WP: John Patterson (4-2)
LP: Shawn Chacon (1-6)
S: Chad Cordero (33)
WAS: 54-40 (1st in NL East, 1.5 ahead of Atlanta)
COL: 32-60 (5th in NL West, 17 behind San Diego)
The Nationals got a much-needed win over the terrible Rockies last night, doing all their scoring in the second and eighth innings while the Rockies did all their scoring never.
Ryan Church and Jamey Carroll had RBIs in the second and Brian Schneider and Preston Wilson added RBIs in the eighth to score the Nats' four runs.
John Patterson pitched eight innings of three-hit ball to lower his ERA to 2.69. Mike Stanton started the ninth and gave up a hit to the only batter he faced before Chad Cordero came in to get his 33rd save.
Shawn Chacon, who has been mentioned in trade talks as someone who could help a team in a pennant race, gave up two runs on seven hits and two walks in seven innings to drop his win-loss record to a pennant-race-worthy 1-6.
The Braves lost to the Giants, 5-4, so the Nationals once again have a 1.5 game lead in the National League East.
The rubber match of the three game set between the Nats and Rocks comes tonight at 7:05 at RFK. The Nationals send ace Livan Hernandez (12-3, 3.41 ERA, throws right) to the hill against another guy who is continuously mentioned as a player who could help a contending team, Jason Jennings (5-9, 5.08 ERA, throws right).