The Pittsburgh Pirates dismantled the Washington Nationals’ pitching in a 10-4 victory on Thursday afternoon to win the series in PNC Park.
Nationals’ pitcher Tanner Roark didn’t have a outing to remember as he gave up seven runs in five innings of work.
Tyler Glasnow took the mound for the Pirates and gave up four runs (two earned), four walks, and three hits, while striking out six batters in five innings.
Left fielder Adam Frazier was the bright spot in the Pirates’ lineup, going 3-5 with 4 RBIs.
Josh Bell, who went 1-3, hit a two-run home run in the first inning to get the Pirates on the board first. John Jaso also went 1-3 with a home run and two runs batted in.
Nationals’ Daniel Murphy hit a solo home run in the second inning to cut the deficit to 2-1.
When the Nationals trailed 4-1 in the fourth, Adam Lind hit a RBI double to make it a two-run game. The Nationals managed tied the game after a throwing error Glasnow.
After that point, the Pirates exploded for six consecutive runs.
Nationals now 25-15
Here’s how it happened:
- Tyler Glasnow struck out Brian Goodwin and Bryce Harper in back-to-back ABs to end the top half of the first inning.
- Pirates’ left field Adam Frazier swung at the first pitch he saw and hit a single to right field. Tanner Roark threw a fastball high and away to strike out Josh Harrison. Trea Turner added another play to his defensive highlight reel as he dove for a ground ball and threw out Andrew McCutchen at first. Frazier advanced to second base.
- Roark was called for a balk, which sent Frazier to third base. Bell put the Pirates on the board as he belted a two-run home run to right field.
- Glasnow retired his fourth consecutive batter when Anthony Rendon hit a groundout to kick of the second inning. Murphy hit his seventh home run of the season to cut the Pirates lead to 2-1.
- Glasnow walked Adam Lind and Michael A. Taylor to put runners on first and second with two outs. Glasnow struck out Roark to get out of trouble.
- Jordy Mercer hit a 2-2 changeup to left field for an out. Second baseman Alen Hanson singled to right field, before Chris Stewart flied out. Glasnow kept the second inning alive by hitting a single up the middle, but Roark got Frazier to fly out the left field to end the inning.
- Roark got into some trouble when he gave up a leadoff walk to Harrison and McCutchen singled to center field to put runners on first and second with no outs. Bell walked to load the bases, and Roark walked Jaso to force in a run, 3-1 Pirates in the bottom of the third.
- Mercer grounded into a force out, which allowed McCutchen to come home and the Pirates went up 4-1. Roark got out of the inning by getting Hanson and Stewart to fly out.
- Adam Lind belted a double to right-center field to score Rendon and send Wieters to third. Nationals down 4-2 in the fourth.
- Roark reached first on a throwing error by Glasnow, which sent Wieters and Lind home. Game tied at 4-4. Turner hit a fly ball to right field to end the top half of the fourth inning.
- Roark bounced back in the fourth inning as he gave out no hits and recorded two strikeouts.
- Glasnow struck out Harper for his sixth strikeout on the day. Rendon grounded out to third to end the top of the fifth.
- Jaso hit a two-out solo home run to give the Pirates a 5-4 advantage. The fifth inning continued thanks to an infield single by Mercer. Hanson launched a fly ball to right that was caught by Harper.
- The Pirates made a pitching change as Wade LeBlanc came in for Glasnow to pitch the top of the sixth inning.
- Tyler Glasnow’s line: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 5/3 GO/FO
- Wieters grounded into a double play after Murphy hit a single to right. Lind belted a flyout to center.
- Roark gave up his eighth hit of the game when Stewart singled to center in the bottom of the sixth inning. Roark walked Gift Ngoepe before Dusty Baker walked out of the dugout to make a pitching change. Roark threw 114 pitches.
- Tanner Roark’s line: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 7 ER, 4 BB, 3 SO, 5/4 GO/FO.
- Blake Treinen took the mound for the Nationals.
- Frazier hit a two-run triple to put the Pirates up, 7-4. Harrison hit a sacrifice fly to score Frazier. Pirates took a four-run advantage.
- McCutchen hit a double to the left field corner, which forced Baker to make another pitching change.
- Enny Romero came in to get the final two outs of the sixth inning.
- Ryan Zimmerman hit a double off the right field scoreboard to put runners on second and third with no outs. LeBlanc responded by striking out Turner.
- Chris Heisey hits a grounder to third, which put Michael A. Taylor in a run down between third and home. Taylor was tagged out at third.
- The Pirates brought Felipe Rivero out of the bullpen to get the final out of the seventh inning. The Nationals have runners at the corners.
- Rivero struck out Harper with a 99 MPH fastball to send the game into the seventh inning stretch.
- Mercer walked then was picked off going to second base. Danny Ortiz hit a single to record his first Major League hit.
- Stewart hit a single, but an error on Murphy put runners on second and third with one out. Frazier hit a two-run single then Harrison fouled out. Pirates lead, 10-4.
- Rendon got things going in the top of the eighth inning with a four-pitch walk. Murphy struck out swinging followed by Wieters flying out to left.
- Shawn Kelley came in to pitch the bottom of the eighth for the Nationals. Wilmer Difo replaced Murphy at second base.
- Kelley got through the eighth with ease.
- Daniel Hudson closed things out. Pirates win, 10-4.
Nationals now 25-15