Originally posted on CBS Denver:
DENVER (AP) – Early on, Stephen Strasburg didn’t have his best stuff and yet the powerful right-hander tried to bear down to keep his team close.
Almost paid off, too.
The Washington Nationals loaded the bases in the ninth before falling 6-4 to Jorge De La Rosa and the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday.
Strasburg (7-8) settled in after a shaky start, giving up four runs – three of which were in the first – and nine hits over 5 1-3 innings.
“Giving up three runs early, I could’ve easily shut it down,” Strasburg said. “I didn’t want to do that. I wanted to keep it as close as possible. Give the guys a chance to come back – anything can happen here.”
And almost did.
Closer LaTroy Hawkins got the first two outs in the ninth, before allowing RBI singles to Jayson Werth and Anthony Rendon to make it a…
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