Kyle Freeland delivered an absolute gem for his final home start of the lost Rockies season.
Colorado broke its five-game losing streak at Coors Field on Tuesday with a 3-1 win over the Nationals. Freeland placed Washington in seventh place – throwing strikes on 91 of 62 pitches – before he walked into his lone earned run of the night.
Trevor Storey blasted a 475-foot solo homer in the fifth to help bring the Colorado offense to life.
The Rockies (72-85) closed their final homestand of the season on Wednesday with an opportunity to secure their three-game series against the Nationals.
Freeland closed the nationals on Tuesday with soft contact – 15 forced ground/fly balls – and worked out of constant early traffic. Freeland then retired to the Nationals on just 11 pitches in the fifth. But trouble came with two outs in the seventh when Freeland loaded the bases and went home to Yadil Hernandez.
Washington went 2-1 as the Rockies turned to their bullpen. Freeland ended his night with an earned run on six hits, three strikes and four walks.
Colorado’s offense stepped up to provide a cushion in the seventh when Raimel Tapia’s leadoff triple was rewarded with a Brendan Rodgers RBI double. Neither team produced an offense until the fourth inning when a Ryan McMahon RBI doubled lefty Patrick Corbin to CJ Crohn in the Nationals start.
The Rockies bullpen combination of Tyler Kinley and Jordan Sheffield kept Washington in check. Carlos Estevez earned the save for Colorado with the score in the ninth inning.
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