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Rockies Vs. Nationals: Bullpen Costs Nationals In 4-3 Loss

Despite a strong start from Jordan Zimmerman, the Washington Nationals ended their first half of the season on a sour note, losing 4-3 to the Colorado Rockies on a run scored in the ninth inning.

Zimmerman went seven innings, allowing just three hits and one run while striking out two batters. The Nationals jumped out to a 3-1 lead on a Ian Desmond two-run home run in the fourth inning and a Steve Lombardozzi RBI single in the seventh after Colorado scored first on a Wil Nieves sac fly in the second.

Things went south for the Nats in the top of the eighth, as Sean Burnett allowed two runs without getting an out, as Eric Young Jr. hit a solo homer before a wild pitch scored Marco Scutaro to tie the game. Another wild pitch thrown by Tyler Clippard allowed the Rockies to take the lead in the top of the ninth, and gave them the win.

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