Reeling Rockies lose to Nationals, drop fifth straight at Coors Field

The Rockies are limping toward the finish line and it ain’t pretty.

The rebuilding Washington Nationals (65-91) beat the Rockies 5-4 on Monday night at Coors Field, extending Colorado’s losing streak to five games as all-star pitcher German Marquez’s second-half slump continued.

“I feel good, it was a great season and I stayed healthy all year and that’s the best thing to me,” said Marquez, who pitched five innings in his final start of the season to finish 12-11 with a 4.40 ERA.

The right-hander admitted that a little bit of fatigue set in September. During last year’s 60-game season, he pitched 81 2/3 innings. He finished this season with 180 innings and he said he felt the difference.

“I think it got me this month and I got a little bit tired,” Marquez said. “So the last month got me, but that’s no excuse … But next year is going to be amazing.”

At one point this season, the Rockies owned one of the best home records in the majors, but they are 1-6 on their final homestand of the season and 3-13 over their last 16 games at Coors.

The Nationals threatened to blow the game wide open in the ninth against closer Carlos Estevez. With one run already in, they loaded the bases with no outs but Estevez got the dangerous Juan Soto to pop out to shallow left field and got Josh Bell to ground into a one-two-three double play.

That set the stage for Colorado’s mini-rally in the bottom of the frame. Trevor Story drew a two-out walk off of Tanner Rainey and scored on C.J. Cron’s double into the left-field corner. But Ryan McMahon grounded out to second for the final out.

Nationals right-hander Josiah Gray, making his 12th big-league start, blanked the Rockies for five innings, allowing just two singles. He hit the wall in Colorado’s three-run sixth, but nevertheless picked up his second win of the season.

Garrett Hampson led off the sixth with a single, Charlie Blackmon and Story walked, and McMahon hit a three-run double off the center-field wall, missing a grand slam by a few feet. McMahon has hit a career-high 30 doubles, easily surpassing the 22 he hit in 2019.

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