Rockies’ pitchers roughed up by Nationals in 13-7 loss

Rockies’ hitters produced. Rockies’ pitchers got pummeled. And the Rockies lost. Again.

Washington thumped Colorado, 13-7, in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Nationals Park. Colorado pitchers were blistered for 14 hits, including two home runs.

Worse, the Rockies handed out seven walks and hit a batter.

After opening the season 16-11, the Rockies have lost 14 of their last 18. They are 6-14 on the road, going 2-13 after a 4-1 start away from Coors Field.

Left-hander Austin Gomber had his second-worst start in a Rockies uniform. Staked with a 3-0 lead by C.J. Cron’s three-run, first-inning home run, Gomber promptly gave up five runs on six hits in the bottom of the frame. Gomber lasted only 1 1/3 innings and was charged with eight runs on seven hits as his ERA soared from 4.11 to 5.51.

“I didn’t really command anything and everything they hit kind of found a hole,” Gomber told the media after the game. “It just wasn’t my day. I was in bad counts pretty much the whole time I was in there. And it was pretty uncharacteristic with the walks … That’s not really how I pitch. We’ll just wipe it and be ready to go next time out.”

Said manager Bud Black: “Fastball command is a big part of his game and he just couldn’t get that pitch going. And his slider is also a big pitch for him and…

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