Nationals' Tanner Roark finally beats Marlins, 4-1
MIAMI (AP) Tanner Roark finally beat the team that kept beating him, pitching 6 2/3 innings to help the Washington Nationals past Miami 4-1 on Friday night.
Roark (3-3) came into the game 0-3 in three starts versus the Marlins this season with an ERA of 8.40. Against the rest of the majors he's 2-0 in five starts with an ERA of 0.79.
Ryan Zimmerman and Michael Taylor homered to help the Nationals score all their runs in the second inning.
Marcell Ozuna hit his eighth home run for Miami, but Roark had no trouble with slumping slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who finished 0 for 4 with three strikeouts, dropping his average to .214. He has struck out 12 times in the past four games.
Miami has totaled four runs during a three-game losing streak.
Justin Nicolino (2-2) went 5 1/3 innings and has lost all three career starts against Washington. He was hit hard early, but after giving up the two homers retired 10 straight.
The Nationals arrived in Miami from New York at 4 a.m. but still managed to get off to a fast start. Zimmerman led off the second inning with his fifth homer. Anthony Rendon and Wilson Ramos hit back-to-back doubles, and Taylor hit a two-run homer, his fourth.
Before the game, Nationals manager Dusty Baker said he hadn't been tempted to juggle his rotation so Roark wouldn't face Miami again.
''It's too early to start running from people,'' Baker said.
Roark validated Baker's confidence. He retired the side in order only once but pitched around six hits and two walks.
Shawn Kelley pitched a scoreless eighth and hasn't allowed a run in 15 innings this year. Jonathan Papelbon followed in the ninth for his 12th save.
The Nationals' Daniel Murphy, who came into the game leading the majors in batting, went 0 for 4 to drop his average to .387. Teammate Bryce Harper doubled and was intentionally walked.
Before the game, the Marlins activated RHP Edwin Jackson, who had been on the DL since April 19 with a strained right triceps.
Marlins: LHP Mike Dunn (forearm) is scheduled to pitch a simulated game Saturday at Marlins Park, and remains on schedule to return by early June.
RHP Jose Fernandez (5-2, 3.21) tries to improve to 21-1 at Marlins Park when he pitches Saturday for Miami against RHP Joe Ross (3-3, 2.63).