Rendon has 4 hits as Nationals rout Rays 11-2

WASHINGTON (AP) Washington's Tanner Roark hasn't had a lot to show for some solid pitching of late.

Nationals hitters, including Roark, made sure he was rewarded on Wednesday.

Anthony Rendon had four hits and drove in three runs, Roark hit a two-run single and the Nationals routed the Tampa Bay Rays 11-2 for a two-game sweep.

After scoring 16 runs in Roark's previous seven starts, the Nationals took a 5-0 lead in the first off Jonny Venters (1-1), who made his first big league start after 244 relief appearances.

''His run support from us hasn't been great,'' Rendon said of Roark. ''It was good to see us back him early in the game and him not really coast but continue to battle and do what he does.''

Roark (3-6), coming off a loss in relief on Sunday in Atlanta, allowed two runs and six hits in six innings.

''It just gives you a lot more confidence in your stuff and that you can just go and attack these guys even more and not try to be too fine,'' Roark said after the Nationals scored five runs in the first inning, two on his two-out single.

Michael A. Taylor had three hits and three RBIs. Trea Turner and Juan Soto had two hits each for Washington, which has won 11 of its last 15 games.

Rendon also scored three times on his 28th birthday and raised his average from .250 to .268.

''He's the constant. He's the guy that goes out there every day and helps us win ballgames every day,'' manager Dave Martinez said.

C.J. Cron hit his 13th homer and Brad Miller had three hits for the Rays, who have lost six straight and have scored six runs in their last four.

Venters started as the Rays used their unconventional strategy of opening with a reliever for the eighth time in 17 games. He lasted only six batters.

Turner singled on his first pitch, Bryce Harper walked and Rendon hit a two-run double on Venters' seventh pitch. Mark Reynolds struck out, Juan Soto walked and Taylor's RBI double chased Venters after 23 pitches. Roark singled off Ryan Yarbrough.

Venters, who had given up one run in 14 games prior to Wednesday in his comeback season, became the first pitcher in major league history to start a game after three Tommy John surgeries. The Rays are 3-5 when starting with a reliever.

''When it works, it feels pretty good,'' manager Kevin Cash said. ''But when it doesn't, it's pretty gut-wrenching because you sit there and say: `You're asking two guys to do something differently.' We're all human in this. You care about emotions, feelings, thoughts and all that.''

Washington openesd a 10-2 lead with a four-run sixth off Yarbrough, who allowed five runs - four earned - in 5 1/3 innings.

CROSSING OVER

Washington is 5-0 in interleague play and the Rays are 0-7.

CALL TO ARMS

Tampa Bay has used 12 starting pitchers, its most through 60 games and four more than in all of last season.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: SS Daniel Robertson received a day off, his first time out of the starting lineup since May 15. ... Tampa Bay plans to recall top prospect 1B/OF Jake Bauers from Triple-A Durham on Thursday. Bauer is hitting .279 with five homers and 24 RBIs.

Nationals: OF Adam Eaton (left ankle bone bruise) was scheduled to DH in a rehab game for Class A Potomac on Wednesday night.

UP NEXT

Rays: RHP Ryne Stanek (1-1, 3.65) starts Thursday's opener of a four-game series against Seattle.

Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (6-5, 3.20 ERA) is slated to open Friday against visiting San Francisco.

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  • W: T. Roark (3-6)L: J. Venters (1-1)
  • HR: TB - C. Cron (13)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Duffy 3B40100011.307.349.391.7401.5
B. Miller 2B41300011.256.322.429.7514.5
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J. Alvarado P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Romo in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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J. Soto LF42210103.346.443.538.9817.0
M. Taylor CF52330001.215.281.378.65911.0
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  • a-lined out for Suero in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Miller in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Duffy (9), B. Miller (10)
  • HR - C. Cron (13)
  • RBI - C. Cron (33), C. Gomez (14)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Cron (12), C. Gomez (3)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Rendon 2 (14), J. Soto (4), M. Taylor (15)
  • RBI - A. Rendon 3 (20), J. Soto (6), M. Taylor 3 (19), T. Roark 2 (3)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Soto (2), M. Taylor 2 (9), T. Roark 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Turner (17), M. Taylor (16)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - J. Field (3)
  • E - C. Gomez (2), W. Ramos (2)
  • PB - W. Ramos (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Reynolds)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Venters (L, 1-1)0.13552105.061.03-14.5
R. Yarbrough5.110542303.681.230.5
S. Romo0.10000105.871.570.5
D. Castillo1.00000200.000.004.0
J. Alvarado1.02100002.731.181.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Venters (L, 1-1)0.1
R. Yarbrough5.1
S. Romo0.1
D. Castillo1.0
J. Alvarado1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Roark (W, 3-6)6.06221413.561.1021.0
J. Miller1.00000200.000.164.0
W. Suero1.00001102.451.272.5
M. Grace1.01000104.630.942.5
PITCHERSIP
T. Roark (W, 3-6)6.0
J. Miller1.0
W. Suero1.0
M. Grace1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - R. Yarbrough (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Venters 23-11, R. Yarbrough 99-66, S. Romo 4-3, D. Castillo 21-14, J. Alvarado 22-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Yarbrough 5-7, D. Castillo 1-0, J. Alvarado 2-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Venters 6, R. Yarbrough 27, S. Romo, D. Castillo 3, J. Alvarado 5
PITCHING
  • WP - W. Suero 2 (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Roark 84-55, J. Miller 12-9, W. Suero 21-11, M. Grace 9-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Roark 8-6, J. Miller 1-0
  • Batters Faced - T. Roark 25, J. Miller 3, W. Suero 4, M. Grace 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Cron 1B41111000.260.323.468.7916.0
J. Wendle SS40100010.281.330.389.7190.5
W. Ramos C30000101.290.337.448.7851.0
M. Duffy 3B40100011.307.349.391.7401.5
B. Miller 2B41300011.256.322.429.7514.5
C. Gomez RF40110003.191.262.354.6152.0
M. Smith CF30000121.260.332.343.6740.0
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  • a-struck out for Romo in the 7th
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M. Grace P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
B. Harper RF31100121.229.367.514.8822.0
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A. Rendon 3B54430000.268.345.471.81613.0
M. Reynolds 1B40100123.291.350.636.9861.0
J. Soto LF42210103.346.443.538.9817.0
M. Taylor CF52330001.215.281.378.65911.0
W. Difo 2B-SS40100014.247.317.371.6880.5
P. Severino C30000101.207.311.267.5781.0
T. Roark P30120001.120.154.120.2743.0
J. Miller P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-lined out for Suero in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Miller in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Duffy (9), B. Miller (10)
  • HR - C. Cron (13)
  • RBI - C. Cron (33), C. Gomez (14)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Cron (12), C. Gomez (3)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Rendon 2 (14), J. Soto (4), M. Taylor (15)
  • RBI - A. Rendon 3 (20), J. Soto (6), M. Taylor 3 (19), T. Roark 2 (3)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Soto (2), M. Taylor 2 (9), T. Roark 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Turner (17), M. Taylor (16)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - J. Field (3)
  • E - C. Gomez (2), W. Ramos (2)
  • PB - W. Ramos (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Reynolds)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Venters (L, 1-1)0.13552105.061.03-14.5
R. Yarbrough5.110542303.681.230.5
S. Romo0.10000105.871.570.5
D. Castillo1.00000200.000.004.0
J. Alvarado1.02100002.731.181.0
Total8.015119470---
PITCHERSIP
J. Venters (L, 1-1)0.1
R. Yarbrough5.1
S. Romo0.1
D. Castillo1.0
J. Alvarado1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Roark (W, 3-6)6.06221413.561.1021.0
J. Miller1.00000200.000.164.0
W. Suero1.00001102.451.272.5
M. Grace1.01000104.630.942.5
Total9.0722281---
PITCHERSIP
T. Roark (W, 3-6)6.0
J. Miller1.0
W. Suero1.0
M. Grace1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - R. Yarbrough (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Venters 23-11, R. Yarbrough 99-66, S. Romo 4-3, D. Castillo 21-14, J. Alvarado 22-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Yarbrough 5-7, D. Castillo 1-0, J. Alvarado 2-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Venters 6, R. Yarbrough 27, S. Romo, D. Castillo 3, J. Alvarado 5
PITCHING
  • WP - W. Suero 2 (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Roark 84-55, J. Miller 12-9, W. Suero 21-11, M. Grace 9-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Roark 8-6, J. Miller 1-0
  • Batters Faced - T. Roark 25, J. Miller 3, W. Suero 4, M. Grace 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Rendon scored, Reynolds to third on passed ball211
  • 6TH INNING
    Taylor scored on catcher Ramos fielding error210
    Taylor singled to right, Soto scored, Taylor to second on right fielder Gomez fielding error29
    Soto doubled to left, Rendon scored28
    Rendon doubled to right center, Turner scored27
  • 5TH INNING
    Cron homered to left26
  • 4TH INNING
    Gomez singled to left, Miller scored16
  • 2ND INNING
    Taylor singled to left center, Rendon scored, Soto to third06
  • 1ST INNING
    Roark singled to right, Soto and Taylor scored, Severino to third05
    Taylor doubled to deep right, Rendon scored, Soto to third03
    Rendon doubled to left center, Turner and Harper scored02
  • 9TH INNING
    • Matt Grace pitching
    • B. Miller: Strike looking, Foul, Miller singled to center
    • C. Gomez: Strike looking, Gomez lined into double play first, Miller out at first
    • M. Smith: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Wander Suero pitching
    • C. Cron: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cron lined out to center
    • J. Wendle: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Wendle struck out on foul tip
    • W. Ramos: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramos walked
    • M. Duffy: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ramos to second on wild pitch, Ball, Ramos to third on wild pitch, Duffy lined out to right
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Jose Alvarado relieved Diego Castillo
    • Adrian Sanchez hit for Wander Suero
    • A. Sanchez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Sanchez lined out to second
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Rendon singled to left
    • M. Reynolds: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Reynolds singled to center, Rendon to second
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Soto grounded out to first, Rendon to third, Reynolds to second
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Rendon scored, Reynolds to third on passed ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Taylor grounded out to third
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Justin Miller relieved Tanner Roark
    • M. Smith: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
    • Christian Arroyo hit for Sergio Romo
    • C. Arroyo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Arroyo struck out swinging
    • J. Field: Strike looking, Foul, Field grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Diego Castillo pitching
    • P. Severino: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Severino grounded out to shortstop
    • Brian Goodwin hit for Justin Miller
    • B. Goodwin: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Goodwin struck out on foul tip
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Turner struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • W. Ramos: Ball, Strike looking, Ramos flied out to right
    • M. Duffy: Ball, Duffy doubled to deep right
    • B. Miller: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Miller struck out looking
    • C. Gomez: Ball, Ball, Gomez flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Turner singled to left
    • B. Harper: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Turner stole second, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Harper struck out swinging
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rendon doubled to right center, Turner scored
    • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Reynolds grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Soto: Ball, Soto doubled to left, Rendon scored
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Taylor singled to right, Soto scored, Taylor to second on right fielder Gomez fielding error
    • Sergio Romo relieved Ryan Yarbrough
    • W. Difo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Taylor stole third, Taylor scored on catcher Ramos fielding error, Ball, Strike swinging, Difo struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 2 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • R. Yarbrough: Ball, Strike swinging, Yarbrough grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Field: Ball, Strike looking, Field grounded out to third
    • C. Cron: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Cron homered to left
    • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Wendle grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Taylor lined out to second
    • W. Difo: Strike looking, Foul, Difo singled to right center
    • P. Severino: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Severino flied out to left
    • T. Roark: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Roark grounded into fielder's choice to second, Difo out at second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • W. Ramos: Foul, Ramos grounded out to third
    • M. Duffy: Foul, Ball, Duffy grounded out to second
    • B. Miller: Miller doubled to deep right
    • C. Gomez: Ball, Gomez singled to left, Miller scored
    • M. Smith: Ball, Strike looking, Smith lined out to third
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
    • B. Harper: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Harper singled to left, Harper out at second
    • A. Rendon: Rendon flied out to deep center
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Reynolds walked
    • J. Soto: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Soto grounded out to second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • J. Field: Field grounded out to third
    • C. Cron: Strike looking, Ball, Cron flied out to deep center
    • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Wendle grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
    • P. Severino: Severino flied out to shallow right
    • T. Roark: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Roark grounded out to pitcher
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Turner flied out to center
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • M. Duffy: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Duffy struck out swinging
    • B. Miller: Strike looking, Ball, Miller singled to right center
    • C. Gomez: Ball, Gomez lined out to center
    • M. Smith: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Smith walked, Miller to second
    • R. Yarbrough: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Yarbrough struck out looking
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
    • B. Harper: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Harper struck out swinging
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Rendon reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul tip, Reynolds struck out on foul tip
    • J. Soto: Ball, Ball, Soto singled to center, Rendon to third
    • M. Taylor: Strike looking, Taylor singled to left center, Rendon scored, Soto to third
    • W. Difo: Difo grounded into fielder's choice to third, Taylor out at second
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • J. Field: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Field struck out swinging
    • C. Cron: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Cron grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Wendle: Ball, Strike looking, Wendle singled to right center
    • W. Ramos: Strike looking, Ramos flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Venters Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Turner singled to right
    • B. Harper: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Harper walked, Turner to second
    • A. Rendon: Rendon doubled to left center, Turner and Harper scored
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul tip, Reynolds struck out on foul tip
    • J. Soto: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Soto walked
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Foul, Ball, Taylor doubled to deep right, Rendon scored, Soto to third
    • Ryan Yarbrough relieved Jonny Venters
    • W. Difo: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Difo flied out to left
    • P. Severino: Severino intentionally walked
    • T. Roark: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Roark singled to right, Soto and Taylor scored, Severino to third
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Turner flied out to deep center
    • End of the 1st (5 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)