Hurt by miscues, Rockies wilt in D.C. heat

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WASHINGTON — A smoothly pitched game disintegrated in a pool of errors as the Rockies fell to the Nationals, 4-1, at Nationals Park, where temperatures topped 100 degrees on Saturday afternoon.

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

Washington’s Ryan Zimmerman greeted reliever Josh Roenicke with an RBI single. With Michael Morse hitting, Roenicke bounced a pitch that 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. MORE>>>

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