Juan Soto homered to as soon as extra Paolo Espino, and the Washington Nationals beat Colorado 3-0 Sunday to finish the Rockies’ uncommon five-game freeway worthwhile streak.

Soto hit a 454-foot drive all through the third inning off Jon Gray (8-11) for his twenty sixth dwelling run this season. Soto is hitting .362 with a 1.178 OPS provided that All-Star break.

“It’s truly remarkable to possess the power, the average, the solid defense, the energy, the personality,” Colorado supervisor Bud Black talked about of Soto. “What a package, what a player. He makes baseball better.”

Colorado had matched its longest worthwhile streak this season. The Rockies went 7-2 on their first worthwhile journey this yr and are 25-52 on the freeway and 45-27 at Coors Field.

“I think overall it was a collection of all three facets of the game,” Black talked about of the worthwhile journey.

Espino (5-5) allowed three hits in 5 2/3 innings, walked three and tied his season excessive with seven strikeouts.

“I love him,” Nationals supervisor Dave Martinez talked about. “(Sunday) I was talking to (bench coach Tim Bogar) and talking about how good (Espino) has been and what he means to our club. He’s been awesome for us this year.”

Ryan McMahon hit an inning-ending flyout in route of Austin Voth that stranded the bases loaded all through the sixth.

Kyle Finnegan, Washington’s fifth reliever, obtained three outs to finish a five-hitter and earned his tenth save in 14 potentialities. Finnegan blew his two earlier save potentialities.

Gray gave up two runs, three hits and two walks in 4 innings.

Yadiel Hernandez hit an RBI single all through the primary, and Luis García singled in a run all through the sixth in route of Lucas Gilbreath.

BACK

Nationals reliever Tanner Rainey, launched as soon as extra from the minors, struck out the side all through the seventh. It was his first principal league look since Aug. 12.

AVILA TO RETIRE

Nationals catcher Alex Avila talked about he’ll retire after the season. The 34-year-old, an All-Star in 2011, is a son of Detroit widespread supervisor Al Avila. A veteran of 13 seasons who’s hitting .179 with seven RBIs, Alex Avila talked about he expects to proceed in baseball subsequent season in a non-playing place. He talked about he has not spoken a number of job collectively collectively along with his father, who as rapidly as traded him.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (neck) is mounted his rehabilitation course of after season-ending thoracic outlet surgical course of on July 27. Strasburg shouldn’t be anticipated to throw till November. He has pitched 26 2/3 innings all via the last word two seasons after signing a $245 million, seven-year contract following Washington’s 2019 World Series title.

UP NEXT

Washington: RHP Erick Fedde (7-9, 5.16 ERA) opens a three-game sequence at Miami on Monday.

Colorado: RHP Antonio Senzatela is to begin Tuesday to open a three-game dwelling sequence in route of the Los Angeles Dodgers.