The Colorado Rockies tried a little bit of everything to break out of their funk. Turns out, the best cure for their slump was simply the left arm of Jorge De La Rosa. De La Rosa struck out a season-high 11 as he pitched efficiently into the eighth inning and the wobbly Colorado bullpen held off Washington’s late rally, helping the Rockies snap a seven-game skid with a 6-4 win over the Nationals on Wednesday. LaTroy Hawkins got out of a bases loaded jam in the ninth to protect De La Rosa’s fine effort.

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(The Sports Xchange) – San Diego Padres outfielder Cameron Maybin was suspended 25 games without pay after testing positive for an amphetamine in violation of Major League Baseball’s joint drug prevention and treatment program. The suspension was effective immediately and the Padres purchased the contract of outfielder Jeff Francoeur from Triple-A El Paso. The Washington Nationals placed infielder/outfielder Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain, the team announced Wednesday. Zimmerman, 29, goes on the DL for the second time this season after missing 44 games with a thumb fracture earlier in the year.

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(Adds late games) July 22 (The Sports Xchange) – Highlights of Tuesday’s Major League baseball games. – - – Rays 7, Cardinals 2 The Tampa Bay Rays knocked out St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright after just 4 2/3 innings, as the Rays extended their season-high winning streak to six games. In his first start since the All-Star break and looking for his Major League-best 13th win, Wainwright (12-5) gave up six hits and six runs. He walked four, including three in the fifth, struck out four and hit a man in his second-shortest outing of the year. …

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The New York Yankees acquired third baseman Chase Headley and cash considerations from the San Diego Padres on Tuesday in exchange for infielder Yangervis Solarte and right-hander Rafael De Paula. The Padres agreed to pay $1 million of the remaining $3.968 million on his $10.525 million contract this year. Headley has not reached the production level he achieved two years ago when he hit 31 home runs, led the National League with 115 RBIs in 161 games, finished fifth in the league’s Most Valuable Player balloting and won Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards for the Padres. De Paula, 23, was 6-5 with a 4.15 ERA in 20 games, including 17 starts, for Class A Tampa this year.

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The Colorado Rockies placed first baseman Justin Morneau on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a strained neck. To take his place on the roster, the team selected the contract of infielder Ben Paulsen from Triple-A Colorado Springs. The Rockies also designated right-hander Jair Jurrjens for assignment. Moments before the first pitch against Washington, the team announced reliever Boone Logan was placed on the 15-day disabled list with diverticulitis, a condition in which the inner lining of the intestine becomes inflamed or infected.

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Bottom of the ninth, game tied and the potential winning run is on base. In these moments, there is nowhere Jayson Werth would rather be than walking to the plate with bat in hand.
Werth hit a game-winning RBI double in the bottom of the ninth after the Brewers tied it in the top of the inning and the Washington Nationals beat Milwaukee 5-4 on Sunday afternoon.
Washington’s bullpen tossed five scoreless innings in relief of Gio Gonzalez until Rickie Weeks ‘ RBI single in the ninth off closer Rafael Soriano (1-1), who earned the win despite blowing his third save in 25 chances.
Anthony Rendon reached on a fielder’s choice against Rob Wooten (1-4) with two outs in the ninth.
Enter Werth.
”That’s what it’s all about, right? It’s why we do this,” Werth said of the pressure-packed moment. ”If you find yourself in that situation and you don’t want to be there, I think you’re in the wrong line of work.”
Taking advantage of a 3-1 count, the right fielder drilled the pitch into the left field corner, scoring Rendon from first.
”I’m still huffing and puffing,” Rendon said.
Washington took two of three in the series between teams that entered Sunday as division leaders. The Nationals have won four of five overall.
Ryan Zimmerman had two hits, including a two-run homer, for the Nationals.
The Brewers have lost 13 of 16. Tied with St. Louis entering Sunday, Milwaukee has led or held a share of first place of the NL Central every day since April 5.

Washington Nationals’ Jayson Werth, second from right, is mobbed by teammates after his walk off …

Pinch-hitter Scooter Gennett singled with one out against Soriano in the ninth, took second on Carlos Gomez’s walk and scored on Weeks’ base hit.
The Brewers were 1 of 8 with runners in scoring position before Weeks’ at-bat.
Staked to a 3-1 lead, Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo allowed four runs and eight hits over six innings. Gallardo has not won since June 19 and is 0-2 with 7.33 ERA in his last four starts.
”You always want to start on a good mode coming out of the break. This was a tough game,” Gallardo said. ”You’ve got to forget about it. We’re going home.”
Gonzalez allowed three runs on four hits with four walks and five strikeouts on 88 pitches over 3 1-3 innings. He left in the fourth with a runner at third and trailing 2-1. Gomez’ RBI groundout against Craig Stammen gave the Brewers 3-1 lead.

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — – Taking the extra base was the key for the Pittsburgh Pirates in completing a three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies. Andrew McCutchen hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning, Neil Walker followed with a home run and the Pirates overcame a three-run deficit to beat the Rockies 5-3 Sunday. Jordy Mercer stole second in the sixth inning, and Josh Harrison swiped second in the seventh. We’re going to look stupid at times, but at the same time we’re going to make aggressive plays that lead to runs.” With the score 3-all, Matt Belisle (2-6) relieved and Harrison worked out a seven-pitch walk leading off the seventh.

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Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke thought starter Matt Garza threw some good pitches Saturday night. They certainly were good for Washington to hit. Garza was knocked out in the first inning of his shortest major league start, and Ryan Zimmerman and Wilson Ramos drove in three runs apiece to lead the Nationals over the Brewers 8-3.

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Hot-hitting catcher Wilson Ramos had three hits and three RBIs and third baseman Ryan Zimmerman added two hits and three RBIs as the Washington Nationals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-3 on Saturday night. With the loss, the Brewers (54-44) are now tied for first with the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central. The Nationals (52-43) are a season-high nine games above .500 for the fourth time this month and tied for first with the Atlanta Braves in the NL East. Washington starter Tanner Roark (9-6), a second-year pitcher who leads the staff in wins, gave up six hits and one run in seven innings in his first appearance against the Brewers.

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