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MLB: Washington 5, Colorado 4

June 13, 2013 at 8:56 PM

DENVER, June 13 (UPI) -- Ryan Zimmerman hit a two-run homer and doubled home the go-ahead run in the eighth Thursday to bring Washington a 5-4 decision over Colorado.

The Nationals took two out of three in the series in the first segment of a nine-game road trip. Washington won a battle of the bull pens after neither starter made it past the sixth inning.

Colorado held a 3-2 lead heading into the seventh, but Washington's Ian Desmond scored the tying run in that inning on a balk and the Nationals struck for two more in the eighth.

Roger Bernadina and Zimmerman came through with back-to-back, one-out doubles to account for the tiebreaking run and Zimmerman scored later in the inning on a single by Desmond.

That second run became vital when Todd Helton's two-out, RBI single in the ninth brought the Rockies within one. Rafael Soriano picked up his 17th save when he got Jonathan Herrera on a line drive to shortstop that ended the game.

Craig Stammen (4-2) earned the victory with two innings of one-hit relief. Matt Belisle (4-3) gave up both of Washington's eighth-inning runs to take the loss.

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