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Garcia, Millas slug homers as Nationals pound out 19 hits in an 11-5 win over the Rockies

2024-06-22 13:05 Last Updated At:13:10

DENVER (AP) — Luis Garcia Jr. hit three-run homer in a five-run third inning, Drew Millas had a home run among his three hits and the Washington National pounded out a season-high 19 hits in an 11-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night.

Ezequiel Tovar, Hunter Goodman, and Nolan Jones homered for the Rockies in a game in which the teams combined for 30 hits.

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Washington Nationals third baseman Nick Senzel pulls in a pop foul by Colorado Rockies' Ryan McMahon to end the baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER (AP) — Luis Garcia Jr. hit three-run homer in a five-run third inning, Drew Millas had a home run among his three hits and the Washington National pounded out a season-high 19 hits in an 11-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night.

Colorado Rockies shortstop Ezequiel Tovar, left, applies a late tag as Washington Nationals' Luis García Jr. steals second base during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Colorado Rockies shortstop Ezequiel Tovar, left, applies a late tag as Washington Nationals' Luis García Jr. steals second base during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Colorado Rockies' Nolan Jones strikes out against Washington Nationals relief pitcher Robert Garcia to end the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Colorado Rockies' Nolan Jones strikes out against Washington Nationals relief pitcher Robert Garcia to end the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Washington Nationals relief pitcher Tanner Rainey works against the Colorado Rockies during the ninth inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Washington Nationals relief pitcher Tanner Rainey works against the Colorado Rockies during the ninth inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Washington Nationals left fielder Jesse Winker, right fielder Lane Thomas and center fielder Jacob Young, from left, smile after the team's win in a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies on Friday, June 21, 2024, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Washington Nationals left fielder Jesse Winker, right fielder Lane Thomas and center fielder Jacob Young, from left, smile after the team's win in a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies on Friday, June 21, 2024, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Washington Nationals' Jacob Young grounds out against Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Victor Vodnik during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Washington Nationals' Jacob Young grounds out against Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Victor Vodnik during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Washington Nationals' Drew Millas watches his double off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Nick Mears during the ninth inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Washington Nationals' Drew Millas watches his double off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Nick Mears during the ninth inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Jacob Young had three hits and scored three runs, and CJ Abrams added three hits, with the first of his two doubles coming on the first pitch of the game from Dakota Hudson (2-10) to extend his career-best hitting streak to 12 games. Lane Thomas finished a homer shy of the cycle. “We stayed on the ball. We hit the whole field,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. “Offensively, everybody contributed. We did really well.” The offensive display came on the heels of a sluggish series against Arizona this week in which they were held to five runs, losing two of three to the Diamondbacks.

“I think we hit some balls hard in those last couple of games at home, but you know sometimes they don’t fall,” Thomas said. “Sometimes you need a day like today to break out and get some hits and get everybody moving in the right direction again.” Tovar finished with three hits, including his 12th homer of the season as the Rockies fell to 5-15 in June. Colorado also hit another dubious milestone with their 50th loss of the season for a 26-50 record.

Leading 5-1 going into the top of the fourth, Millas homered off Hudson, igniting a four-run burst for the Nationals. Thomas chipped in with a two-run double off reliever Geoff Hartlieb, and Eddie Rosario had a sacrifice fly.

Jones and Goodman each homered during a three-run burst in the bottom of the fourth, and Colorado got another run on Sean Bouchard’s sacrifice fly. The Nationals added a pair of runs in the sixth on a run-scoring double by Abrams and an RBI triple by Thomas.

Hudson went three innings and allowed 11 hits and eight runs in his National League-leading 10th loss. “With Dakota, I just think it was multiple misses up, and on the wrong side of the plate,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “I mean, the backbreaker for him was the three-run homer. He tried to throw that breaking ball back door to the lefty and got it down right into his swing, into the wheelhouse where, you know, probably the only place where that kid has a little bit of power.”

DJ Herz, who was coming off his first big league win against Miami with a season-high 13 strikeouts over six scoreless innings, could not replicate that outing at Colorado. He went 3 2/3 innings and allowed seven hits and four runs, three earned.

“DJ got a little tired at the end,” Martinez said. “He was losing his mechanics a little bit, so we had to get him out of there.”

But Martinez told the young pitcher, who was pitching at altitude for the first time, “Hey, you should be proud of yourself. It ain’t easy to pitch here. It gets everybody the first time out. But you did great, you really did.’ He pounded the strike zone like we asked him to. He did really well.”

Dylan Floro (2-1) worked an inning of scoreless relief.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Nationals: RHP Jose Ferrer, sidelined since mid-March, is inching closer to a return. He threw a bullpen session Friday and his fastball was measured at between 96mph and 99 mph. “He threw the ball really well. We’ll see how he feels tomorrow,” manager Dave Martinez said. …RHP Josiah Gray (elbow strain) has been sent to Triple-A Rochester to make another rehab start. He’s scheduled to pitch on Tuesday and throw up to 90 pitches.

Rockies: LHP Kyle Freeland (left elbow strain) is expected to be activated from the 15-day injured list Sunday and start against the Washington Nationals. It would mark his first mound appearance since mid-April. … OF-DH Charlie Blackmon was placed on the IL with a strained right hamstring and the team selected the contract of OF Sam Hilliard from Triple-A Albuquerque. … INF Brendan Rodgers (left hamstring strain) has been reinstated from the IL and the team placed INF Adael Amador on the 10-day IL with a right oblique strain.

UP NEXT

LHP Mitchell Parker (5-3, 3.06 ERA) is set to start for the Nationals on Saturday, and the Rockies will counter with RHP Cal Quantrill (6-5, 3.43 ERA).

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Washington Nationals third baseman Nick Senzel pulls in a pop foul by Colorado Rockies' Ryan McMahon to end the baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Washington Nationals third baseman Nick Senzel pulls in a pop foul by Colorado Rockies' Ryan McMahon to end the baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Colorado Rockies shortstop Ezequiel Tovar, left, applies a late tag as Washington Nationals' Luis García Jr. steals second base during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Colorado Rockies shortstop Ezequiel Tovar, left, applies a late tag as Washington Nationals' Luis García Jr. steals second base during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Colorado Rockies' Nolan Jones strikes out against Washington Nationals relief pitcher Robert Garcia to end the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Colorado Rockies' Nolan Jones strikes out against Washington Nationals relief pitcher Robert Garcia to end the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Washington Nationals relief pitcher Tanner Rainey works against the Colorado Rockies during the ninth inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Washington Nationals relief pitcher Tanner Rainey works against the Colorado Rockies during the ninth inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Washington Nationals left fielder Jesse Winker, right fielder Lane Thomas and center fielder Jacob Young, from left, smile after the team's win in a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies on Friday, June 21, 2024, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Washington Nationals left fielder Jesse Winker, right fielder Lane Thomas and center fielder Jacob Young, from left, smile after the team's win in a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies on Friday, June 21, 2024, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Washington Nationals' Jacob Young grounds out against Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Victor Vodnik during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Washington Nationals' Jacob Young grounds out against Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Victor Vodnik during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Washington Nationals' Drew Millas watches his double off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Nick Mears during the ninth inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Washington Nationals' Drew Millas watches his double off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Nick Mears during the ninth inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The top U.N. court says Israel's presence in the Palestinian occupied territories is “unlawful” and called on it to end.

The International Court of Justice said in its non-binding opinion issued Friday that Israel has abused its status as the occupying power in the West Bank and east Jerusalem by carrying out policies of annexing territory, imposing permanent control and building settlements.

It said such acts render "Israel’s presence in the occupied Palestinian territory unlawful.” It says its continued presence was ”illegal" and should be ended as “rapidly as possible.”

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s earlier story follows below.

The top United Nations court said Israel's settlement policy in the West Bank and east Jerusalem violates international law, as it delivered a non-binding advisory opinion on the legality of Israel’s 57-year occupation of lands sought for a Palestinian state, a ruling that could have more effect on international opinion than it will on Israeli policies.

International Court of Justice President Nawaf Salam was expected to take about an hour to read out the full opinion of the panel, which is made up of 15 judges from around the world.

In part of the opinion, he said the panel had found that "the transfer by Israel of settlers to the West Bank and Jerusalem as well as Israel’s maintenance of their presence, is contrary to article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention.” The court also noted with “grave concern” that Israel’s settlement policy has been expanding.

The court also found that Israel's use of natural resources was “inconsistent” with its obligations under international law as an occupying power.

Friday’s hearing comes against the backdrop of Israel’s devastating 10-month military assault on Gaza, which was triggered by the Hamas-led attacks in southern Israel. In a separate case, the International Court of Justice is considering a South African claim that Israel’s campaign in Gaza amounts to genocide, a claim that Israel vehemently denies.

Israel captured the West Bank, east Jerusalem and Gaza Strip in the 1967 Mideast war. The Palestinians seek all three areas for an independent state.

Israel considers the West Bank to be disputed territory, whose future should be decided in negotiations, while it has moved population there in settlements to solidify its hold. It has annexed east Jerusalem in a move that is not internationally recognized, while it withdrew from Gaza in 2005 but maintained a blockade of the territory after Hamas took power in 2007. The international community generally considers all three areas to be occupied territory.

At hearings in February, then-Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki accused Israel of apartheid and urged the United Nations’ top court to declare that Israel’s occupation of lands sought by the Palestinians is illegal and must end immediately and unconditionally for any hope for a two-state future to survive.

Israel, which normally considers the United Nations and international tribunals as unfair and biased, did not send a legal team to the hearings. But it submitted written comments, saying that the questions put to the court are prejudiced and “fail to recognize Israel’s right and duty to protect its citizens,” address Israeli security concerns or acknowledge Israel-Palestinian agreements to negotiate issues, including “the permanent status of the territory, security arrangements, settlements, and borders.”

The Palestinians presented arguments in February along with 49 other nations and three international organizations.

Erwin van Veen, a senior research fellow at the Clingendael think tank in The Hague, said that if the court rules that Israel’s policies in the West Bank and east Jerusalem breach international law, that is unlikely to change Israeli policies but it would “isolate Israel further internationally, at least from a legal point of view.”

He said such a ruling would “worsen the case for occupation. It removes any kind of legal, political, philosophical underpinning of the Israeli expansion project.”

It would also strengthen the hand of “those who seek to advocate against it” — such as the grassroots Palestinian-led movement advocating boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel.

He said it also could increase the number of countries that recognize the state of Palestine, in particular in the Western world, following the recent example of Spain and Norway and Ireland.”

It is not the first time the ICJ has been asked to give its legal opinion on Israeli policies. Two decades ago, the court ruled that Israel’s West Bank separation barrier was “contrary to international law.” Israel boycotted those proceedings, saying they were politically motivated.

Israel says the barrier is a security measure. Palestinians say the structure amounts to a massive land grab because it frequently dips into the West Bank.

The U.N. General Assembly voted by a wide margin in December 2022 to ask the world court for the advisory opinion. Israel vehemently opposed the request that was promoted by the Palestinians. Fifty countries abstained from voting.

Israel has built well over 100 settlements, according to the anti-settlement monitoring group Peace Now. The West Bank settler population has grown by more than 15% in the past five years to more than 500,000 Israelis, according to a pro-settler group.

Israel also has annexed east Jerusalem and considers the entire city to be its capital. An additional 200,000 Israelis live in settlements built in east Jerusalem that Israel considers to be neighborhoods of its capital. Palestinian residents of the city face systematic discrimination, making it difficult for them to build new homes or expand existing ones.

The international community considers all settlements to be illegal or obstacles to peace since they are built on lands sought by the Palestinians for their state.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s hard-line government is dominated by settlers and their political supporters. Netanyahu has given his finance minister, Bezalel Smotrich, a former settler leader, unprecedented authority over settlement policy. Smotrich has used this position to cement Israel’s control over the West Bank by pushing forward plans to build more settlement homes and to legalize outposts.

Authorities recently approved the appropriation of 12.7 square kilometers (nearly 5 square miles) of land in the Jordan Valley, a strategic piece of land deep inside the West Bank, according to a copy of the order obtained by The Associated Press. Data from Peace Now, the tracking group, indicate it was the largest single appropriation approved since the 1993 Oslo accords at the start of the peace process.

FILE - A view of the Peace Palace, which houses the International Court of Justice, or World Court, in The Hague, Netherlands, on Jan. 26, 2024. (AP Photo/Patrick Post, File)

FILE - A view of the Peace Palace, which houses the International Court of Justice, or World Court, in The Hague, Netherlands, on Jan. 26, 2024. (AP Photo/Patrick Post, File)

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