave Martinez said García has improved and could return Monday.

Rockies: 1B-DH C.J. Cron, suffering from flu-like symptoms, missed a second consecutive game. … Injured 2B Brendan Rodgers was presented with his 2022 Gold Glove for defensive excellence during a pre-game ceremony. Rodgers, the eighth Rockies player to win a Gold Glove, was credited with 22 defensive runs saved to lead all second basemen and rank second among all major leaguers. He suffered a torn left labrum making a diving stop in a spring training game. He underwent surgery March 7 and likely will miss all of this season.


Nationals: LHP Patrick Corbin (0-2, 8.00 ERA) is set to start the opener Monday night in a three-game interleague series against the Los Angeles Angels. Corbin was a second-round draft pick of the Angels in 2009 and is facing his former team for the second time in his career.

Rockies: RHP Germán Márquez (1-1, 4.76 ERA) is scheduled to start Monday night against the St. Louis Cardinals, who will counter with LHP Steven Matz (0-1, 6.75 ERA).

Credit: AP
Colorado Rockies' shortstop Ezequiel Tovar, center fielder Yonathan Daza and left fielder Jurickson Profar celebrate a 7-6 win against the Washington Nationals in a baseball game, Sunday, April 9, 2023, in Denver. (AP Photo/Geneva Heffernan)


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