DENVER – Jose Iglesias gave the Rockies exactly what they needed: a consistent shortstop.

After 11 seasons, six teams – heck, even eight different shirt numbers – Iglesias has learned to keep the job simple. It is important. When they signed him in spring training, he was brought in to replace Trevor Story, a standout finalist and Gold Glove who signed with the Red Sox.

“It’s not my first rodeo,” Iglesias said of his latest new team. “I was too often in different teams. At the end of the day, it’s baseball. This is the game I like to play.

“You have to adapt to your teammates, to your city, to your organization. But for me, it’s just playing the game.”

This game is more than enough.

On Wednesday, he appeared in three of the Rockies’ four double plays shot from the infield, also delivering a two-run brace in a decisive five-run fourth inning that propelled Colorado to a 5-2 victory over the Nationals at Coors Field. .

How important is it to be a regular presence? Well, the Nats could have used a hit like Iglesias’ double to right field (or Connor Joe’s two-run triple, for that matter), rather than entrenching themselves in a quartet of killer double plays. the rally. Additionally, Washington made three errors, and by the time the game was settled, two of the Rockies’ five runs against left-hander Patrick Corbin were undeserved.

“He’s been in the league for a long time and he’s got a reputation as one of the best defensive shortstops,” said Rockies starter Austin Gomber, who struck out six in 6 2/3 innings but got seven hits and benefited from all those double plays. “As a starter, any time you bring in a guy like that, we won’t be upset about it.”

Rockies teams over the past few years have struggled at the bottom of the order. The National League adopting the designated hitter has helped all clubs on the offensive side, but in the case of Colorado, the DH generally hits up or in the heart of the order. Iglesias knocked down – he was ninth on Wednesday.

So far, it’s one of the standout spots on regular Rockies programming.

Iglesias finished the night with a .294 batting average and a .351 OBP, which are totals that fit the theory that the formation is circular, with the lowest in order driving things forward and bringing the top of the order again.

“He’s a pro,” Rockies manager Bud Black said of the veteran infielder. “He plays with a lot of confidence, believes in his abilities and can see how to make plays.

“He is a heady player. He puts the bat on the ball. It was a big success for us.

The Rockies upped the veteran flavor with Iglesias, outfielder Kris Bryant, pitchers Chad Kuhl and Alex Colomé and outfielder Randal Gruchuk. The newcomers mingle with a group of homegrown players, as evidenced by the team’s strong start at 14-10.

“It was nothing but awesome,” Iglesias said. “It’s a great young group that I’m excited to be a part of.”