WASHINGTON -- Jayson Werth had two hits and three RBIs and pitcher Stephen Strasburg allowed just one run and had an eventful night at the plate and in the field as the Washington Nationals beat the fading Colorado Rockies 7-1 on Tuesday.
Werth, the Nationals' right fielder who also walked twice, entered the game hitting .135 in his last 13 games, but he had an RBI double in the first and a two-run double in the fourth.
Strasburg (7-6) improved to 6-2 at home as he gave up one run and five hits with eight strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings as the Nationals won their fourth game in a row. Second baseman DJ LeMahieu broke up the shutout bid with a long solo homer in the eighth to make it 7-1.
Strasburg doubled and scored in the fourth, had a sacrifice bunt in the fifth, helped complete a 3-6-1 double play in the sixth and walked in the seventh. Reliever Craig Stammen got the last four outs for the Nationals.
Since winning five games in a row through June 15, the Rockies have now lost 13 of their last 15 games. Colorado began July with a lopsided loss after going 8-20 in June with a team ERA of 6.48.
Colorado starter Christian Friedrich (0-3) lost his third straight start since he was called up from Triple-A, where he had an ERA of 7.89 in 13 games.
Washington left fielder Bryce Harper, in his second game since coming off the disabled list, was 1-for-5 with three strikeouts a day after he suggested he should be playing center field.
Starting third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, who played first later in the game, added two hits for Washington. Rockies' catcher Wilin Rosario had singles in his first two at bats against Strasburg, who had yielded 17 hits in his two previous starts.
Nationals second baseman Anthony Rendon hit a two-run double, and Werth drove in the third run of the fourth inning with a double to make it 6-0. The Nationals increased the margin to 7-0 when Werth scored on a second wild pitch of the inning by reliever Chad Bettis as the game turned into a laugher.
The Nationals jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first on a two-run double by Werth and a sacrifice fly by Zimmerman.
Friedrich gave up five runs in 3 1/3 innings before Bettis took over. Friedrich's ERA rose from 8.10 to 9.45.
Strasburg had an adventurous tour around the bases in the fourth. First, he hit a sinking liner that right fielder Brandon Barnes dived for and missed. Strasburg settled for a double, though he started for third. The pitcher then went to third on a single by center fielder Denard Span but did not try to advance on a wild pitch by Bettis as Span went to second. Strasburg scored easily on the double to left by Rendon.
NOTES: Colorado SS Troy Tulowitzki was not in the starting lineup as part of a night off, according to manager Walt Weiss. ... Washington RHP Doug Fister (6-2, 2.83) and Colorado LHP Tyler Matzek (1-2, 4.24) are the scheduled starters for the series finale Wednesday. ... Weiss said that LHP Franklin Morales (4-4, 5.75) would start Thursday at Los Angeles against the Dodgers after RHP Jhoulys Chacin (right shoulder inflammation) went on the disabled list Monday. The versatile Morales did not allow a run in his first five outings out of the bullpen this year. He also has made 11 starts.