Down 4-1 in the sixth inning, the Rockies were offense flat and needed to generate something. With Nolan Arenado on third after a triple and two outs, Reynolds was going to need to get a hit to drive in a needed run. He did more than that with a big fly that got over the left field wall and just like that the Rockies were within a run.
With the shutdown bullpen the Rockies have this year, the game looked to be swaying the Rockies way, as all they needed was a run to tie. They got that and more with another seventh inning two out home run. Recent call-up Pat Valaika doubled down the left field line and Blackmon came up as the next batter to club a two-run homer into the second deck in right. The Rockies went from down by three to up by one, and that would not be all they would get in the late innings.
In the eighth, the Rockies moved away from the long ball and decided to single the Nats out of the game. Five straight singles to start the inning put the Rockies up 7-4 and they would score still one more in the inning before handing the ball to Greg Holland, who came in just to get some work.
Holland did not work a flawless inning, as he allowed a walk and a double, but he did not allow a run and even had to face Bryce Harper as the final batter of the game, who he got to ground out to first to end it.
Tyler Anderson was really good until the sixth inning. Through five, Anderson had only allowed one walk and two hits, but in the sixth the wheels started to fall off. Anderson would allow the cycle in the inning to four different Nats hitters and with that they also scored four runs. Anderson would not close out the inning and failed to earn a quality start again. The Rockies should be happy with how Anderson started, but his failure to get deep is starting to become concerning, especially considering his 2016 campaign. Luckily the Rockies have had other guys stepping up and their bullpen has been terrific, but they are eventually going to need Anderson to get deep.
The Rockies send German Marquez to the mound for his first start of 2017 to fill in for Gray and his rotation spot. Marquez has potential to be a great starter and showed some flashes in 2016, but of course consistency is key and that is what they will need from him this year.