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  W: M. Scherzer (3-1)   L: J. Gray (1-3)
10:05 AM PT11:05 AM MT12:05 PM CT1:05 PM ET13:05 ET17:05 GMT1:05 10:05 AM MST12:05 PM EST12:35 PM VEN21:05 UAE12:05 PM CT, April 14, 2018
Nationals Park, Washington, District of Columbia  Attendance: 31,700

Scherzer, Nationals host Rockies

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Colorado Rockies at Washington Nationals

  1. The Nationals took two of three at home from the Braves following losses in their five previous games. They scored no more than four runs in both victories; since last year, the Nationals own MLB's highest win percentage (.408) when scoring four or fewer runs.
  2. The Rockies took the final game of their home series against the Padres to snap a three-game losing streak. The Rockies picked up nine hits in the win, their sixth game with at least that many this season, tied for second most in the National League (Brewers -- 7).
  3. Colorado is 10-9 against Washington since 2015, and own a 6-3 record in the nation's capital over that time. They have gone 104-137 at all other road venues since 2015, and average 5.11 runs per game in D.C. compared to 3.93 elsewhere.
  4. The Rockies' Nolan Arenado, Charlie Blackmon, Carlos Gonzalez, DJ LeMahieu and Trevor Story all have over 20 total bases through the team's first 13 games. The Rockies are one of three teams (LA Angels, Oakland) to have at least five players with 20-plus total bases thus far.
  5. Chad Bettis has gone at least five innings and allowed two or fewer earned runs on five or fewer hits in both of his starts this year. Going back to 2017, Bettis has done this in three consecutive starts.
  6. Gio Gonzalez has gone at least five innings and allowed no more than one earned run in both of his starts this season, trailing only Chris Sale (3) for the most such starts in MLB. Gonzalez has accomplished this in 40 of his 89 career starts at home as a National.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/12/2018 thru 4/15/2018

WASHINGTON -- Last time out Washington starter Max Scherzer turned in a gem to halt the team's five-game losing streak.

Saturday he'll be trying to stop a three-game skid when he opposes the Colorado Rockies.

Scherzer (2-1, 0.90 ERA) is coming off a dominating two-hit shutout of the Atlanta Braves on Monday night, a game in which he also stole a base. He struck out 10 and threw 102 pitches.

"You're just trying to go out there and give seven innings. Seven innings, 105 pitches, that's a good outing," he told "So for me, that's kind of what I was shooting for. At least finish seven. The fact that they made those first-pitch outs, that was the reason I was able to go the distance."

Scherzer has not enjoyed a lot of success against the Rockies, going 1-4 with a 4.76 ERA in eight career starts against the Rockies. He did not face the Rockies last year.

Carlos Gonzalez is 3-for-12 with three solo homes against Scherzer, while Nolan Arenado is 1-for-7.

Gonzalez homered and added a sacrifice fly in Colorado's 2-1 win on Friday night. The Rockies' bullpen threw 4 1/3 scoreless innings in Colorado's third straight victory.

"This year and last obviously, they're horses," Gonzalez said. "They go out there and we feel confident playing behind them knowing that they're going to keep the game the same."

Washington continues to struggle at the plate. The Nationals were held to four hits Friday and have scored five runs in their last three games. Friday's only run came on Bryce Harper's bases-loaded sacrifice fly.

"They know what they need to do," manager Dave Martinez said of Washington's hitters. "I don't panic. These guys are going to hit. I know they're going to hit."

Third baseman Anthony Rendon left the game after fouling a ball off his left big toe in the fifth inning. Martinez said X-rays were negative.

"We'll see how he feels tomorrow," Martinez said. "He took a pretty good hit on the toe."

Right-hander Jon Gray (1-2, 5.63) starts for Colorado Saturday. He allowed seven runs on a career-high 10 hits with two home runs in five innings and took the loss against the San Diego Padres his last time out. He is 0-1 with a 5.73 ERA in two career starts against Washington.

The Rockies got the news they feared Friday when Major League Baseball announced Arenado was suspended for five games for charging the mound after Luis Perdomo threw a pitch behind his back during Wednesday's game.

A brawl ensued and Rockies outfielder Gerardo Parra was suspended four games for fighting. Both are appealing and played Friday night.

"Five games is a lot of games," Arenado said before the game. "I just defended myself."

Gonzalez, who now has three homers, didn't hit his third until late May last season.

"I never consider myself a power hitter," he said. "When the home run comes, it's just a really good swing to a really good pitch and that means I'm under control, I'm not chasing bad pitches."

Outfielder Charlie Blackmon missed his fourth consecutive game with right quad tightness.

Colorado manager Bud Black, when asked if a trip to the disabled list was possible for Blackmon, said: "I don't want to say no, but I think it's more likely that he'll play in a game before he'll go on the DL."

Updated April 14, 2018

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