Former Illinois Fighting Illini pitcher Tanner Roark picked up his twelfth win of the 2014 season as the Washington Nationals defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates, 5-4, on Friday.
Roark lasted 5.2 innings giving up just three runs on five hits and struck out four Pirate batters. He threw a total of 107 pitches in the game.
The National bats came alive in the first inning, as they put three runs up on the scoreboard.
The Nats would increase their lead to 5-0 with two more runs in the third.
Pittsburgh was unable to get Roark until the fourth inning.
Starling Marte got the action started for the Pirates with a two-run homer, then Pedro Alvarez drove in another run on an RBI single.
With the 5-4 victory, Washington was able to remain six games ahead of the Braves in the National League West divisional playoff race.
So far this season, Tanner Roark is 12-7 in his 24 starts for the Washington Nationals. He has given up 51 runs (50 earned) on 134 hits, struck out 116 batters, walked 35 batters, and currently holds a 2.93 ERA.
Tanner Roark is scheduled to make his next start for the Washington Nationals on Wednesday, August 20th against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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