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CarGo, stellar bullpen lead Rockies to victory over Nationals

WASHINGTON — The Rockies’ investments paid a big dividend Friday night.

Carlos Gonzalez, who returned to Colorado on a one-year, $8 million deal, hit a homer, drove in both runs and had two of the Rockies’ five hits in a 2-1 victory over the Nationals.

The bullpen blanked Washington for 4 ⅓ innings to secure the Rockies’ third consecutive victory. Right-hander Bryan Shaw (a three-year, $27 million contract) pitched a perfect seventh, striking out two. Closer Wade Davis (three years, $52 million) pitched a perfect ninth, striking out two, to notch his sixth save in seven chances.


Add in the performances of Scott Oberg, Mike Dunn and Adam Ottavino (one walk, one hit, no runs allowed and 18 strikeouts in 8 ⅔ innings this season) and Colorado’s bullpen was golden.

It wasn’t too long ago that Gonzalez, perched in right field, would look on with trepidation whenever Rockies relievers entered the game.

“It’s a tremendous difference,” he said. “These guys are horses. They’ll go out there and we feel confident playing behind them, knowing they are going to keep the game sane.”

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