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Desmond’s Homer Lifts Nationals Past Rockies 4-3

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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 2: Ian Desmond #20 of the Washington Nationals celebrates solo home run in the seventh inning, to give the Nationals the lead, during a baseball against the Colorado Rockies on July 2, 2014 at Nationals Park in Washington, DC. The Nationals won 4-3. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 2: Ian Desmond #20 of the Washington Nationals celebrates solo home run in the seventh inning, to give the Nationals the lead, during a baseball against the Colorado Rockies on July 2, 2014 at Nationals Park in Washington, DC. The Nationals won 4-3. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — After a replay review, Ian Desmond’s solo homer provided the go-ahead run and the Washington Nationals rallied from a three-run deficit for 4-3 win over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night, sweeping the three-game series.

Jayson Werth also homered for Washington, which has won a season-high five straight.

Right-hander Matt Belisle (2-4) came on to face Desmond with one out in the seventh. Desmond’s hit appeared to bounce off the top of the wall in right center, then off the railing in front of the first row and onto the field.

He ended up on third, but after a review that took 3:42, Desmond was given his 15th homer.

Washington’s Doug Fister (7-2) allowed three runs on seven hits over seven innings.

Rafael Soriano pitched the ninth for his 20th save.

Michael McKenry hit a three-run homer for Colorado, which has lost 14 of 16 and finished its road trip 1-6.

Rockies rookie left-hander Tyler Matzek went 6 1-3 innings, allowing three runs on six hits in his fifth start. He struck out six — including the final three batters he faced — and walked one.

With the exception of Jose Lobaton spelling catcher Wilson Ramos, manager Matt Williams used the same lineup for the third straight game since Bryce Harper returned, with Harper in left, Ryan Zimmerman at third and Anthony Rendon at second.

The Rockies took 3-0 lead in the second.

Troy Tulowitzki and Corey Dickerson opened with singles. After Ryan Wheeler flied out, McKenry sent Fister’s second pitch into the Nationals bullpen for his first home run of the season.

Colorado hit the ball hard off Fister, but he limited the damage, finishing with five strikeouts and no walks while improving to 5-0 this season at Nationals Park.

Washington tied it in the fourth.

After Rendon singled, Matzek fell behind Werth 3-1. He left a fastball up and Werth sent it just over the center field fence for his seventh homer.

Harper followed with a bloop double to short left, went to third on a wild pitch, and scored on Desmond’s single.

Colorado turned a highlight-reel double-play in the first.

With no outs, second baseman DJ LeMahieu made a sliding stop of Rendon’s grounder behind second base and flipped it with his glove hand to shortstop Tulowitzki at second. Tulowitzki barehanded the toss facing center field, spun around and fired to first in time to get Rendon.

NOTES: The Rockies acquired RH Jair Jurrjens from the Reds for minor league first baseman Harold Riggins. Jurrjens, who was pitching at Triple-A Louisville, has a 53-37 record with a 3.63 ERA in seven major-league seasons. . An MRI on RH Jhoulys Chacin’s shoulder did not indicate a quick return from the DL. “It looks like he has some (rotator) cuff inflammation and we need to sit down with the medical staff and figure out a plan of attack,” manager Walt Weiss said. . Williams said Harper, who has hit sixth since returning from the DL on Monday, will eventually move up. “Does he hit two for us, three for us, does he hit four? Yes. Maybe not today, but he will.” . The Nationals are off Thursday, while Colorado hosts the Dodgers with LH Franklin Morales (4-4, 5.75) opposing RH Zack Greinke (10-4, 2.78).

By Harvey Valentine, AP Writer

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