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WASHINGTON — The Washington Nationals need starting pitchers over Max Scherzer to surpass if they’re going to make a run during a Phillies and Braves in a NL East.

Count Tanner Roark in.

Matt Wieters homered to behind Roark, who went 7 innings to win his third true start, and a Nationals degraded a Cincinnati Reds 2-1 on Sunday.

The Nationals took 3 of 4 from a Reds and have won 8 of 11 altogether with a second-place Braves entrance to city for a four-game array commencement Tuesday.

“They’re fighting, they’re hitting, they’re pitching. They’re doing all right,” Washington manager Dave Martinez pronounced of his team. “So, let’s keep it going.”

Roark (6-12) authorised a run on 7 singles and got a good acclaim when he done a diving stop on Billy Hamilton’s comebacker to finish a seventh.

Leading 2-0, Roark authorised 4 true singles to open a fourth with Mason William’s strike pulling a Reds within 2-1. Roark afterwards late Tucker Barnhart on a cocktail to short, struck out Brandon Dixon and got Castillo on a fly to right.

“It’s easy to get in your possess conduct in that spot,” Roark said. “You’ve only got to continue to grub and make your pitches and not give in.”

In his final 3 outings, Roark has authorised dual warranted runs in 22 innings (0.82 ERA) with 20 strikeouts and a travel after going some-more than a month-and-a-half though a win.

“He’s really got certainty right now,” Martinez said. “For him, doing what he’s doing right now, we need that.”

Bryce Harper had dual hits including an RBI double and is batting .367 given a All-Star break.

Kelvin Herrera worked a ninth for his third Washington save.

There was no carryover from Saturday night’s diversion — in that Harper and Joey Votto were strike by pitches — until a seventh when Michael Lorenzen’s fastball sailed behind Washington’s Adam Eaton with dual outs and Eaton glared during a mound.

Harper started in core Sunday while Votto did not start though was called out on strikes as a splash hitter to finish a game.

Cincinnati’s Luis Castillo (6-9) authorised dual runs on 6 hits in 5 1/3 innings.

The Braves managed only one strike opposite Roark after a fourth.

“He’s not floating we divided a approach Scherzer can,” Reds manager Jim Riggleman said, “but he’s only a man who knows what he’s doing out there and keeps blending it adult and had us off change utterly a bit during a day.

Wieters done it 1-0 in a second inning when he sent a 2-0 Castillo fastball into a second rug in right and Harper’s third-inning double done it 2-0.


Votto, visibly indignant after removing strike by Ryan Madson, didn’t pronounce with reporters following Saturday’s game. Asked Sunday morning if Madson’s representation that strike him was intentional, he responded: “I have no idea. My greeting kind of falls in line with that. we reacted. we had no thought during a time when we reacted, and we still don’t, now.”


Reds: Riggleman pronounced Votto’s deficiency Sunday was not due to removing hit. “Just fundamentally normal aches and pains,” he said. “It’s low into a deteriorate and 3 games in dual days, day diversion after night game, only kind of during a indicate today, this would be a day off.” Votto demurred: “I wish to play each day. I’d like to play each inning of each diversion all year long.”

Nationals: SS Trea Turner (0 for 9 in Saturday’s doubleheader) was not in in a starting lineup for only a fourth time this season. He was intentionally walked as a splash hitter in a eighth.


Reds: RHP Homer Bailey (1-8, 5.87) pitches a opener of a three-game array opposite a Mets Monday in New York. He’s 1-5 with a 7.22 ERA in 7 starts contra New York.

Nationals: RHP Jefry Rodriguez (0-1, 6.86) and RHP Max Scherzer (15-5, 2.33) will representation in a day-night double-header that opens a four-game array opposite a visiting Braves.

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