When you put up more errors than runs, the end result is likely not going to be in your favor. Proving the point, the Colorado Rockies (32-52) posted 1 run on 6 hits, and 4 errors in a 4-1 loss to the Washington Nationals (49-33) yesterday in DC. The rubber game of the series is this morning at 11:35 MT at Nationals Park (TV: Root Sports).

Left-hander Jeff Francis had his sixth straight strong start before leaving a 1-1 tie in the sixth with no outs and runners at first and third, but two key errors were part of a three-run inning that sank the Rockies.

The Rockies managed six hits -- three by Dexter Fowler -- and struck out 12 times, six against Nationals All-Star left-hander Gio Gonzalez, who tied Livan Hernandez's club record for wins at the All-Star break while improving to 12-3.

After Francis left with runners at first and third, Washington's Ryan Zimmerman greeted reliever Josh Roenicke with an RBI single. With Michael Morse hitting, Roenicke bounced a pitch that rookie catcher Wilin Rosario blocked. Rosario retrieved the ball, pump-faked, then fired the ball into center field for an error.

Another run scored later in the inning on Roenicke's wild pickoff throw to first base. The Rockies finished with four errors.

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