Tanner Roark gave up sixteen hits and nine runs total, seven earned over 10 innings pitched in his two starts against the Miami Marlins this season before tonight's outing in the nightcap of the doubleheader with Washington's NL East rivals in Nationals Park. Roark dropped both of those starts, leaving him (2-6) in 14 games and eight career starts vs Miami in his career, over which he had a 3.88 ERA and a .275/.326/.401 line against in 53 ⅓ IP.
Since the second loss to the Fish this season, however, Roark had a 0.99 ERA in four starts and 27 ⅓ innings, over which he'd held opposing hitters to a .149/.231/.170 line.
Tonight in the nation's capital, Roark fell behind early when Marcell Ozuna tripled to start the second and scored on an RBI single to center by Miguel Rojas, 1-0. Rojas then scored on a double to right by Derek Dietrich, 2-0.
After the Nationals failed to take advantage of a bases-loaded, one out opportunity in the second, Justin Bour hit a two-out solo shot to center off Roark to put the Fish up 3-0 after two and a half.
Marlins' starter Kendry Flores, 24, was called up from Triple-A to start in the second game of the doubleheader, and he threw three scoreless on 59 pitches before he was lifted with a right shoulder strain.
• Kendry Flores' Line: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 59 P, 30 S, 1/3 GO/FO.
Matt den Dekker took a slider in the shoulder and went first to third on a Chris Heisey single before scoring on a sac fly to left by Stephen Drew that got the Nationals on the board, down 3-1 to the Fish.
Roark got into trouble again in the top of the fifth, loading the bases with no one out, but he almost escaped the jam, retiring Giancarlo Stanton and Justin Bour before Marcell Ozuna hit a two-out, two-run single to center to make it 5-1, and J.T. Realmuto drove in two more with another single to center that made it 7-1.
• Tanner Roark's Line: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 5 Ks, 114 P, 67 S, 5/1 GO/FO.
Sammy Solis tossed three scoreless on 43 pitches in relief of Roark, keeping it 7-1 through seven and a half. Oliver Perez worked into and out of trouble in a scoreless ninth, but the Marlins took the nightcap, 7-1 final.
Nationals now 23-14
• NATS NOTES:
- Last night's game marked the third time this season the Nationals have gotten three or more home runs in a game.
- Washington got two pinch hit home runs last night for the first time in franchise history (2005-present).
- Miami has played 44 doubleheaders in their history, sweeping seven, getting swept in ten and splitting them 27 times.
- Miami and Washington have played three doubleheaders since 2005, all three in D.C. with the divisional rivals splitting all three doubleheaders. The Nationals took Game 1 of 2 today, 6-4.
- The Nationals' six pinch hit home runs are the second-most in the majors thus far this season, behind only the St. Louis Cardinals' seven homers.
- Bryce Harper currently leads the majors with 38 walks and the NL in intentional walks (11) and after last night's blast, he's tied for second in the NL with 11 HRs. He took No. 38 of 2016 in his first plate appearance of the day and took No. 39, his 12th intentional, late in the game.
- In today's Nationals-themed "Fun with Arbitrary End Points" segment, with the win this afternoon, Washington improved to 51-32 against the NL East rivals... since the Florida Marlins became the Miami Marlins in 2012.
- Jonathan Papelbon's save last night left him alone in 10th place on the All-Time saves list, eight saves behind Jeff Reardon (367) for ninth place. He earned another save this afternoon for 11 on the season.
- Daniel Murphy currently leads the majors with 18 multi-hit games in his first 34 games and he's hit safely in 29 of his first 34 games with the Nationals this season.
- Murphy started play today leading the majors with a .405 AVG.
- Marcell Ozuna started the nightcap of today's doubleheader with a 13-game hit streak going, over which he's gone 22 for 51 (.431 AVG) with four home runs and eight RBIs, taking him from a .218 to a .302 AVG. He extended it to 13 games with a single in the sixth.
Nationals now 23-14