MLB ROUNDUP: Nats' Roark tosses three-hitter
April 27, 2014 1:40 AM

Tanner Roark pitched a three-hitter for the first complete game of his career as the Washington Nationals beat the San Diego Padres, 4-0, on Saturday.

Roark set down the first 16 batters before San Diego catcher Rene Rivera, an .074 batter entering the game, hit a solid single to center field with one out in the sixth inning.

Roark (2-0) walked one and struck out eight, including Jedd Gyorko to end the game on his 105th pitch. The 27-year-old right-hander extended his run of consecutive scoreless innings to 18, improved to 4-0 in his career at Nationals Park. In 35 innings there he has given up one earned run.

Ian Desmond had three hits for Washington, including a run-scoring double — the game’s only extra-base hit — which highlighted a three-run first inning off losing pitcher Andrew Cashner (2-3).

Washington got all the offense it needed in the first inning as singles by Anthony Rendon, Jayson Werth, and Adam LaRoche produced one run. Desmond’s double to the right-field corner brought in another. Danny Espinosa’s sacrifice fly gave the Nationals a 3-0 lead.

 

GIANTS 5, INDIANS 3: Hunter Pence hit a two-run single in San Francisco’s four-run fifth inning, leading the Giants over Cleveland.

Buster Posey added a solo homer in the sixth as San Francisco earned its third consecutive win. Posey, who won the NL MVP award in 2012, went 1-for-3 and is batting .103 (4-for-39) over his last 13 games.

Michael Bourn, Nick Swisher and David Murphy had two hits apiece for Cleveland, which blew a 3-0 lead. Jason Kipnis drove in two runs.

Indians right-hander Zach McAllister was in complete control before he got into trouble in the fifth. He needed just seven pitches to get through the third and seven more to retire the side in the fourth.

McAllister (3-1) retired 12 in a row before Michael Morse led off the fifth with a single to center. Morse advanced to third on Brandon Crawford’s one-out single and scored on Gregor Blanco’s pinch-hit single.

 

MARLINS 7, METS 6: Jarrod Saltalamacchia homered leading off the 10th inning, Giancarlo Stanton also went deep and Miami rallied from four runs down to beat New York.

Stanton hit a two-run shot and Miami climbed out of a 5-1 hole with a five-run sixth capped by pinch-hitter Reed Johnson’s two-run double. Stanton’s seventh home run of the season gave him 29 RBIs, most in the majors.

Bobby Abreu hit his first major league homer since 2012 and Lucas Duda had a two-run single for the Mets, who had won three straight and five of six. New York was trying to move four games over .500 for the first time since July 14, 2012.

 

BREWERS 5, CUBS 3: Jeff Bianchi had a two-run single and Marco Estrada threw 7 2/3 strong innings to lead Milwaukee past Chicago.

Bianchi went 2-for-4, entering the game as a pinch-hitter in the first for Jean Segura, who was hit in the head in the dugout by a bat.

A TV replay showed the all-star getting hit on the right side of the head during a warmup swing by teammate Ryan Braun, who was facing the field on the top steps of the dugout while Segura was coming up behind him.

Bianchi drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single in the second off Cubs starter Travis Wood (1-3).

Estrada (2-1) had nine strikeouts.

Francisco Rodriguez tossed a 1-2-3 ninth for his 11th save.

 

BRAVES 4, REDS 1: Rookie right-hander David Hale allowed only two hits over eight innings in a performance that may not be enough to save his spot in Atlanta’s rotation, and the Braves beat Cincinnati.

Freddie Freeman, Justin Upton and Evan Gattis each homered off Cincinnati’s Mike Leake (2-2).

Hale gave up a walk and two hits, including Ryan Ludwick’s run-scoring double, in the first inning. He didn’t allow another hit as he faced the minimum 21 batters over the next seven innings.

Cincinnati’s only other baserunner against Hale came on Jay Bruce’s leadoff walk in the fourth, and the Braves ended that inning with a double play.

Craig Kimbrel closed the combined two-hitter for his eighth save.

Hale (1-0) has a 2.31 ERA in four starts but could lose his spot in the rotation next week, when left-hander Mike Minor is expected to come off the disabled list.

 

PHILLIES 6, DIAMONDBACKS 5: Pinch-hitter Cody Asche hit a two-run double in Philadelphia’s four-run eighth inning and the Phillies rallied after a shaky start by Cliff Lee to beat Arizona.

The Phillies fell behind 5-0 in the first three innings as Lee struggled.

Philadelphia rallied by scoring two runs off Bronson Arroyo in the seventh and four more in the eighth against Joe Thatcher and Trevor Cahill (1-5).

Jeff Manship (1-0) allowed a hit and two walks in an inning and Jonathan Papelbon got an assist from a replay in the ninth to earn seventh save.

Cody Ross had three RBIs and two hits for Arizona, which has lost nine of 10 at home.

 

DODGERS 6, ROCKIES 3: Adrian Gonzalez homered for the third straight game and Matt Kemp also went deep, leading Paul Maholm and Los Angeles over Colorado.

Maholm (1-2) threw 84 pitches over seven innings, allowing two runs and six hits in his fourth start with the defending NL West champions. Chris Withrow struck out Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki with the bases loaded in the eighth inning to help preserve the win.

Maholm, a veteran left-hander who signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract as a free agent in February, had lost his previous seven decisions against the Rockies and was 1-8 with a 6.63 ERA in 10 career starts against them.

 

AMERICAN LEAGUE

RAYS 4, WHITE SOX 0: Cesar Ramos and two relievers combined for a five-hitter, leading Tampa Bay to a win over Chicago.

Ramos (1-1) pitched five innings of five-hit ball in place of Matt Moore, who had Tommy John surgery on Tuesday. Brandon Gomes then tossed three innings and Juan Carlos Oviedo finished.

James Loney had three hits for the Rays, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Ryan Hanigan hit a two-run double to give the Rays a 2-0 lead in the second after Loney singled and Logan Forsythe walked.

White Sox starter John Danks (2-1) struggled with his command and a high pitch count. He allowed four runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings. He struck out four, walked four and threw a career-high 123 pitches.

The White Sox threatened in the fifth, loading the bases with a walk, a single and another walk. Jose Abreu grounded out against Ramos to end the inning. Abreu hit a game-ending grand slam in Chicago’s 9-6 victory over the Rays on Friday.

 

YANKEES 4, ANGELS 3: John Ryan Murphy hit his first big league homer and drove in three runs, Dellin Betances earned his first win in the majors and New York bounced back against Los Angeles.

David Robertson posted his first save since coming off the disabled list. Mike Trout singled with one out in a nervy ninth and stole second, but Robertson retired Albert Pujols on a fly ball and struck out Howie Kendrick to end it.

A day after the Angels homered four times in a 13-1 romp, they started strong when Trout hit a solo shot on the seventh pitch of the afternoon.

Murphy lined a two-out, two-run single in the second that gave the Yankees a 3-1 lead. The backup catcher then homered on the first pitch in the fifth, tagging Hector Santiago (0-4) for a 4-3 lead.

Betances (1-0) took over in the fifth for shaky starter Vidal Nuno and pitched two scoreless innings.

 

RED SOX 7, BLUE JAYS 6: A.J. Pierzynski hit his eighth career grand slam and Will Middlebrooks added a solo homer, powering Boston to the road win.

Jose Bautista and Juan Francisco hit solo home runs for Toronto, which has lost a season-high four straight games.

Middlebrooks has five home runs and 10 extra base hits in 13 career games at Toronto’s Rogers Centre. He had a three-homer game against the Blue Jays on April 7, 2013.

Clay Buchholz survived a shaky first inning to win for the first time in five starts this season. Buchholz (1-2) allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings. Koji Uehara got four outs for his fifth save.

Blue Jays right-hander Brandon Morrow (1-2) issued a career-worst eight walks in 2 2-3 innings.

 

ORIOLES 3, ROYALS 2: Nick Markakis singled in the winning run in the 10th inning after two throwing errors by pitcher Danny Duffy laid the groundwork for Baltimore’s victory over Kansas City.

The Orioles went eight straight innings without scoring before facing Duffy, who had pitched 8 1-3 scoreless innings on the season.

After Duffy (1-1) hit Jonathan Schoop to begin the 10th, the left-hander threw wildly to second base after fielding a bunt by David Lough. Jemile Weeks followed with another bunt, and on this one Duffy’s throw went high and wide to first, loading the bases.

Louis Coleman replaced Duffy and struck out Nelson Cruz before Markakis hit an opposite-field liner that landed inside the left-field foul line.

 

TWINS 5, TIGERS 3: Phil Hughes threw seven strong innings and Josmil Pinto hit his fifth homer, leading Minnesota to the victory.

Hughes (2-1) had six strikeouts with no walks. He retired 16 straight at one point and has won two straight — a welcome sight for a Twins rotation that had produced only six quality starts this season.

Jared Burton pitched a scoreless eighth and Glen Perkins worked the ninth for his sixth save in seven chances.

Detroit led 2-0 before starter Anibal Sanchez left in the third with a blister on his middle finger on his throwing hand, forcing newly recalled Jose Ortega (0-1) into action.

 

ASTROS 7, ATHLETICS 6: Dexter Fowler hit a tiebreaking RBI single in Houston’s four-run eighth inning, and the Astros held on for the win over Oakland.

Fowler also had a solo homer as Houston snapped a three-game losing streak. Chris Carter connected for a two-run shot in the second.

The game was tied at 3 when Fowler drove in Marwin Gonzalez with a base hit against Sean Doolittle (0-2). Jason Castro then singled in Jose Altuve, and Fowler and Castro eventually came home on groundouts.

Brandon Moss hit a three-run homer in the Oakland ninth against Jerome Williams (1-1). Nick Punto then singled, but Coco Crisp bounced into a fielder’s choice and Raul Valdes struck out John Jaso and Jed Lowrie for his first save.

 

RANGERS 6, MARINERS 3: Mitch Moreland drove in Prince Fielder with a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth inning, and Texas held off Seattle.

Aaron Poreda (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings to earn his first victory since June 25, 2009, with the Chicago White Sox. Joakim Soria got three outs for his sixth save in six chances.

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