Carson, CA (SportsNetwork. Jason Spezza Jersey .com) - Two of the bottom three teams in the Western Conference will meet up at the StubHub Center on Saturday when the Colorado Rapids tangle with Chivas USA. Both teams have endured a difficult past few months that have dropped them out of playoff contention, but both will be hoping to end the season on a positive note, starting with Saturdays match. The Rapids bring an 11-game winless streak into the fixture, having taken just two points during that time, while being outscored 18-5 in their last five contests. Colorados latest setback came in a 4-1 home defeat to Seattle Sounders FC last weekend as the Rapids fell behind 3-0 in the opening 33 minutes before pulling a goal back through Deshorn Brown shortly before halftime. But Obafemi Martins scored his second goal of the game in the 70th minute to put the match away for Seattle, leaving head coach Pablo Mastroeni to offer a rather frank evaluation of his teams performance. I think they out-competed us today and thats one thing weve done really well this year - being able to compete, Mastroeni said after the defeat. Theyve got some class players that can make a big difference on that team but the first 15 minutes of the game we didnt set the kind of tone that we needed to set to play against these kind of teams and really make it difficult for them. We were just chasing the game from the beginning. Part of the problem, according to Mastroeni, is the fact that there simply isnt much confidence in the side right now, something the boss has tried to improve by focusing on the positive aspects of his teams play. You cant deny human nature. These guys arent playing with the most confidence - how can you when you havent won a game in two months, Mastroeni said bluntly. It makes it that much more difficult. My job the past two months has been to be very upbeat, really positive and focus on the good things that were doing. Unfortunately for Mastroeni, there hasnt been too much to be positive about, although Saturdays match will likely be the best chance Colorado has at grabbing a win over the final three games. After all, the Rapids last win came against Chivas on July 25. The Goats know a thing or two about lengthy slumps, with Chivas bringing an end to a 12-game winless streak last weekend by upsetting Real Salt Lake, 1-0. Head coach Wilmer Cabrera spoke before the RSL match about closing the season strong, with three of the final four games coming at home. And now that Chivas managed to win the first of those games, Cabrera will be hoping to put together another strong performance at home against the Rapids. I told the guys we needed to improve [defensively], and that the chances would come, said Cabrera after the victory against RSL. If we could find the balance between being more solid in the back and creating chances, we were going to be alright. It was tough, it wasnt easy, and to win 1-0 shows how hard of a game it was. It also proved how all the players worked hard defensively and then offensively when we won the ball. All Cabrera can ask for at this stage of the season is for his side to put out a similar effort to the one he saw last weekend, and Chivas will have a good opportunity to collect back-to-back wins for the first time since early July. One thing that will make life a bit tougher for Chivas is the fact that leading scorer Erick Torres will be away on international duty with Mexico. Zack Smith Jersey . Not to be outdone, Atletico Madrid bettered its title rivals by demolishing 10-man Getafe 7-0 with Diego Costa returning from injury to score with a brilliant bicycle kick. "It was an almost perfect night," Atletico coach Diego Simeone said. 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There were going to meet before Adams father left for the airport. "He might give me a big hug and start crying," Adams said. "Hes an emotional guy." Adams has homered in all three games since coming off the disabled list with a torn calf muscle. Holliday put St. Louis up 3-0 in the third with his fifth home run. St. Louis manager Mike Matheny never doubted his sluggers would start to hit the long ball after a slow start. The Cardinals are last in the National League in homers. "Weve been saying for months now these guys have done that," Matheny said. "Its not a surprise. Its not like these guys have never hit any home runs in their lives. I think that everybody just thought that we were either brainwashing them not to hit home runs or else they all lost it collectively and both of them are ridiculous." Last year, Adams had 17 homers in 108 games and Holliday had 22 in 141 games. "We knew that our power didnt go anywhere," Adams said. "We knew the type of hitters we are. We go out there on daily basis and grind through our at-bats." Jaime Garcia (3-0) pitched seven innings, allowing five hits and a run for St. Louis. He struck out six and walked two. Trevor Rosenthal got the final out for his 20th save. Washingtons Doug Fister (5-2) had his five-start winning streak snapped. He pitched six innings, allowing seven hits and four runs. "The two home runs were the biggest things for me," Fister said. "I need to find a better effort." St. Louis has won 12 of the last 14 regular-season meetings with Washington. The Nationals are 2-18 in the newest version of Busch Stadium. "We have a bitter taste in our mouths going home," Nationals outfielder Scott Hairston said. &"I think we definitely didnt play up to our capabilities. Fredrik Claesson Jersey. " The Nationals loaded the bases in three innings, stranded 10 runners and scored on two bases loaded walks. The timely hit didnt come for Washington. "Its the ebbs and flows of the game," Washington manager Matt Williams said. "Its that time of the year where heavy legs start to set in a little bit." Garcia pitched out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the second. Third baseman Matt Carpenter caught Sandy Leons grounder on a short hop and threw out Hairston at home. Garcia then struck out Fister. Jayson Werth drew a bases loaded walk in the fifth to cut the lead to 3-1. "I didnt have my best stuff today but at the same time you go out there and you compete," Garcia said. "You battle and you keep your team in the game." St. Louis got the run back in the fifth, when Kolton Wong snapped an 0-for-16 skid with a leadoff triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by Holliday, who has 999 RBIs in his career. Craig doubled home Holliday in the seventh for a 5-1 lead. Rosenthal walked pinch-hitter Adam LaRoche in the ninth with the bases loaded to make it 5-2. NOTES: Reliever Carlos Martinez will make his second career start Monday when the Cardinals host the New York Mets. Martinez is taking the start in place of Adam Wainwright (elbow). ... Before Sundays game, the Cardinals purchased the contract of left-handed pitcher Nick Greenwood from Triple-A Memphis and optioned outfielder Randal Grichuk back to the affiliate. ... After starting 1,114 MLB games at third base, and 12 in left field, Ryan Zimmerman started Sunday at first base for the Nationals. ... Washingtons Danny Espinosa was hit by a pitch in the second inning, the eighth time this season. ... Washington CF Denard Span was scratched from the lineup due to back stiffness and replaced by Nate McLouth. ... St. Louis native boxer Devon Alexander threw out the first pitch. Alexander (25-2 with 14 knockouts) is a former WBC and IBF light welterweight champion and a former IBF welterweight champion. He has a welterweight fight against Robert Guerrero (31-2-1) on June 21. ... 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