Sports - Colorado Rockies

Jun 25, 2012 11:58 PM by Andy Koen

Helton helps Rockies beat Strasburg, Nationals 4-2

DENVER (AP) - Todd Helton hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the sixth inning and the Colorado Rockies cooled off Stephen Strasburg with a 4-2 victory over the Washington Nationals on Monday night.

Jeff Francis pitched five effective innings as the Rockies won for just the fourth time in 18 games. Dexter Fowler had two hits and Carlos Gonzalez delivered a tying RBI single.

Strasburg (9-2) allowed three runs and six hits in six innings. He was bidding to become the first Washington-based pitcher to win seven straight starts since Bob Porterfield did it in his final seven starts for the Senators in 1953.

Nationals rookie Bryce Harper went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts.

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