Posted by Mike Rice
DENVER (AP) -- Jhoulys Chacin won for the first time since April, Tyler Colvin homered twice and drove in four runs, and the Colorado Rockies beat the Washington Nationals 8-3 on Tuesday night.
Carlos Gonzalez hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in Colorado's five-run fifth inning.
Chacin (4-3) allowed two runs on seven hits in five innings to end a string of four straight no decisions and three consecutive losses since his last win on April 19, when he pitched into the seventh inning to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks only to be forced out of that game by lower back tightness. He spent a couple weeks on the disabled list recuperating.
Trailing 2-0, the Rockies got to Dan Haren (4-8) in the fifth, sending 10 men to the plate.
Wilin Rosario drew a leadoff walk and Colvin, who made his Rockies debut Sunday after starting the year at Triple A Colorado Springs, drove a 2-1 pitch into the right field seats for his first home run.
One out later, pinch-hitter Jordan Pacheco, batting for Chacin, singled up the middle and Dexter Fowler doubled to right.
Nolan Arenado grounded out before Gonzalez, who struck out in his two previous at bats against Haren, smacked an 88 mph cutter the opposite way to put the Rockies in front with his 18th home run of the season.
Colvin put the Rockies up 7-3 when he connected for a two-run shot in the eighth off reliever Drew Storen. It was his fourth career multihomer game and first since last July 6, also against Washington. The Rockies added a final run on Arenado's bases-loaded double-play grounder.Haren went five
and allowed six of his eight hits in the fifth. He lost for the fifth time in the past six outings.
Washington took the early lead on Denard Span's two-run double in the second. Ian Desmond had an RBI single in the eighth to extend his hitting streak to career-high 13 games. However, the Nationals finished with eight hits, ending a season-high string of four consecutive games with double-digit hit totals.
Washington fell to 2-9 in its last 11 road games.
Nationals OF Bryce Harper will be r-evaluated in a week after getting a cortisone injection in his swollen left knee. He's also wearing a brace to ensure he rests the joint. ... RHP Stephen Strasburg, who's on the DL with a lat strain, threw a simulated game Tuesday and manager Davey Johnson said he came out of it well. Strasburg is eligible to come off the DL on Sunday. ... Rockies reliever Edgmer Escalona was placed on the 15-day DL with right elbow inflammation and LHP Josh Outman was recalled from Triple A Colorado Springs. ... Michael Cuddyer (rib strain) was out of the Rockies starting lineup for a fourth straight game but is said to be improving and could be back soon. ... Haren has worked a scoreless first inning in 12 of his 13 starts this season.