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Nats' Roark stymies Padres with three-hitter

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WASHINGTON -- Injuries last year thrust Tanner Roark into an unlikely spot in the talented starting rotation of the Washington Nationals. The way the right-hander pitched on Saturday, his slot in the rotation may be as secure as any of the Nationals' more heralded stars.

Roark pitched a three-hitter for the first complete game of his career as the Washington Nationals shut out the San Diego Padres 4-0.

The 27-year-old set down the first 16 batters before San Diego catcher Rene Rivera, an .074 batter entering the game, hit a solid single to center field with one out in the sixth inning.

Mixing three other pitches with his modest 92 mph fastball, Roark (2-0) walked one and struck out eight, including Jedd Gyorko to end the game on his 105th pitch.

''I was feeling confident out there on the mound, feeling strong,'' Roark said. ''Getting ahead of the hitters is the biggest thing.''

As fans gave Roark a standing ovation to close the eighth inning, it was an unfamiliar feeling. Even in the minor leagues, in 166 appearances, he had never pitched a shutout and had only one complete game. As he conducted an on-field interview, he was doused with two buckets of Gatorade.

''For the first time doing it, it feels real good,'' Roark said. ''It feels great. It gives you confidence.''

Roark has been more than a one-hit wonder for the Nationals. Since taking his spot in the rotation, he has produced eight quality starts in 10 attempts with a 5-1 record. Roark extended his run of consecutive scoreless innings to 18. In 35 innings at Nationals Park he has given up one earned run.

''He's got four quality pitches that he throws -- all of them for strikes,'' manager Matt Williams said. ''He has the ability to change speeds really well.''

After losing to Stephen Strasburg on Friday night, 11-1, and getting even fewer hits against the crafty Roark, the Padres were frustrated.

''He had a good sinker, changeup, was keeping the ball down especially,'' said San Diego first baseman Yonder Alonzo, who went 0-for-3.

Ian Desmond has three hits for Washington, including a run-scoring double -- the game's only extra-base hit -- which highlighted a three-run first inning off losing pitcher Andrew Cashner (2-3).

Washington got all the offense it needed in the first inning as singles by Anthony Rendon, Jayson Werth and Adam LaRoche produced one run. Desmond's double to the right-field corner brought in another. Danny Espinosa's sacrifice fly gave the Nationals a 3-0 lead.

Washington increased its advantage to 4-0 in the sixth when Kevin Frandsen opened with a single, moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Roark, and scored on a single to left by Denard Span. Frandsen was starting in left field for Bryce Harper, who was out of the lineup with a jammed thumb.

Roark's performance was almost enough to make the Nationals forget that two other starting position players -- including catcher Wilson Ramos and third baseman Ryan Zimmerman -- also saw a visiting hand specialist on Saturday along with Harper.

''When he takes the mound he feels like he's under control,'' Williams said. ''There's certainly a trust factor there that he is prepared and he is able to go about it and throw strikes. There's a direct correlation between early outs and getting deep into a game. Early outs mean he's pounding the strike zone and being aggressive.''

Notes

X-rays on the jammed thumb of Harper were negative, according to manager Matt Williams, who said that Harper was undergoing an MRI after the game. Williams said that Harper was available to pinch-hit. ... The Nationals had their second successful replay challenge in three games as Werth was ruled safe at second base, taking two bases on a booted ground ball. ... Padres outfielder Seth Smith was out of the lineup for the second straight day and will remain day-to-day after suffering a strained groin Thursday night against the Nationals. He was scheduled to take cuts in the batting cage on Saturday and for light jogging on Sunday. ... Washington right-hander Taylor Jordan (0-3, 6.23 ERA) will face San Diego right-hander Ian Kennedy (1-3, 3.60) on Sunday.

 
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The Nats cool off Tanner Roark, who throws his first complete game while extending his scoreless inning streak to 18. (USATSI)
The Nats cool off Tanner Roark, who throws his first complete game while extending his scoreless inning streak to 18. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Washington

T. Roark
IP 9.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 1
K 8
San Diego

R. Rivera
AB 2
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Everth Cabrera, SS4000012 .300
Chris Denorfia, LF4010002 .324
Will Venable, RF4000020 .200
Jedd Gyorko, 2B4010011 .149
Yonder Alonso, 1B3000001 .182
Alexi Amarista, CF3000021 .188
Jace Peterson, 3B3000010 .200
Rene Rivera, C2010000 .200
   a-Yasmani Grandal, PH-C0000100 .250
Andrew Cashner, P1000010 .200
   Donn Roach, P0000000 .000
   b-Xavier Nady, PH1000001 .161
   Dale Thayer, P0000000 .000
Totals2903018  
a-walked for Rivera in the 8th
b-grounded into a double play for Roach in the 8th
Batting
SH - Andrew Cashner (5)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - Yonder Alonso (1, Throwing), Everth Cabrera (3, Throwing), Jedd Gyorko (3, Misplayed grounder)
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Andrew Cashner (L,2-3) 6944150 2.68
Donn Roach 1100010 4.32
Dale Thayer 1000010 0.71
IBB - LaRoche by Andrew Cashner
HBP - Frandsen (by Dale Thayer)
Pitches-Strikes - Andrew Cashner 99-73, Donn Roach 17-10, Dale Thayer 20-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andrew Cashner 6-8, Donn Roach 2-0
Batters Faced - Andrew Cashner 29, Donn Roach 4, Dale Thayer 4
Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Denard Span, CF5011001 .233
Anthony Rendon, 3B4110012 .300
Jayson Werth, RF4120000 .272
Adam LaRoche, 1B3111101 .321
Ian Desmond, SS4031001 .242
Danny Espinosa, 2B3001015 .282
Kevin Frandsen, LF3110021 .267
Sandy Leon, C4000032 .152
Tanner Roark, P3010001 .111
Totals33410417  
Batting
2B - Ian Desmond (4, Cashner)
SF - Danny Espinosa (1)
SH - Tanner Roark (3)
RBI - Denard Span (6), Adam LaRoche (15), Ian Desmond (16), Danny Espinosa (5)
2-OUT RBI - Denard Span (4)
SB - Ian Desmond (1, 2nd base off Roach/Rivera)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Desmond-Espinosa-LaRoche
E - Adam LaRoche (2, Misplayed grounder)
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tanner Roark (W,2-0) 9300180 2.76
Pitches-Strikes - Tanner Roark 105-73
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tanner Roark 14-5
Batters Faced - Tanner Roark 31
Game Information
Attendance - 31590
Game Time - 2:19
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Doug Eddings, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Cory Blaser, Third Base - Jim Joyce