DENVER (AP) — Jose Iglesias had a two-run double and Connor Joe a two-run triple in consecutive at-bats in the fourth inning after a crucial error by shortstop Alcides Escobar, and the Colorado Rockies rallied to beat the Washington Nationals 5-2 on Wednesday night.
Charlie Blackmon added an RBI groundout in the five-run inning, while Austin Gomber (2-2) pitched 6 2/3 strong innings in the Rockies’ fourth win in five games.
“They opened up the door for us and (Iglesias) delivered with a big blow,” manager Bud Black said of the shortstop who replaced departed free-agent Trevor Story. “We took advantage of a couple mistakes and that’s what you need to do.”
Lane Thomas hit his first homer and Cesar Hernandez went 2 for 4 with an RBI to extend his hitting streak to 10 games for the Nationals, who committed three errors. Escobar also struck out three times and Washington hit into four double plays as its two-game winning streak was stopped.
With the Nationals up 1-0, Escobar booted a grounder that could have been an inning-ending double play for his second error of the game to load the bases. Iglesias followed with a liner to right off Patrick Corbin (0-5), and center fielder Victor Robles then couldn’t make a diving catch of Joe’s hard-hit ball.
“I fielded the ground ball perfectly and then when I tried to transfer it, it just got tangled up in my hand,” Escobar said through an interpreter. “They’re errors that I call dumb. I don’t want to commit them and I feel extremely bad. And I feel even worse since Corbin did a tremendous job for us out there.”
Corbin went all eight innings, giving up five runs — three earned — and nine hits with no walks and three strikeouts.
Corbin became the first pitcher to throw a complete-game loss in the majors since Miami’s Sandy Alcantara…