WASHINGTON (AP) DJ LeMahieu hit a tiebreaking two-run single off Drew Storen with two out in the eighth inning, sending the Colorado Rockies to a 6-4 victory over the Washington Nationals on Sunday.
Carlos Gonzalez hit two solo shots and Daniel Descalso also went deep for Colorado, which has won three of four. Gonzalez, who hit a grand slam against Storen on Friday night, is batting .394 with 15 homers and 34 RBIs in his last 27 games.
John Axford (4-5) got five outs for the win, and Tommy Kahnle worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth while recording his second save.
Ryan Zimmerman homered twice for the Nationals, who remained 1 1/2 games behind the NL East-leading Mets. Max Scherzer struck out 10 in six innings, but allowed four runs and eight hits.
Washington tied it at 4 in the sixth when Jayson Werth scored on Michael Taylor's one-out bouncer to third. Nolan Arenado's throw home pulled catcher Michael McKenry away from the plate.
But the Rockies bounced back in the eighth. Ben Paulsen reached on a leadoff single and McKenry was hit by a pitch. Following a sacrifice and a fielder's choice, LeMahieu drove in McKenry and Kyle Parker with a single to left.
Storen (2-2), who lost the closer job when Jonathan Papelbon was obtained in a July 28 trade with Philadelphia, had a 1.52 ERA coming into the series. Sunday's outing left him with a 2.70 ERA.
Rockies starter Yohan Flande allowed three runs and six hits in 4 2-3 innings.
Zimmerman and Jayson Werth connected on consecutive pitches in the second to give Washington back-to-back homers for the first time this year. Zimmerman's homer in the third was his ninth of the year and fourth in 42 at-bats since being activated from the disabled list following a foot injury.
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Eight of Zimmerman's 13 hits since he returned from the DL have gone for extra bases (five doubles, three homers).
Rockies: With a day game after a night game in the midst of 10 straight games without an off day, manager Walt Weiss rested C Nick Hundley and LeMahieu in favor of McKenry and Descalso. LeMahieu entered in the seventh.
Nationals: RHP Aaron Barrett's option was voided. He was placed on the 15-day DL retroactive to Aug. 6 with a sprained right elbow.
Rockies: RHP Jon Gray (0-0, 4.50 ERA) opens Colorado's four-game series in New York against the Mets on Monday night. Gray, 23, allowed five hits and two earned runs in four innings in his major league debut last Tuesday against Seattle.
Nationals: LHP Gio Gonzalez (8-4, 3.75 ERA) gets the ball for Washington on Monday night in the opener of a three-game series in Los Angeles against the NL West-leading Dodgers. Gonzalez is 2-0 with a 2.61 ERA in four starts since the All-Star break.