Roark dominant as the Nationals beat Pirates 6-0
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 17, 2016 03:58 PM
Washington Nationals' Danny Espinosa, left, slides home to score past Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Eric Fryer during the fourth inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 16, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington's Tanner Roark pitched eight-plus scoreless innings and drove in a run to guide the Nationals to a 6-0 win against Pittsburgh on Saturday, extending their lead atop the National League East division to seven games.
The Nationals also moved within one game of the overall lead in the NL after San Francisco lost in extra innings at San Diego.
The Chicago Cubs are also a game behind the Giants after beating Texas and spoiling the return of Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish following five weeks out injured.
In the key American League clash, Boston defeated its old rival, the New York Yankees, to push its winning streak to six games.
Washington's Roark did not allow any extra-base hits and issued only one walk in his longest start of the season. He started the ninth inning but left after allowing a single and hitting a batter before the sellout crowd.
Anthony Rendon homered and drove in two runs for Washington while second baseman Stephen Drew had three doubles and one RBI in place of NL batting leader Daniel Murphy.
San Francisco pitcher Santiago Casilla balked for the decisive run, handing San Diego a 7-6 victory.
San Diego's Alex Dickerson and Derek Norris both singled to open the 10th against Casilla. Norris stole second before Adam Rosales bounced a single past the shortstop to drive in the tying run.
With Alexei Ramirez at the plate, Casilla stumbled during his delivery and a balk was called, bringing in Norris with the winning run.
Chicago's Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run double and that proved enough for the Cubs to beat Texas 3-1.
Darvish, making his first start since June 8 because of shoulder pain, struck out nine in just 4 1/3 innings but was victimized by some shoddy defense.
Darvish, a three-time All-Star, was making only his fourth start since missing all of 2015 following Tommy John surgery. He was lifted after 90 pitches when second baseman Rougned Odor dropped what could have been an inning-ending double play.
Boston's Eduardo Rodriguez again dominated New York after being called up from the minors, and the Red Sox won 5-2 against the Yankees.
Rodriguez held New York to one run over seven innings. He improved to 4-1 with a 2.01 ERA career against Boston's archrival.
His Venezuelan compatriot Sandy Leon hit only the third homer of his career with a three-run shot in the sixth inning to give the Red Sox a 5-1 lead. He has 13 RBIs in 20 games this season after getting just eight in 75 games for his career prior to that.
St. Louis' Adam Wainwright pitched a shutout to keep rolling in July and lead the Cardinals past Miami 5-0.
Wainwright didn't allow a hit until the sixth inning, and retired Miami's 2-3-4 hitters in order to end it.
He is 3-0 in three starts this month, allowing one run in 22 innings. The shutout was the 10th of his career and first for two years.
The Marlins had won their previous four games.
Seattle's Hisashi Iwakuma held Houston scoreless for seven innings as the Mariners won 1-0.
Iwakuma (10-6) won his fourth straight start to become the first Seattle pitcher to reach double-digit wins this season. He struck out eight and walked one.
Robinson Cano provided the only scoring with a RBI single in the sixth.
Oakland's Khris Davis homered twice to power the Athletics to a 5-4 win against Toronto.
Davis had his ninth career multi-homer game, three of which have come this season. The A's have homered six times in two games, three of them by Davis.
Ryon Healy, playing his second game in the majors, hit a homer for his first big-league hit.
Oakland starter Sonny Gray (4-8) was 0-7 with a 6.16 ERA over his previous 12 starts but took the win by allowing three runs in six innings.
Kansas City's Salvador Perez singled, doubled, scored a run and drew two of his team's seven walks as the Royals eased past Detroit 8-4.
Kansas City scored four runs in the first inning off Mike Pelfrey, who didn't make it out of the second. Every hitter bar one in the Royals' lineup scored exactly once.
Arizona's Jake Lamb drove in the tying run with a double in the ninth inning, and then scored the winner on Brandon Drury's single in the bottom of the 12th to give the Diamondbacks a 2-1 win against the Los Angeles Dodgers, ending a five-game losing sequence.
Philadelphia's Ryan Howard homered and Maikel Franco singled home the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning to lead the Phillies past the New York Mets 4-2.
Baltimore pitcher Chris Tillman became the second AL pitcher to reach 13 wins this season as he steered the Orioles past slumping Tampa Bay 2-1.
Minnesota's Joe Mauer dashed home with the winning run when Max Kepler's hit bounced off the pitcher's glove in the 11th inning to give the Twins a rain-delayed 5-4 win against Cleveland.
Los Angeles' Matt Shoemaker struck out a career-high 13 in his first complete game in the majors, pitching a shutout in the 1-0 win against the Chicago White Sox.
Colorado's Trevor Story led off the ninth inning with a single, advanced to third on two wild pitches and scored the go-ahead run on a throwing error as the Rockies edged bumbling Atlanta 4-3.
Milwaukee's Jonathan Lucroy hit a two-run homer to start a big third inning, and the Brewers rolled past Cincinnati 9-1.