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DENVER -- Washington ace Max Scherzer never did find his groove Monday night. Amed Rosario Jersey .Not a problem, though -- the bullpen took care of this one.Five relievers combined for five scoreless innings and Bryce Harper doubled in the go-ahead run in the seventh as the Nationals beat the skidding Colorado Rockies 5-4.Sammy Solis (2-3) got the win and Colorado-native Mark Melancon needed only four pitches in the ninth to earn his 34th save in 37 chances. The NL East leaders have won three straight and four of five.Our bullpen came in and bailed each other out, manager Dusty Baker said. Its hard to shut these guys out for the last four or five innings of a ballgame.Jayson Werth and Wilson Ramos homered for Washington.Werth hit a two-run homer estimated at 444 feet in the third inning off Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa and reached safely three times to extend his on-base streak to a career-best 43 games.The stretch is the longest in the majors this season and it ties Werth with Ryan Zimmerman for the Nationals record.Its a product of my approach, Werth said. My focus has always been to get on base. If you get on base, good things can happen.DJ LeMahieu had the fourth four-hit game of his career and Charlie Blackmon hit his sixth home run in four games for Colorado. Blackmon was selected the NL player of the week after leading the majors with seven home runs last week.Still, the Rockies have lost eight of nine.We are dealing with multiple challenges at the same time right now, but the bottom line is you have to win games, Colorado manager Walt Weiss said. We are fighting, but we are coming up short.Jordan Lyles (3-4) took the loss.Scherzer allowed seven hits and four runs in four innings.Colorado scored three in a 35-pitch first inning. David Dahl hit a two-run double with the bases loaded and Daniel Descalso added a sacrifice fly.Blackmon made it 4-2 with his homer in the fourth.The Nationals bullpen pen shut down the Rockies from there as Matt Belisle and Solis combined for 2 1/3 innings. Blake Treinen needed just one pitch to induce Nolan Arenado into an inning-ending double play in the seventh, and Shawn Kelley struck out two in a hitless eighth.I just didnt pitch efficiently, Scherzer said. I just didnt do a lot of things right tonight. I just couldnt get in a groove.Im just glad I got picked up by the bullpen and the offense.Daniel Murphy hit an RBI single in the fifth, Ramos connected for a tying home run in the sixth and Harper hit his second double of the night in the seventh to give Washington a 5-4 lead.Harper played for the second straight day after missing five games with a neck injury.WITH HONORSBlackmon also led the majors with a .563 batting average and 42 total bases last week. In seven games, he topped the NL with nine RBI and a .600 on-base percentage.Chuck is having a great year, Weiss said. He is one of those guys who just continues to get better and I think that is directly related to his work ethic.TRAINERS ROOMNationals: Zimmerman (wrist) and C Jose Lobaton (elbow) began rehab assignments with Triple-A Syracuse. ... INF Stephen Drew (vertigo-like symptoms) has increased his participation in baseball activities. ... RHP Joe Ross (shoulder) will throw a bullpen at some point during the three-game series.Rockies: RHP Tyler Chatwood (back spasms) could skip his next start or be placed on the 15-day disabled list, Weiss said. ... 1B Mark Reynolds (hand) had surgery to remove a fractured hook of the hamate bone in his left hand.UP NEXTNationals: LHP Gio Gonzalez (8-9, 4.24 ERA) is 2-0 with a 3.75 ERA in two August starts. He has struck out 12 and walked two in 12 innings.Rockies: RHP Chad Bettis (10-6, 5.27) hasnt lost a start since July 2. In his last one, he gave up five runs over five innings in 100-plus-degree heat in Texas. Steven Matz Jersey .C. at the helm of the top team in the Eastern Conference. His tenure as the GM in Vancouver was all too brief. Though he led the Canucks to what was then a franchise record-shattering campaign in just his second season, Nonis was gone and replaced one year later. Noah Syndergaard Jersey . The Barrie Colts defenceman, who impressed many with his play for Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championship, is the top-ranked skater in the February rankings. He has 19 goals and 24 assists for 43 points in 45 games with the Colts this season. http://www.metsrookiestore.com/Mets-Devin-Mesoraco-Kids-Jersey/ . Supported by three-run homers from Jayson Werth and Wilson Ramos, the young right-hander went seven strong innings in the Washington Nationals 8-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night. RIO DE JANEIRO -- Forget about Ryan Lochtes blueish-gray hair. Katie Ledeckys secrets to success. Or Missy Franklins admission that she was emotionally overwhelmed at Olympic trials last month. The biggest news to come out of USA Swimmings pre-competition news conference Wednesday afternoon was a single word uttered by Michael Phelps.Potential.As in potential last Olympics.Throughout Phelps comeback for Rio -- he retired after the 2012 London Games and returned to competition in early 2014 -- he has insisted emphatically that the 2016 Games would be the last competition of his career. He has talked about focusing on raising his three-month-old son, Boomer, and helping his longtime coach, Bob Bowman, at Arizona State University.But in a room packed with more than 250 reporters from all over the globe Wednesday, Phelps left open the possibility of competing after Rio. And he did so without anyone even asking the question. He instead paused midway through an answer about what it will be like to compete in Rio with Boomer in the stands and said, Ill say this just in case of a comeback ... my potential last Olympics, Phelps said. Just so you guys dont beat me to death if I comeback. No, Im not. But Ill just say that.It was the first time that Phelps, 31, has even hinted Rio might not be the end.Lochte, who turned 32 on Wednesday, said later that he understood where Phelps was coming from. Lochte, who is rooming with Phelps in the Olympic Village, said he felt like Phelps would be back after London and he has that same hunch now.When you have that passion and that thrill of competition and then it goes away, you miss it, Lochte said. I think hes gonna come back.Phelps is scheduled to swim three events in Rio -- the 100- and 200-meter butterfly and the 200-meter individual medley -- but could swim as many as six if coaches elect to put him on the 4x100- and 4x200-meter freestyle relay and the 4x100-meter medley relay. Hes currently ranked No. 2 in the world in the 100 fly and 200 IM and sixth in the 200 fly. Should Phelps win gold in any of those events he would become the oldest gold medalist in Olympic swimming history. Lochte could allso make the same history in the 200 IM and a potential relay. Tug McGraw Jersey. In Rio, Phelps is not only captain for the United States team but also the flag-bearer for the entire American delegation. Its a complete change from a year earlier, when Phelps was not allowed to compete at world championships as part of his suspension from USA Swimming for his September 2014 DUI arrest.Phelps competed at the U.S. Nationals in San Antonio instead last summer, where his times were faster than the world championship gold medalists in the 100 and 200 fly and the 200 IM. After that meet, Bowman suggested that maybe Rio shouldnt be the end. If hes swimming like he is now, why the hell should he quit? Bowman said at the time. Hes not like Tiger [Woods], a shell of himself. Hes his real self.Bowman said he suggested as much to Phelps during lunch one day in San Antonio and the swimmer told him no way.The coach concluded that interview last summer by saying Rio was setting up for the perfect ending to the greatest Olympic career of all time. Id like him to go there, kick the s--- out of everybody and leave at the top of his game, Bowman said then. Go be [Michael] Jordan against the Jazz. Dont go play for the Wizards.For the better part of two years, that seemed like the plan. But now its anyones guess.Phelps is as media savvy as athletes come. He wouldnt suggest even the slightest possibility of competing in Tokyo in 2020 without something behind it -- especially after spending the past two years closing and locking that door at every potential opportunity. And as unrealistic as it seems, there are those who dont even think Tokyo would be the end. Former Olympian Tyler Clary said at the U.S. Olympic Media Summit in March that if Los Angeles ends up winning the right to host the 2024 games, he predicted both Phelps and Lochte would try to make the team at 39 and 40 years old, respectively.Im not joking, Clary said. Even if its just a 50 -- I could totally see those guys doing whatever they could to compete in those Games. ' ' ' 

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