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COL@ARI: Friedrich holds D-backs scoreless over seven

In the Nationals' short history, only one left-handed pitcher -- John Lannan in 2011 -- has ever reached the double-digit win plateau. While it took Lannan an entire season to get to 10, Gio Gonzalez could reach that number before the All-Star break, when he takes the mound against the Rockies in the second game of a four-game set on Tuesday.

Not even half way through the season, Gonzalez is on pace for his best year in the Major Leagues with a 9-3 record and 2.55 ERA. He'll look to improve on that mark at Coors Field on Tuesday. The road has treated Gonzalez well so far this season, as the young lefty has gone 5-1 with a 2.70 ERA away from home.

Gonzalez gave up seven hits in six innings against the Rays his last time out, but he was efficient enough to keep the Nationals in the game, giving up only two runs to earn his ninth win.

Taken out after six innings, Gonzalez wasn't happy at first, until Washington regained the lead.

"I just wanted to give my team a chance to at least come back, go out there and battle," Gonzalez said.

While Gonzalez has been spectacular on the road, Colorado starter Christian Friedrich has struggled mightily at Coors Field in three starts there.

In only 15 innings at home, Friedrich has allowed 22 runs -- 21 earned -- while giving up two hits per inning. Opponents are batting .411 against Friedrich at Coors. On the road, Friedrich is 3-2 with a 2.75 ERA.

After starting the season 4-1, the rookie has lost his last three starts. The most recent loss came at Texas when Friedrich gave up seven hits and four runs in six innings.

"Again, I made a bunch of mistakes," Friedrich said after the loss. "I think I got a little repetitive and predictable."

Rockies: Scutaro exits Monday's game early
Colorado's Marco Scutaro was hit in the helmet by a Steven Strasburg 95 mph fastball in the sixth inning, forcing the second baseman to exit the game.

Down 2-1, Scutaro was at the plate with Dexter Fowler on third base when he was hit just to the left of the interlocking CR logo on his helmet.

Scutaro was examined on the field by Rockies' head trainer Keith Dugger, who checked the second baseman for head trauma while testing his neck mobility.

Nationals: Harper gets treatment for sore back
Bryce Harper has been receiving daily treatment on his back to prevent further injury after he tweaked it diving for a ball on June 7 against the Mets.

Harper has only sat out once since being called up on April 28 and his aggressive play like when he hurt his back has drawn attention from many.

"The one thing I never try to do is turn down somebody's aggressiveness, it's hard enough to try to turn it up," manager Davey Johnson said. "I like to see everybody play all-out. With experience, [Harper] will feel that warning track and realizes he doesn't have to be going 100 miles per hour."

The young outfielder is in the middle of a slump after starting June on fire. He is hitting .184 in his last 10 games, including an 0-for-4 and three strikeout game in the series opener against Colorado.

Worth Noting
• The Nationals are 16-34 against the Rockies, their worst mark against any National League team.

• Colorado's Michael Cuddyer, one of only two Rockies to face Gonzalez, is batting .400 with one home run and three RBIs in 10 at-bats against the lefty.

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