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Gray gets 2nd major league win, Nationals beat Rockies 5-4

Josiah Gray pitched into the sixth inning to earn his second career win and the Washington Nationals beat the Colorado Rockies 5-4

DENVER (AP) - Josiah Gray pitched into the sixth inning to earn his second career win and the Washington Nationals beat the Colorado Rockies 5-4 on Monday night.

Luis García hit a two-run single and Alcides Escobar had three hits for the Nationals.

Gray (2-2), who made his major league debut with the Dodgers on July 20, has won consecutive starts.

The prized right-hander was acquired July 30 in the blockbuster trade that sent Max Scherzer and Trea Turner to Los Angeles. Gray got his first win at Miami last Wednesday when he struck out eight Marlins.

He allowed just two hits through five innings Monday but loaded the bases in the sixth with two walks and a single. Ryan McMahon's double to center field cleared the bases and cut Washington's lead to 4-3.

Colorado couldn't generate more offense against the Nationals' bullpen. The Rockies have lost 10 of 11 home games, including two three-game sweeps by the San Francisco Giants.

Colorado starter Germán Márquez (12-11) struggled with his location in the fourth when Washington took the lead. He hit Josh Bell on the foot with a pitch to put runners on first and second and then walked Keibert Ruiz with the bases loaded to force in the first run.

Márquez gave up a two-run single to García to make it 3-0. Juan Soto drove in another run with a groundout in the fifth and Escobar had an RBI single in the ninth.

Tanner Rainey allowed an RBI double to C.J. Cron in the bottom of the ninth before getting McMahon to ground out for his third save.

SCARY MOMENT

Colorado second baseman Brendan Rodgers was hit in the helmet by Gray's 92 mph fastball in the first inning. He fell to the ground and lay on the dirt as he was examined by a team trainer.

Rodgers got to a sitting position and eventually to his feet and stood before walking straight to the dugout. Garrett Hampson came on to run for Rodgers and stayed in the game at second base.

The Rockies later announced that Rodgers had passed all concussion protocols and was being monitored.

UP NEXT

Nationals LHP Patrick Corbin (9-15, 5.92 ERA) will face LHP Kyle Freeland (6-8, 4.50) in the second game of the series Tuesday.

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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Josiah Gray works against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Washington Nationals' Juan Soto hits into a force play but drives in a run against Colorado Rockies starting pitcher German Marquez in the fifth inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Colorado Rockies trainer Heath Townsend, left, helps Brendan Rodgers after he was hit by a pitch in the helmet by Washington Nationals starting pitcher Josiah Gray in the first inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Colorado Rockies third baseman Ryan McMahon, left, tags out Washington Nationals' Keibert Ruiz as he tries to advance from first to third base on a single hit by Luis Garcia in the fourth inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Washington Nationals' Alcides Escobar singles against Colorado Rockies starting pitcher German Marquez in the fifth inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Colorado Rockies' C.J. Cron, right, reacts after striking out as Washington Nationals catcher Keibert Ruiz looks on in the fourth inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)