Rockies fall to Nats, drop into NL West tie with Dodgers |

Rockies fall to Nats, drop into NL West tie with Dodgers

Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jon Gray tumbles to the ground after missing a throw from first baseman Ian Desmond to put out Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper at first base in the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER — The Colorado Rockies dropped into a tie with Los Angeles for the NL West lead with only one game left, routed by Stephen Strasburg, Juan Soto and the Washington Nationals 12-2 Saturday night.

Hoping to hold their one-game edge, the Rockies instead saw their winning streak end at eight. The Dodgers were 10-6 winners in San Francisco earlier, ensuring the race will go down to the wire.

With game No. 162 on deck, the Rockies (90-71) are attempting to accomplish something they’ve never done since entering the league in 1993: capture a division title.

If Los Angeles and Colorado finish tied, there will be a one-game tiebreaker for the West title Monday at Dodger Stadium. The loser will become a wild card.

Colorado celebrated earning a postseason spot Friday night, even breaking out the bubbly. But the team looked flat from the start as the Nationals grabbed an early 5-0 lead on Jon Gray (12-9) to zap the energy from a sellout crowd at Coors Field.

Gray’s night started in a painful way when he was drilled in the side by a liner from Adam Eaton on the second pitch of the game. Gray remained on the mound, but was ineffective. He was tagged for five runs in two innings before being lifted for a pinch hitter.

Soto set the tone with a two-run double in the first and Trea Turner added a two-run homer an inning later.

Strasburg (10-7) effectively mixed his fastball with his change to hit double-digit wins for the fifth straight season. He struck out seven and allowed two runs on solo homers by Carlos Gonzalez and Nolan Arenado.

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