Eaton, Kendrick homer in 8th, Nats rally past Pirates 3-2

WASHINGTON (AP) Howie Kendrick is quickly making up for lost time.

Limited to only five games last season because of a torn Achilles and slowed this spring by a hamstring injury, the 35-year-old Kendrick is off to a fast start for the Washington Nationals.

He's 6 for 10, including a home run Saturday that sent the Nationals over the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2.

After Adam Eaton's two-out, two-strike homer in the eighth inning tied it, Kendrick connected on the next pitch.

''Following him up right there I was just like all right I want to get a pinch that I can get a drive,'' Kendrick said. ''Wasn't necessarily thinking trying to hit a homer or anything like that. It just happened that way.''

Kendrick started his second game of the season and his shot off Pirates reliever Richard Rodriguez (0-1) was his second homer of the year. The second baseman is now in his 14th season.

Eaton finished with three hits as the Nationals denied Pittsburgh its first series win in Washington since 2013. The teams finish the three-game set on Sunday.

Wander Suero (1-0) pitched a perfect eighth and Sean Doolittle escaped his own first-and-second, one-out jam for his first save.

Melky Cabrera hit his first home run of the season, tagging Anibal Sanchez to give the Pirates a 2-1 lead in the fifth.

Pirates starter Chris Archer struck out nine and allowed one run in seven innings in his third start of the season. He also singled in the seventh for his first hit of the season.

''It's frustrating,'' Archer said. ''We played a great game. Our margin for error is small.''

Archer pitched while appealing his five-game suspension from Major League Baseball for setting off a bench-clearing fracas at PNC Park last Sunday. He threw a fastball behind Cincinnati's Derek Dietrich, who stood and admired a long home run in his previous at-bat.

There were five ejections, but Archer wasn't tossed. He can keep playing until there's a final ruling on his appeal.

Sanchez lasted seven innings, allowing two runs off seven hits while striking out two. He has yet to win in three starts since joining Washington from Atlanta in the offseason as a free agent.

NATIONALS RECORD

Anthony Rendon doubled to break a Nationals record with at least one-extra base hit in 10 straight games. He had shared the mark with Ryan Zimmerman. Rendon also extended his hitting streak to 12 games.

THIRD BASE SWITCH

Colin Moran earned the start at third base for Pittsburgh over Jung Ho Kang a day after hitting the go-ahead home run in the 10th inning as a pinch-hitter.

Kang entered Saturday batting just .108 (4 for 37) in 12 games. He then struck out in the ninth with two runners on.

He's trying to figure out how to do well again,'' Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. ''I'm anticipating Moran will play again tomorrow and that will give (Kang) a three game break to work on some things in extended work time.

Moran went 1 for 4 with an RBI.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: RHP Justin Miller (lower back strain) was placed on the 10-day injured list. He pitched one inning in Friday's night loss to Pittsburgh and afterward manager Dave Martinez expressed concern about his fastball velocity.

Miller has made seven appearances this season for Washington posting a 5.68 ERA. RHP Austen Williams was recalled from Triple-A Fresno. The 26-year-old went 0-1 with a 5.59 ERA in 10 appearances out of the Washington bullpen in 2018.

UP NEXT

Pirates: RHP Jameson Taillon (0-2, 3.00 ERA) has a 3.50 ERA in three career appearances against the Nationals. Pittsburgh's opening day starter lasted just two innings in his last appearance on Monday in Chicago.

Nationals: RHP Max Scherzer (1-2, 3.32) will make his fourth start of the season a day later than expected after dealing with right leg soreness. Scherzer is 11-10 in 32 career starts when coming off six or more days of rest.

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  • HR: PIT - M. Cabrera (1), WAS - H. Kendrick (2), A. Eaton (1)
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  • a-struck out for Rodriguez in the 9th
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H. Kendrick 2B21111201.600.6671.4002.0678.0
A. Rendon 3B41100003.412.466.9221.3873.0
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M. Adams 1B30000001.167.158.278.4360.0
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A. Sanchez P20000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
R. Zimmerman 1B10000000.200.327.300.6270.0
V. Robles CF30000030.267.340.600.940-1.5
    BATTING
    • 2B - C. Moran (2), E. Gonzalez (2)
    • 3B - J. Bell
    • HR - M. Cabrera
    • SH - J. Shuck
    • RBI - C. Moran (7), M. Cabrera (4)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Cabrera (3)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Frazier (3), S. Marte (7), E. Gonzalez (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Rendon (8)
    • HR - A. Eaton, H. Kendrick (2)
    • RBI - A. Eaton (5), H. Kendrick (4), K. Suzuki (6)
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Eaton, H. Kendrick, K. Suzuki (3)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Soto (2)
    FIELDING
    • E - H. Kendrick
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Archer7.04112902.001.0021.5
    R. Rodriguez (L, 0-1) (BS, 1)1.02220126.751.20-5.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Archer7.0
    R. Rodriguez (L, 0-1) (BS, 1)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    A. Sanchez7.07221214.861.5015.0
    W. Suero (W, 1-0)1.00000006.350.8810.0
    S. Doolittle (S, 1)1.01001100.001.008.5
    PITCHERSIP
    A. Sanchez7.0
    W. Suero (W, 1-0)1.0
    S. Doolittle (S, 1)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Archer 94-60, R. Rodriguez 22-14
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Archer 8-3, R. Rodriguez 0-4
    • Batters Faced - C. Archer 25, R. Rodriguez 5
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 100-63, W. Suero 11-7, S. Doolittle 16-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 9-7, W. Suero 1-0, S. Doolittle 1-1
    • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 29, W. Suero 3, S. Doolittle 5
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    F. Cervelli C40000001.214.298.286.5840.0
    J. Bell 1B41100000.292.364.583.9474.0
    C. Moran 3B40110010.273.385.6361.0212.5
    M. Cabrera RF41311001.432.447.5951.0428.0
    J. Martin PR00000000.385.429.462.8900.0
    J. Shuck LF20100101.286.483.381.8642.0
    E. Gonzalez SS30100103.231.318.333.6523.0
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    • a-struck out for Rodriguez in the 9th
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    H. Kendrick 2B21111201.600.6671.4002.0678.0
    A. Rendon 3B41100003.412.466.9221.3873.0
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    M. Adams 1B30000001.167.158.278.4360.0
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      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Moran (2), E. Gonzalez (2)
      • 3B - J. Bell
      • HR - M. Cabrera
      • SH - J. Shuck
      • RBI - C. Moran (7), M. Cabrera (4)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Cabrera (3)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Frazier (3), S. Marte (7), E. Gonzalez (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Rendon (8)
      • HR - A. Eaton, H. Kendrick (2)
      • RBI - A. Eaton (5), H. Kendrick (4), K. Suzuki (6)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Eaton, H. Kendrick, K. Suzuki (3)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Soto (2)
      FIELDING
      • E - H. Kendrick
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Archer7.04112902.001.0021.5
      R. Rodriguez (L, 0-1) (BS, 1)1.02220126.751.20-5.5
      Total8.06332102---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Archer7.0
      R. Rodriguez (L, 0-1) (BS, 1)1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Sanchez7.07221214.861.5015.0
      W. Suero (W, 1-0)1.00000006.350.8810.0
      S. Doolittle (S, 1)1.01001100.001.008.5
      Total9.0822231---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Sanchez7.0
      W. Suero (W, 1-0)1.0
      S. Doolittle (S, 1)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Archer 94-60, R. Rodriguez 22-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Archer 8-3, R. Rodriguez 0-4
      • Batters Faced - C. Archer 25, R. Rodriguez 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 100-63, W. Suero 11-7, S. Doolittle 16-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 9-7, W. Suero 1-0, S. Doolittle 1-1
      • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 29, W. Suero 3, S. Doolittle 5
      • 8TH INNING
        Kendrick homered to left23
        Eaton homered to right22
      • 6TH INNING
        Cabrera homered to right21
      • 4TH INNING
        Suzuki singled to left, Rendon scored11
        Moran doubled to deep right, Bell scored10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Sean Doolittle relieved Wander Suero
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Cabrera singled to right center
        • Jason Martin ran for Melky Cabrera
        • J. Shuck: Foul, Shuck hit sacrifice bunt to catcher, Martin to second
        • E. Gonzalez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez walked
        • Jung Ho Kang hit for Richard Rodriguez
        • J. Kang: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Kang struck out swinging
        • A. Frazier: Foul, Ball, Frazier fouled out to left
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Ryan Zimmerman at first base
        • Wander Suero pitching
        • F. Cervelli: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Cervelli lined out to right
        • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bell fouled out to first
        • C. Moran: Strike looking, Moran grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Richard Rodriguez relieved Chris Archer
        • R. Zimmerman: Zimmerman flied out to deep center
        • V. Robles: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Robles struck out looking
        • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Eaton homered to right
        • H. Kendrick: Kendrick homered to left
        • A. Rendon: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Rendon flied out to deep center
        • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • A. Sanchez Pitching:
        • C. Archer: Ball, Archer singled to center
        • A. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Frazier grounded out to shortstop, Archer out at second
        • S. Marte: Ball, Foul, Ball, Marte grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • M. Adams: Adams grounded out to first
        • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Suzuki grounded out to shortstop
        • W. Difo: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Difo struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • A. Sanchez Pitching:
        • J. Bell: Strike looking, Ball, Bell grounded out to second
        • C. Moran: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Moran flied out to left
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Cabrera homered to right
        • J. Shuck: Strike looking, Shuck singled to right
        • E. Gonzalez: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Gonzalez grounded bunt out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • H. Kendrick: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kendrick walked
        • A. Rendon: Ball, Rendon grounded out to second, Kendrick out at second
        • J. Soto: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Soto struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • A. Sanchez Pitching:
        • C. Archer: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Archer safe at first on 2nd baseman Kendrick fielding error
        • A. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Frazier flied out to center
        • S. Marte: Marte flied out to deep center
        • F. Cervelli: Cervelli lined out to center
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • A. Sanchez: Foul, Sanchez grounded out to second
        • V. Robles: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Robles struck out looking
        • A. Eaton: Eaton flied out to center
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • A. Sanchez Pitching:
        • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Cervelli grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Bell: Bell tripled to deep left
        • C. Moran: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Moran doubled to deep right, Bell scored
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Cabrera flied out to center
        • J. Shuck: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Shuck walked
        • E. Gonzalez: Ball, Foul, Gonzalez flied out to left
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • A. Rendon: Ball, Foul, Foul, Rendon doubled to deep right
        • J. Soto: Ball, Soto grounded out to pitcher
        • M. Adams: Ball, Strike looking, Adams flied out to deep left
        • K. Suzuki: Ball, Suzuki singled to left, Rendon scored
        • W. Difo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Difo struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • A. Sanchez Pitching:
        • E. Gonzalez: Ball, Gonzalez doubled to right
        • C. Archer: Archer fouled out to catcher
        • A. Frazier: Frazier lined out to second, Gonzalez to third
        • S. Marte: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Marte lined out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • A. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
        • V. Robles: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Robles struck out swinging
        • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Eaton singled to center
        • H. Kendrick: Pickoff attempt, Kendrick flied out to deep center
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • A. Sanchez Pitching:
        • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Bell flied out to deep center
        • C. Moran: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Moran struck out on foul tip
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera singled to left center
        • J. Shuck: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Shuck grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • M. Adams: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Adams popped out to first
        • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Suzuki struck out swinging
        • W. Difo: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Difo struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • A. Sanchez Pitching:
        • A. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
        • S. Marte: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Marte popped out to first
        • F. Cervelli: Cervelli grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • A. Eaton: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Eaton singled to center
        • H. Kendrick: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Kendrick walked, Eaton to second
        • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Ball, Rendon grounded out to second, Eaton to third, Kendrick out at second
        • J. Soto: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Soto struck out looking
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)