After being denied a win in his last start, former Illini pitcher Tanner Roark was able to notch his third win of the season on Saturday as the Washington Nationals beat the New York Mets, 5-2.
Behind the strong start from Roark, the National bats came alive right from the first inning. Washington scored three runs in the first and two runs in the third in order to jump out to a 5-0 lead.
New York broke through against Roark in the fifth as they scored two runs. These were the Mets’ first runs since May 13th as they were shutout by the Yankees in the last two games of the Subway Series.
With two on in the top of the ninth, the Mets had a chance to tie the game with Daniel Murphy at the plate. However, Murphy would hit a deep fly ball to Jason Werth in right to end the game.
Roark lasted 5.0 innings on Saturday where he gave up two runs on four hits and struck out four New York batters. He is now 3-1 on the season and has an overall ERA of 3.65.
Tanner Roark is scheduled to make his next start for the Washington Nationals on Wednesday, May 21st against the Cincinnati Reds.