Roark Strikes Out 8 and Nats’ Bats Pound Mariners 5-1

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By Michael Marzzacco

The Nationals bats continued to murder Mariners pitchers and Tanner Roark pitched a beauty as the Nats took the three-game series from the M’s with a 5-1 Curly W. Tomorrow the Nats get a chance to sweep them with Gio Gonzalez on the mound. Be advised that first pitch is now 12:05, moved up four hours due to a big storm tomorrow afternoon.

Washington is undefeated at home against Seattle, posting an 8-0 record with the win on Wednesday. On Tuesday, the Nats put up 10 runs, including an eight-run fourth. Today the bulk of the offense came from a four-run first inning after the visitors took a 1-0 lead. The Mariners got that run from an RBI single by Robinson Cano.

In the first, Trea Turner led off using his speed to get to first, beating the throw to first from shortstop Jean Segura. He then stole second for his 10th steal of the season.  After Jayson Werth drew a walk Bryce Harper lined out to right field, moving Turner to third. Ryan Zimmerman would hit a sacrifice fly to right field that was deep enough to score Turner to tie the game. Daniel Murphy followed with a double to the right field wall. Werth came around third but third base coach Bob Henley held up the brakes and Werth retreated back to third.

On Tuesday, Anthony Rendon went 3-for-4 with a double, two homers, five RBI’s and three runs scored. Wednesday, Rendon picked up where he left off in his first at-bat, drilling 1-1 pitch over the center field wall into the Mariners bullpen for a three-run shot.

In the second, Michael Taylor got on with a bunt single, advanced to second on a Roark bunt and raced home after Turner delivered a base knock into right field to put the Nats up 5-1.

Taylor would put on a defensive clinic in the outfield, making a couple great plays and nearly robbing a home run.

Roark went seven innings allowing just the one run while striking out eight. Koda Glover had a 1-2-3 ninth to end the game.

Dusty Baker’s press conference

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