By The Associated Press
2014-04-27 09:01 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- 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.
PIRATES 6, CARDINALS 1
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Gaby Sanchez had two RBIs in a four-run fourth inning and Pittsburgh's bullpen worked seven strong innings after starter Francisco Liriano left with flu-like symptoms and dizziness in a victory over St. Louis.
Matt Holliday had an RBI double for the Cardinals, who have mustered five runs in their last six games. They got three hits and a run in seven innings off five Pittsburgh relievers.
Yadier Molina was a bust on his jersey giveaway day, striking out with the bases loaded to end the third against Stolmy Pimentel (2-0) and popping out with runners on second and third to end the fifth against Jared Hughes. He entered batting .431 during a 15-game hitting streak.
Andrew McCutchen and Jose Tabata each added an RBI off Tyler Lyons (0-2) in the fourth, with the first four runners reaching safely after the lefty opened with three perfect innings. Tabata totaled three hits and is a career .345 hitter at Busch Stadium.
GIANTS 5, INDIANS 3
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- 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.