DENVER (AP) - Edwar Cabrera had a forgettable night in a season of forgettable outings for the struggling Colorado Rockies starters.
Cabrera became the latest in a long list of ineffective starters, lasting just 2 1-3 innings in his major league debut in an 11-5 loss to the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night.
``I was a little bit nervous in the first inning,' he said. ``They are really good hitters here in the big leagues, really good mentality, really good approach.'
Marco Scutaro had two hits and two RBIs for Colorado, which matched the Nationals with 14 hits but lost for the 16th time in 20 games.
Cabrera (0-1) allowed seven runs, five earned, and seven hits. He gave up three home runs in and left after walking Mark DeRosa, who scored on Jhonatan Solano's two-run double off reliever Matt Reynolds.
``I don't think he was overwhelmed at all by the aura of the major leagues,' Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. ``He might have been a little too ramped up, and when you get too ramped up with the type of pitcher that he is then you overthrow the ball. There's a loss of command that takes place. That's exactly what he dealt with tonight.'
Colorado's starters haven't recorded a win since June 4 and have a 6.46 ERA this season.
Jordan Zimmermann pitched seven strong innings, Ryan Zimmerman and Tyler Moore both homered for the second straight game for the Nationals.
Moore finished with three hits, Ian Desmond also went deep and Bryce Harper had two hits for the Nationals, who had another big outburst at the plate. Washington scored nine runs once in its first 71 games before accomplishing the feat on consecutive nights against the Rockies.
The Nationals battered Rockies pitching again, one day after setting club marks for hits and extra-base hits since moving to Washington. They roughed up starter Edwar Cabrera, who was making his major league debut after getting called up from Double-A.
Washington wasted no time introducing the 24-year-old to the big leagues. Moore hit a two-run homer as part of a three-run second inning, and Zimmerman and Desmond hit solo shots in the third when the Nationals tacked on four more to make it 8-0.
``The kid tonight unfortunately had trouble throwing strikes,' Tracy said. ``That's pretty much what it boiled down to.'
Zimmermann (4-6) picked up his first win since May 22.
Zimmerman had an RBI double in the fourth to make it 9-1, and an RBI double by Desmond and a sacrifice fly by DeRosa made it 11-1 in the seventh.
Colorado's offense came alive against the Washington bullpen. Tyler Colvin had an RBI double and Jordan Pacheco had a run-scoring single in the eighth to make it 11-3.
Dexter Fowler and Scutaro had RBIs in the ninth to make it 11-5.
``It's encouraging. We're definitely built to hit,' Colvin said. ``It's one of those things that we just have to stay in the game and keep plugging away and scoring some runs.'
NOTES: The Rockies optioned RHP Zach Putnam to Triple-A to make room for Cabrera. ... Colorado co-pitching coach Bo McLaughlin joined the team and was on the bench for the game. ... Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd said on a conference call that LHP Jorge De La Rosa, who has been out since last June after Tommy John surgery, will be shut down until September and might not pitch for the Rockies this year. ... The Nationals will send RHP Edwin Jackson (4-4) to the mound in the finale of the four-game series. Josh Outman (0-3) pitches for the Rockies.
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