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Ian Desmond’s ninth-inning homer lifts Rockies to improbable win over Nationals – The Denver Post

WASHINGTON — Ian Desmond strode the plate Sunday afternoon with a .175 average after going 1-for-14 with six strikeouts in the three previous games of the series against the Nationals.

Naturally, Desmond blasted a solo homer to center in the ninth inning off of Sean Doolittle, lifting the Rockies to an improbable 6-5 victory and allowing them to capture the four-game series. Desmond was down 0-2 and then worked the count full before hitting his game-winner. It was the first go-head homer in the top of the ninth of Desmond’s career.

Desmond rescued reliever Adam Ottavino, whose wild pitch allowed Michael Taylor to score from third base and tie the game, 5-5, in the eighth.

Colorado’s additional heroes were DJ LeMahieu and Charlie Blackmon — best buddies and former roommates — who kept the Rockies alive in a strange, mistake-filled affair at Nationals Park.

LeMahieu’s solo homer in the eighth inning off Shawn Kelley gave the Rockies a 5-4 lead. LeMahieu has already slugged five homers, a number he didn’t reach last season until Aug. 26. Blackmon, batting third as Nolan Arenado continued to serve his suspension, hit a solo shot off Washington starter Stephen Strasburg in the fourth and ripped a two-run double down the right-field line in the sixth.

The Rockies got an ugly, abbreviated start from left-hander Tyler Anderson, who walked six. All told, Colorado pitchers issued 10 free passes. It’s rare that a team can do that an win a game, but the Rockies managed to get away with it.

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