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Bell, Soto HRs back Fedde's sharp outing, Nationals rout Rockies

Colorado's C.J. Cron connected for his ninth home run of the season in Tuesday night's loss.
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Washington Nationals' Josh Bell scores on a single by Keibert Ruiz off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Justin Lawrence in the ninth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 3, 2022, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER — Erick Fedde pitched seven sharp innings, Josh Bell and Juan Soto homered, and the Washington Nationals continued their high-scoring ways on the road by beating the Colorado Rockies 10-2 on Tuesday night.

Keibert Ruiz had three hits and three RBIs and Yadiel Hernández added three hits and two RBIs for the Nationals, who entered the game averaging a major-league high 6.4 runs on the road.

Fedde (2-2) limited the Rockies to six hits and a run on Randal Grichuk’s RBI forceout in the third inning. He struck out three and walked two to reverse his fortunes at Coors Field, where Fedde had gone 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in four previous appearances here.

C.J. Cron connected for his ninth homer of the season in the eighth inning off reliever Erasmo Ramírez for Colorado.

Germán Márquez (0-2) allowed seven runs on 10 hits in five innings, extending a rough stretch over his last three starts in which he has given up 15 earned runs in 14 2/3 innings for a 9.20 ERA in that span.

Bell finished with three hits, including a three-run homer off Márquez in the third.

Victor Robles’ sacrifice fly in the fourth extended the Nationals’ lead to 4-1 and Soto connected for his fifth homer of the season leading off the fifth. Ruiz capped Washington’s three-run fifth with a two-run single and Hernández had a two-run double in the seventh.

NICE CATCH

Nationals manager Dave Martinez took advantage of the Nationals’ off day Monday to do some fly fishing in Colorado. He said he caught an eight-pound rainbow trout.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Nationals: INF-OF Dee Strange-Gordon completed a weeklong rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Rochester and was reinstated from the injured list following an illness. In corresponding moves, INF Lucius Fox was optioned to Class AAA Rochester and RHP Aníbal Sánchez (cervical nerve impingement) was transferred to the 60-day IL.

Rockies: INF-OF Garrett Hampson was reinstated from the 10-day injured list after recovering from a right-hand contusion.

UP NEXT

Washington LHP Patrick Corbin (0-4, 8.69 ERA) will be seeking his first win of the season when he starts Thursday night against Colorado’s LHP Austin Gomber (1-2, 3.86 ERA).

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