Roark goes 7 innings, gets rare RBI as Nats beat Pirates 3-2

WASHINGTON (AP) The way the Washington Nationals have been playing, it wasn't enough for Tanner Roark to pitch effectively into the seventh inning. He also had to drive in a run - his first since 2016 - and talk manager Dave Martinez into leaving him in to face one last hitter.

Roark (2-2) fanned Jordy Mercer to finish the seventh and helped the injury-depleted Nationals muster just enough offense to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 on Monday night and end a disappointing April with their second straight victory.

''Well, there's a guy that's won over 50 games since 2014,'' Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. ''The guy can pitch. And he throws everything at you. He's very unpredictable on the mound.''

Seven of Washington's last eight games have been decided by one or two runs, and the Nationals are 2-5 in those contests. Washington left eight men on base.

''That was exciting,'' Martinez said sarcastically. ''We gotta start scoring runs when we can. They're playing well, they really are, but when we have a chance to put teams away, we've gotta start putting them away.''

Starting pitcher Jameson Taillon (2-3) drove in the first run for the Pirates with a two-out double to deep left-center in the fifth. He worked six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, as NL Central-leading Pittsburgh lost for the first time since his previous start. The Pirates had won five straight.

Roark allowed two runs on six hits, struck out four and induced two double-play grounders for his first win since April 2. After allowing Corey Dickerson's homer to deep left leading off the seventh to pull the Pirates within one, Roark retired Francisco Cervelli and struck out Colin Moran before the visit from Martinez. Roark told his manager he could get Mercer out.

''I looked at (catcher Matt) Wieters, and said, `Can he?''' Martinez said. ''And Wieters says, `Yeah.' I said, `All right, it's your guy, let's go.'''

Batting in the fourth with runners on first and second, Roark bunted the first pitch foul. Then Taillon threw a wild pitch, allowing the runners to advance. Roark hit the next pitch up the middle to score Wieters and put the Nationals ahead 2-1, his second hit this season and his fifth career RBI.

''You usually should be relieved you see the pitcher up there, and then you give up the hit to him up the middle,'' Taillon said. ''He did his job, too. Not ideal, but it happens.''

Trea Turner followed with a run-scoring single, one of his three hits on the night.

Ryan Madson retired the side in the eighth and Brandon Kintzler worked the ninth for his first save in place of regular closer Sean Doolittle, who had pitched in the previous three games.

''Any time a guy's going to go into the seventh for us, we've got to lock it down for him,'' said Kintzler, who also worked his third consecutive day.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: 2B Daniel Murphy (offseason knee surgery) was back with the team after spending two weeks at extended spring training in West Palm Beach, Florida, and was scheduled to be re-evaluated by team doctors. He has been hitting, running and taking ground balls, Martinez said. There is still no timetable for his return. ... 3B Anthony Rendon (left toe contusion) became eligible to come off the 10-day disabled list on Sunday, and no decision has been made on whether he will have a minor league rehab assignment.

Pirates: CF Starling Marte was out of the starting lineup for the first time this season but popped out as a pinch-hitter in the eighth. ... LHP Enny Romero said he had been trying to pitch through pain in his throwing shoulder before he told team trainers about the injury on Sunday. Pittsburgh had planned to designate him for assignment but instead placed him on the 10-day DL, retroactive to Thursday.

SHORT MAN

The Nationals shook up their bullpen again, recalling right-hander Wander Suero from Triple-A Syracuse and sending right-hander Austin Voth back to Syracuse one day after he was promoted to the big leagues. Voth has been a starter for nearly his entire minor league career, while Suero is a reliever with 30 career minor league saves.

Suero had a chance to make the team out of spring training before he suffered an oblique injury on March 9. He was 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA in four appearances for Syracuse but did not allow a run in his last three outings.

''I like his ability to get both lefty hitters and righty hitters out. He's got a really good cutter and he throws strikes,'' Martinez said.

UP NEXT

Last year's NL Cy Young Award winner, Max Scherzer (5-1, 1.62 ERA), who threw his first of two career no-hitters against the Pirates on June 20, 2015, starts for Washington. Pittsburgh right-hander Chad Kuhl (3-1, 4.55) allowed six runs on 10 hits in four innings in his previous start against the Nationals last May.

---

More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball

Copyright 2018 by AP. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of AP is strictly prohibited.

123456789RHE
PIT17-12
000010100261
WAS13-16
01020000X390
  • W: T. Roark (2-2)L: J. Taillon (2-3)S: B. Kintzler (1)
  • HR: PIT - C. Dickerson (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Frazier 2B40100021.250.289.319.6090.0
G. Polanco RF40100001.198.311.436.7470.0
S. Rodriguez CF30000100.156.283.356.6391.0
J. Bell 1B40000002.232.293.321.6140.0
C. Dickerson LF41111002.313.358.515.8736.0
F. Cervelli C30100000.308.391.564.9551.0
C. Moran 3B20000111.280.362.415.7760.5
J. Mercer SS31100011.247.298.344.6421.5
J. Taillon P20110000.200.200.300.5003.0
R. Rodriguez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- S. Marte PH10000000.286.365.446.8120.0
K. Crick P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-popped out for Rodriguez in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Turner SS40310000.284.381.379.7605.0
R. Zimmerman 1B40000004.184.245.378.6230.0
B. Harper RF20000220.247.458.528.9861.0
H. Kendrick 2B40000024.287.318.505.823-1.0
M. Adams LF40100012.260.373.500.8730.5
B. Kintzler P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
M. Taylor CF41100001.222.294.384.6773.0
M. Wieters C31100101.220.360.439.7993.0
W. Difo 3B41210011.233.321.274.5953.5
T. Roark P20110002.154.154.154.3082.0
a- A. Stevenson PH10000010.400.412.533.945-0.5
R. Madson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
R. Bautista LF00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Roark in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Taillon
  • HR - C. Dickerson (3)
  • RBI - C. Dickerson (16), J. Taillon (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Taillon (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Turner (6), M. Taylor (7)
  • RBI - T. Turner (7), W. Difo (8), T. Roark
  • 2-Out RBI - W. Difo (4)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - G. Polanco
FIELDING
  • E - A. Frazier (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Taillon (L, 2-3)6.07332504.831.236.5
R. Rodriguez1.01001101.291.141.5
K. Crick1.01000101.501.002.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Taillon (L, 2-3)6.0
R. Rodriguez1.0
K. Crick1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Roark (W, 2-2)7.06222413.551.0323.0
R. Madson (H, 4)1.00000005.791.713.0
B. Kintzler (S, 1)1.00000004.201.2010.0
PITCHERSIP
T. Roark (W, 2-2)7.0
R. Madson (H, 4)1.0
B. Kintzler (S, 1)1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Taillon (2)
  • IBB - J. Taillon (2), R. Rodriguez
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Taillon 101-69, R. Rodriguez 13-9, K. Crick 16-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Taillon 9-3, K. Crick 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Taillon 26, R. Rodriguez 5, K. Crick 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Roark 105-64, R. Madson 9-5, B. Kintzler 11-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Roark 9-5, R. Madson 1-2, B. Kintzler 2-1
  • Batters Faced - T. Roark 26, R. Madson 3, B. Kintzler 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
123456789RHE
PIT17-12
000010100261
WAS13-16
01020000X390
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Frazier 2B40100021.250.289.319.6090.0
G. Polanco RF40100001.198.311.436.7470.0
S. Rodriguez CF30000100.156.283.356.6391.0
J. Bell 1B40000002.232.293.321.6140.0
C. Dickerson LF41111002.313.358.515.8736.0
F. Cervelli C30100000.308.391.564.9551.0
C. Moran 3B20000111.280.362.415.7760.5
J. Mercer SS31100011.247.298.344.6421.5
J. Taillon P20110000.200.200.300.5003.0
R. Rodriguez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- S. Marte PH10000000.286.365.446.8120.0
K. Crick P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
Total302621248-----
  • a-popped out for Rodriguez in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Turner SS40310000.284.381.379.7605.0
R. Zimmerman 1B40000004.184.245.378.6230.0
B. Harper RF20000220.247.458.528.9861.0
H. Kendrick 2B40000024.287.318.505.823-1.0
M. Adams LF40100012.260.373.500.8730.5
B. Kintzler P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
M. Taylor CF41100001.222.294.384.6773.0
M. Wieters C31100101.220.360.439.7993.0
W. Difo 3B41210011.233.321.274.5953.5
T. Roark P20110002.154.154.154.3082.0
a- A. Stevenson PH10000010.400.412.533.945-0.5
R. Madson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
R. Bautista LF00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
Total3239303715-----
  • a-struck out for Roark in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Taillon
  • HR - C. Dickerson (3)
  • RBI - C. Dickerson (16), J. Taillon (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Taillon (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Turner (6), M. Taylor (7)
  • RBI - T. Turner (7), W. Difo (8), T. Roark
  • 2-Out RBI - W. Difo (4)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - G. Polanco
FIELDING
  • E - A. Frazier (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Taillon (L, 2-3)6.07332504.831.236.5
R. Rodriguez1.01001101.291.141.5
K. Crick1.01000101.501.002.5
Total8.0933370---
PITCHERSIP
J. Taillon (L, 2-3)6.0
R. Rodriguez1.0
K. Crick1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Roark (W, 2-2)7.06222413.551.0323.0
R. Madson (H, 4)1.00000005.791.713.0
B. Kintzler (S, 1)1.00000004.201.2010.0
Total9.0622241---
PITCHERSIP
T. Roark (W, 2-2)7.0
R. Madson (H, 4)1.0
B. Kintzler (S, 1)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Taillon (2)
  • IBB - J. Taillon (2), R. Rodriguez
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Taillon 101-69, R. Rodriguez 13-9, K. Crick 16-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Taillon 9-3, K. Crick 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Taillon 26, R. Rodriguez 5, K. Crick 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Roark 105-64, R. Madson 9-5, B. Kintzler 11-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Roark 9-5, R. Madson 1-2, B. Kintzler 2-1
  • Batters Faced - T. Roark 26, R. Madson 3, B. Kintzler 3
  • 7TH INNING
    Dickerson homered to right23
  • 5TH INNING
    Taillon doubled to deep center, Mercer scored13
  • 4TH INNING
    Turner singled to shallow left, Difo scored, Roark to second03
    Roark singled to shallow center, Wieters scored, Difo to third02
  • 2ND INNING
    Difo singled to shallow center, Taylor scored, Wieters to second01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Rafael Bautista in left
    • Brandon Kintzler pitching
    • S. Rodriguez: Foul, Rodriguez popped out to first
    • J. Bell: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Bell grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Dickerson grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Ryan Madson pitching
    • Starling Marte hit for Richard Rodriguez
    • S. Marte: Ball, Marte popped out to second
    • A. Frazier: Frazier flied out to center
    • G. Polanco: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Polanco grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Kyle Crick pitching
    • M. Adams: Ball, Adams flied out to left
    • M. Taylor: Strike looking, Taylor doubled to shallow right
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Wieters grounded out to shortstop, Taylor to third
    • W. Difo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Difo struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Dickerson homered to right
    • F. Cervelli: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cervelli lined out to right
    • C. Moran: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Moran struck out swinging
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Mercer struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Andrew Stevenson hit for Tanner Roark
    • Richard Rodriguez relieved Jameson Taillon
    • A. Stevenson: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Stevenson struck out swinging
    • T. Turner: Foul, Ball, Turner singled to shallow left center
    • R. Zimmerman: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Zimmerman flied out to deep right, Turner to second
    • B. Harper: Harper intentionally walked
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Ball, Kendrick fouled out to right
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • G. Polanco: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Polanco grounded out to first
    • S. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Rodriguez grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Bell popped out to third
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • M. Taylor: Taylor grounded out to third
    • M. Wieters: Wieters lined out to left
    • W. Difo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Difo grounded out to second
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • F. Cervelli: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cervelli singled to shallow left
    • C. Moran: Ball, Strike looking, Moran grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Cervelli out at second
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Mercer singled to left
    • J. Taillon: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Taillon doubled to deep center, Mercer scored
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • B. Harper: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Harper struck out swinging
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Kendrick struck out swinging
    • M. Adams: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Adams grounded out to second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • S. Rodriguez: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Rodriguez grounded out to third
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bell grounded out to first
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Dickerson flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • M. Taylor: Foul, Ball, Foul, Taylor flied out to deep right
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Wieters singled to right
    • W. Difo: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Difo singled to shallow right, Wieters to second
    • T. Roark: Foul, Ball, Wieters to third, Difo to second on wild pitch, Roark singled to shallow center, Wieters scored, Difo to third
    • T. Turner: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Turner singled to shallow left, Difo scored, Roark to second
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Strike looking, Zimmerman grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Turner out at second
    • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • J. Taillon: Strike looking, Taillon grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Frazier struck out looking
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Polanco singled to left center
    • S. Rodriguez: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Polanco caught stealing, catcher to second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Turner doubled to shallow left
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Foul, Zimmerman grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Harper: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Harper intentionally walked
    • H. Kendrick: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kendrick struck out swinging
    • M. Adams: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Adams struck out looking
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • F. Cervelli: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Cervelli grounded out to first
    • C. Moran: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moran walked
    • J. Mercer: Mercer grounded into double play shortstop to first, Moran out at second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • H. Kendrick: Ball, Foul, Foul, Kendrick grounded out to third
    • M. Adams: Ball, Ball, Adams singled to right
    • M. Taylor: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Taylor reached on fielder's choice to third, Taylor to second, Adams out at second on 2nd baseman Frazier fielding error
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Wieters walked
    • W. Difo: Ball, Difo singled to shallow center, Taylor scored, Wieters to second
    • T. Roark: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Roark grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 1ST INNING
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Frazier singled to left
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Polanco flied out to deep center
    • S. Rodriguez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Rodriguez walked, Frazier to second
    • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Foul, Bell reached on fielder's choice to first, Frazier to third, Rodriguez out at second
    • C. Dickerson: Dickerson flied out to left
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Turner grounded out to pitcher
    • R. Zimmerman: Foul, Strike looking, Zimmerman flied out to deep right
    • B. Harper: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Harper struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)