Colorado (31-59) at Washington (53-39)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Mon Jul 18, 2005
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Preston Wilson will play his first game against his former team when the Washington Nationals meet the Colorado Rockies in the opener of a three-game set.

Washington attempted to bolster its offense by acquiring Wilson from Colorado on Wednesday for right-hander Zach Day, outfielder J.J. Davis and a player to be named or cash. Wilson had team highs of 15 homers and 47 RBIs for the Rockies in 71 games this season.

In his first series with Washington, Wilson hit .267 (4-for-15) as the Nationals dropped three of four in Milwaukee. Washington fell for the seventh time in nine games with Sunday’s 5-3 loss.

“We just need somebody to come in or step in and get us some offense,” Washington manager Frank Robinson said. “But I guess well just have to ride this out or just move some people around in the order to help us get a spark.

“The way we’ve played, we’ve played mediocre, that’s what we’ve done. We’ve played with mediocrity since the All-Star break.”

Washington managed only 13 runs in the series and has scored more than four runs just twice in the last 11 games. Jose Guillen, who hit his team-high 19th homer Sunday, is batting just .200 (7-for-35) over his last nine games.

The Nationals are hoping the start of a seven-game homestand will get them going. Washington boasts an NL-best 30-13 home mark, winning 16 of its last 20 games at RFK Stadium.

It should also help that Washington is facing Colorado, which fell to a major league-worst 7-36 on the road after being swept in a three-game series at Cincinnati. The Rockies surrendered 20 runs in the series after a 9-4 loss Sunday.

“There needs to be a group that stands up and starts paving the road back to being competitive on the road,” Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. “And that’s what they’re attempting to do. Unfortunately, certain situations in the game are getting in the way once we’re playing it.”

It was a frustrating weekend for Colorado, which took a 1-0 lead into the sixth inning of Sunday’s game before surrendering six runs in the frame. The Rockies suffered one-run losses in the first two games of the series, blowing an eighth-inning lead in Saturday’s 7-6 setback.

The Rockies have lost 12 road series and split two others.

“There’s nobody out there that’s going to quit,” Hurdle said. “I’m not going to quit. We’re not going to fold our tent up and go away. That’s not what we’re about, and that’s not what I’m about. And I am being put in the position to accept the challenge for what it is.”

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