Roark continues strong run as Nationals defeat Reds 2-1

WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Nationals need starting pitchers beyond Max Scherzer to excel if they're going to make a run at the Phillies and Braves in the NL East.

Count Tanner Roark in.

Matt Wieters homered to back Roark, who went seven innings to win his third straight start, and the Nationals defeated the Cincinnati Reds 2-1 on Sunday.

The Nationals took three of four from the Reds and have won eight of 11 overall with the second-place Braves coming to town for a four-game series beginning Tuesday.

''They're fighting, they're hitting, they're pitching. They're doing everything right,'' Washington manager Dave Martinez said of his team. ''So, let's keep it going.''

Roark (6-12) allowed a run on seven singles and got a nice ovation when he made a diving stop on Billy Hamilton's comebacker to end the seventh.

Leading 2-0, Roark allowed four straight singles to open the fourth with Mason William's hit pulling the Reds within 2-1. Roark then retired Tucker Barnhart on a pop to short, struck out Brandon Dixon and got Castillo on a fly to right.

''It's easy to get in your own head in that spot,'' Roark said. ''You've just got to continue to grind and make your pitches and not give in.''

In his last three outings, Roark has allowed two earned runs in 22 innings (0.82 ERA) with 20 strikeouts and a walk after going more than a month-and-a-half without a win.

''He's definitely got confidence right now,'' Martinez said. ''For him, doing what he's doing right now, we need that.''

Bryce Harper had two hits including an RBI double and is batting .367 since the All-Star break.

Kelvin Herrera worked the ninth for his third Washington save.

There was no carryover from Saturday night's game - in which Harper and Joey Votto were hit by pitches - until the seventh when Michael Lorenzen's fastball sailed behind Washington's Adam Eaton with two outs and Eaton glared at the mound.

Harper started in center Sunday while Votto did not start but was called out on strikes as a pinch hitter to end the game.

Cincinnati's Luis Castillo (6-9) allowed two runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings.

The Braves managed just one hit against Roark after the fourth.

''He's not blowing you away the way Scherzer can,'' Reds manager Jim Riggleman said, ''but he's just a guy who knows what he's doing out there and keeps mixing it up and had us off balance quite a bit during the day.

Wieters made it 1-0 in the second inning when he sent a 2-0 Castillo fastball into the second deck in right and Harper's third-inning double made it 2-0.

VOTTO'S TAKE

Votto, visibly angry after getting hit by Ryan Madson, didn't speak with reporters following Saturday's game. Asked Sunday morning if Madson's pitch that hit him was intentional, he responded: ''I have no idea. My reaction kind of falls in line with that. I reacted. I had no idea at the time when I reacted, and I still don't, now.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Reds: Riggleman said Votto's absence Sunday was not due to getting hit. ''Just basically normal aches and pains,'' he said. ''It's deep into the season and three games in two days, day game after night game, just kind of at the point today, this would be a day off.'' Votto demurred: ''I want to play every day. I'd like to play every inning of every game all year long.''

Nationals: SS Trea Turner (0 for 9 in Saturday's doubleheader) was not in in the starting lineup for just the fourth time this season. He was intentionally walked as a pinch hitter in the eighth.

UP NEXT

Reds: RHP Homer Bailey (1-8, 5.87) pitches the opener of the three-game series against the Mets Monday in New York. He's 1-5 with a 7.22 ERA in seven starts versus New York.

Nationals: RHP Jefry Rodriguez (0-1, 6.86) and RHP Max Scherzer (15-5, 2.33) will pitch in a day-night double-header that opens a four-game series against the visiting Braves.

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  • W: T. Roark (6-12)L: L. Castillo (6-9)S: K. Herrera (17)
  • HR: WAS - M. Wieters (4)
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E. Suarez 3B40200000.304.386.584.9702.0
M. Williams RF40210001.379.379.552.9313.0
T. Barnhart C30100004.246.331.361.6921.0
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M. Lorenzen P0000-000.286.333.929.000-
A. Garrett P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
B. Hamilton CF30000000.225.299.303.6020.0
  • a-struck out for Barnhart in the 9th
  • b-flied out for Peralta in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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D. Murphy 2B-1B40100003.294.347.434.7801.0
M. Adams 1B30000002.277.350.550.9000.0
a- T. Turner PH-SS00000100.267.339.413.7521.0
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T. Roark P20000000.186.205.256.4600.0
b- M. Taylor PH-CF10000000.243.307.375.6820.0
W. Difo SS-2B30100010.247.302.351.6540.5
HITTERSAB
A. Eaton RF4
R. Madson P0
K. Herrera P0
J. Soto LF2
A. Rendon 3B4
B. Harper CF-RF4
D. Murphy 2B-1B4
M. Adams 1B3
a- T. Turner PH-SS0
M. Wieters C4
T. Roark P2
b- M. Taylor PH-CF1
W. Difo SS-2B3
  • a-was walked intentionally for Adams in the 8th
  • b-grounded out for Roark in the 7th
BATTING
  • RBI - M. Williams (4)
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Harper (20)
  • HR - M. Wieters (4)
  • RBI - B. Harper (68), M. Wieters (12)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Harper (22), M. Wieters (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Gennett-Peraza-Dixon)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Difo-Murphy-Adams)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Castillo (L, 6-9)5.16222314.911.331.5
W. Peralta0.20000105.971.890.5
M. Lorenzen1.02000002.611.351.0
A. Garrett1.00001003.611.132.0
PITCHERSIP
L. Castillo (L, 6-9)5.1
W. Peralta0.2
M. Lorenzen1.0
A. Garrett1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Roark (W, 6-12)7.07110204.211.2824.0
R. Madson (H, 13)1.00000204.431.434.0
K. Herrera (S, 17)1.00000102.131.1610.5
PITCHERSIP
T. Roark (W, 6-12)7.0
R. Madson (H, 13)1.0
K. Herrera (S, 17)1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - A. Garrett
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Castillo 88-61, W. Peralta 6-5, M. Lorenzen 23-13, A. Garrett 10-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Castillo 7-5, M. Lorenzen 2-1, A. Garrett 1-2
  • Batters Faced - L. Castillo 23, W. Peralta 2, M. Lorenzen 5, A. Garrett 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Roark 88-64, R. Madson 12-8, K. Herrera 12-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Roark 7-11, K. Herrera 1-1
  • Batters Faced - T. Roark 27, R. Madson 3, K. Herrera 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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P. Ervin LF41100020.308.371.436.8071.0
S. Gennett 2B40100010.310.360.494.8530.5
E. Suarez 3B40200000.304.386.584.9702.0
M. Williams RF40210001.379.379.552.9313.0
T. Barnhart C30100004.246.331.361.6921.0
a- J. Votto PH10000010.287.424.426.850-0.5
B. Dixon 1B30000014.176.222.314.536-0.5
L. Castillo P20000003.122.163.146.3090.0
W. Peralta P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- P. Tucker PH10000000.246.293.423.7160.0
M. Lorenzen P0000-000.286.333.929.000-
A. Garrett P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
B. Hamilton CF30000000.225.299.303.6020.0
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  • a-struck out for Barnhart in the 9th
  • b-flied out for Peralta in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Eaton RF41200011.306.397.399.7962.5
R. Madson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
K. Herrera P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Soto LF20000202.310.424.556.9802.0
A. Rendon 3B40100012.287.347.516.8630.5
B. Harper CF-RF40210001.234.380.495.8754.0
D. Murphy 2B-1B40100003.294.347.434.7801.0
M. Adams 1B30000002.277.350.550.9000.0
a- T. Turner PH-SS00000100.267.339.413.7521.0
M. Wieters C41111014.197.293.320.6135.5
T. Roark P20000000.186.205.256.4600.0
b- M. Taylor PH-CF10000000.243.307.375.6820.0
W. Difo SS-2B30100010.247.302.351.6540.5
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HITTERSAB
A. Eaton RF4
R. Madson P0
K. Herrera P0
J. Soto LF2
A. Rendon 3B4
B. Harper CF-RF4
D. Murphy 2B-1B4
M. Adams 1B3
a- T. Turner PH-SS0
M. Wieters C4
T. Roark P2
b- M. Taylor PH-CF1
W. Difo SS-2B3
Total31
  • a-was walked intentionally for Adams in the 8th
  • b-grounded out for Roark in the 7th
BATTING
  • RBI - M. Williams (4)
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Harper (20)
  • HR - M. Wieters (4)
  • RBI - B. Harper (68), M. Wieters (12)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Harper (22), M. Wieters (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Gennett-Peraza-Dixon)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Difo-Murphy-Adams)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Castillo (L, 6-9)5.16222314.911.331.5
W. Peralta0.20000105.971.890.5
M. Lorenzen1.02000002.611.351.0
A. Garrett1.00001003.611.132.0
Total8.0822341---
PITCHERSIP
L. Castillo (L, 6-9)5.1
W. Peralta0.2
M. Lorenzen1.0
A. Garrett1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Roark (W, 6-12)7.07110204.211.2824.0
R. Madson (H, 13)1.00000204.431.434.0
K. Herrera (S, 17)1.00000102.131.1610.5
Total9.0711050---
PITCHERSIP
T. Roark (W, 6-12)7.0
R. Madson (H, 13)1.0
K. Herrera (S, 17)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - A. Garrett
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Castillo 88-61, W. Peralta 6-5, M. Lorenzen 23-13, A. Garrett 10-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Castillo 7-5, M. Lorenzen 2-1, A. Garrett 1-2
  • Batters Faced - L. Castillo 23, W. Peralta 2, M. Lorenzen 5, A. Garrett 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Roark 88-64, R. Madson 12-8, K. Herrera 12-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Roark 7-11, K. Herrera 1-1
  • Batters Faced - T. Roark 27, R. Madson 3, K. Herrera 3
  • 4TH INNING
    Williams singled to right, Ervin scored, Gennett to third, Suarez to second12
  • 3RD INNING
    Harper doubled to deep left, Eaton scored, Rendon to third02
  • 2ND INNING
    Wieters homered to right01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Kelvin Herrera relieved Ryan Madson
    • E. Suarez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Suarez flied out to deep right
    • M. Williams: Strike looking, Ball, Williams grounded out to second
    • Joey Votto hit for Tucker Barnhart
    • J. Votto: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Votto struck out looking
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Ryan Madson pitching
    • J. Peraza: Strike swinging, Peraza flied out to deep right
    • P. Ervin: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ervin struck out looking
    • S. Gennett: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gennett struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Lorenzen Pitching:
    • A. Rendon: Rendon singled to shallow center
    • Amir Garrett relieved Michael Lorenzen
    • B. Harper: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Harper grounded out to third, Rendon to second
    • D. Murphy: Foul, Murphy flied out to left
    • Trea Turner hit for Matt Adams
    • T. Turner: Turner intentionally walked
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Wieters popped out to second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • B. Dixon: Foul, Foul, Foul, Dixon grounded out to third
    • Preston Tucker hit for Wandy Peralta
    • P. Tucker: Strike swinging, Ball, Tucker flied out to center
    • B. Hamilton: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hamilton grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Michael Lorenzen pitching
    • Michael Taylor hit for Tanner Roark
    • M. Taylor: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Taylor grounded out to third
    • W. Difo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Difo lined out to first
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Eaton singled to center
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Soto grounded out to second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • S. Gennett: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gennett flied out to deep left
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Strike looking, Suarez singled to center
    • M. Williams: Foul, Williams fouled out to shortstop
    • T. Barnhart: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Barnhart flied out to center
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • A. Rendon: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Rendon struck out swinging
    • B. Harper: Ball, Foul, Harper singled to right center
    • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Murphy singled to right, Harper to second
    • Wandy Peralta relieved Luis Castillo
    • M. Adams: Strike looking, Adams popped out to second
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Wieters struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • B. Hamilton: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Hamilton flied out to shallow left
    • J. Peraza: Ball, Peraza lined out to left
    • P. Ervin: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ervin struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • W. Difo: Ball, Strike swinging, Difo singled to right
    • A. Eaton: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Eaton reached on fielder's choice to third, Difo out at second
    • J. Soto: Soto grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Eaton out at second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • P. Ervin: Ervin singled to left
    • S. Gennett: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Gennett singled to right, Ervin to second
    • E. Suarez: Suarez singled to left, Ervin to third, Gennett to second
    • M. Williams: Foul, Foul, Williams singled to right, Ervin scored, Gennett to third, Suarez to second
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Barnhart popped out to shortstop
    • B. Dixon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Dixon struck out swinging
    • L. Castillo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Castillo flied out to right
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • M. Adams: Foul, Foul, Ball, Adams grounded out to first
    • M. Wieters: Foul, Foul, Foul, Wieters lined out to center
    • T. Roark: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Roark grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • L. Castillo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Castillo grounded out to third
    • B. Hamilton: Hamilton flied out to shallow left
    • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Peraza grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • W. Difo: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Difo struck out swinging
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Foul, Eaton reached on an infield single to pitcher
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Soto walked, Eaton to second
    • A. Rendon: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Rendon reached on fielder's choice to second, Eaton to third, Soto out at second
    • B. Harper: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Harper doubled to deep left, Eaton scored, Rendon to third
    • D. Murphy: Murphy grounded out to first
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Suarez flied out to right
    • M. Williams: Ball, Strike looking, Williams reached on bunt single to third
    • T. Barnhart: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Barnhart singled to left, Williams to second
    • B. Dixon: Strike looking, Dixon grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Barnhart out at second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • D. Murphy: Murphy flied out to deep center
    • M. Adams: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Adams lined out to right
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Ball, Wieters homered to right
    • T. Roark: Strike looking, Strike looking, Roark grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Peraza grounded out to third
    • P. Ervin: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ervin flied out to right
    • S. Gennett: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gennett grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • A. Eaton: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Eaton struck out swinging
    • J. Soto: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Soto walked
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Ball, Rendon lined out to center
    • B. Harper: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Harper popped out to third
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)