WASHINGTON -- The Colorado Rockies put an uplifting finish on the first half of a baseball season that provided few feel-good moments.

Jordan Pacheco doubled and scored the tiebreaking run on a ninth-inning wild pitch by Tyler Clippard, giving the Rockies a 4-3 comeback victory over the Washington Nationals on Sunday.

Last-place Colorado took two of three from the Nationals, who own the best record in the NL. The Rockies (33-52) also won the season series, 4-3.

"I'm real proud of the way the club played in this series," manager Jim Tracy said. "We beat a very good ballclub today. To win the series, to win the season series against them, you look for little incremental things in relation to where we're at and where we're trying to get to, and you feel awfully good about the way we gutted out that thing today."

The NL East-leading Nationals took a 3-1 lead into the eighth, but a meltdown by their usually reliable bullpen cost them a chance to hit the All-Star break with their best record since the team moved to Washington in 2005.

Colorado's rally was fueled by Eric Young's first homer since September 2009 and a pair of wild pitches.

"We got a couple breaks with a couple balls that went to the backstop," Tracy said, "but we did some good things offensively to put ourselves in position to get there."

The Rockies pulled even in the eighth against reliever Sean Burnett, who came in with a 1.42 ERA. Young led off with a pinch-hit homer and Dexter Fowler and Marco Scutaro singled to put runners on the corners with no outs.


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Michael Gonzalez came in and threw his first wild pitch of the year, allowing the tying run to score.

Colorado scored the go-ahead run against Clippard (2-3), who walked to the mound with a 1.78 ERA. Pacheco led off with a double to left, took third on a sacrifice and raced home on Clippard's first wild pitch of the season.

Rex Brothers (4-2) worked the eighth and Rafael Betancourt got his 15th save, striking out pinch-hitter Jesus Flores with two outs and runners at second and third.

"A great team win," said Rockies starter Jeremy Guthrie, who is winless since May 31. "Nice to finish on a high note like this, coming back against a tough bullpen there, a bullpen that's been lights-out for them all season."

Fowler had two singles for his fourth straight multihit game.

Ian Desmond homered and Adam LaRoche had two hits and scored a run for the Nationals.

Washington starter Jordan Zimmermann gave up one run and three hits over seven innings. He left with a two-run lead, but the bullpen promptly gave it away.

Rockies 4, Nationals 3 Colorado Washington

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Scutaro 2b 4 0 1 0 SBurntt p 0 0 0 0

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Colvin rf 4 1 1 0 Clipprd p 0 0 0 0

Helton 1b 3 0 0 0 Flores ph 1 0 0 0

Pachec 3b 4 1 2 0 Harper cf 4 0 1 0

WRosr c 0 0 0 0 Zmrmn 3b 3 0 1 0

JHerrr ss 3 0 0 0 Morse rf 4 0 2 0

Nieves c 2 0 0 1 LaRoch 1b 4 1 2 0

Giambi ph 1 0 0 0 Dsmnd ss 4 1 2 2

RBtncr p 0 0 0 0 Espinos 2b 3 0 0 0

Guthrie p 2 0 0 0 JSolano c 3 0 0 0

Belisle p 0 0 0 0 TMoore ph 1 0 0 0

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Washington 000 200 100--3

E--Desmond (12), Zimmermann (1). DP--Colorado 1. LOB--Colorado 5, Washington 7. 2B--Pacheco (9), Zimmerman (16), LaRoche (20). HR--E.Young (1), Desmond (17). SB--Colvin (2), Harper 2 (10), Desmond 2 (11), Bernadina 2 (8). S--J.Herrera, Espinosa. SF--Nieves.

IP H R ER BB SO

Colorado

Guthrie 6 6 2 2 1 3

Belisle 1 2 1 1 0 1

Brothers W,4-2 1 1 0 0 0 0

R.Betancourt S,15-19 1 1 0 0 1 2

Washington

Zimmermann 7 3 1 1 2 2

S.Burnett 0 3 2 2 0 0

Mic.Gonzalez BS,1-1 1 0 0 0 0 3

Clippard L,2-3 1 1 1 1 0 0

S.Burnett pitched to 3 batters in the 8th.

WP -- Mic.Gonzalez, Clippard. T -- 2:53. A -- 25,125 (41,487).