MLB Game Summary - Washington at Kansas City|
(Friday, August 23rd)
Final Score: Washington 11, Kansas City 10
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - The Washington Nationals hammered the
Kansas City Royals for 11 runs but needed to survive a ninth-inning rally to
take an 11-10 triumph in the opener of a three-game series at Kauffman
The Nationals were up 11-7 entering the bottom of the ninth, but Drew Storen
walked Alex Gordon and allowed a double to right-center field by Eric Hosmer
before being replaced by Rafael Soriano.
Salvador Perez was next to bat and grounded out to score Gordon. Billy Butler
followed with a single and pinch-runner Jarrod Dyson stole second. Justin
Maxwell delivered a two-RBI base hit up the middle to cut the deficit to one.
However, Bryce Harper made an excellent diving catch on Emilio Bonifacio's fly
ball to right, corkscrewing against the ground, to get the second out. Soriano
finished the game and notched his 33rd save by getting Alcides Escobar to
fly out to left.
Washington reliever Tanner Roark (4-0) pitched 4 2/3 innings of one-hit ball
to pick up the win.
"He had really good stuff tonight," said Washington manager Davey Johnson
about Roark. "He's a major league pitcher and he made it look easy out there
Harper, one of six Nationals players to drive in run, led the barrage with
three RBI. Jayson Werth had a two-run home run while Denard Span, Ryan
Zimmerman, Tyler Moore and Anthony Rendon drove in a run apiece for
Washington, which saw every starting position player cross home plate.
The Nationals have won four straight and are sitting at .500 for the first
time since July 19.
Hosmer and Maxwell had three RBI apiece, while Gordon went 3-for-4 with an RBI
and four runs scored for the Royals, who have lost six straight games.
The Nationals were in an early 6-0 hole, but battered Royals starter Bruce
Chen (5-2) for eight runs over the third and fourth innings. In the third,
Rendon knocked a two-out single to left-center field and scored on Span's
triple to center.
"I felt good, you know, I had my pitches," said Chen. "But I can't say
anything much after that. We had six runs and I shouldn't have let that
An inning later, Washington erupted for seven runs. With one out and the bases
loaded, Rendon hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Wilson Ramos. Span was walked,
reloading the bases. Chen then walked Zimmerman, bringing Adam LaRoche home.
Harper hit a bases-clearing double and Chen was replaced by Louis Coleman.
After Harper stole second, Werth smashed a two-run shot to center to give
Washington an 8-6 lead.
Perez delivered an RBI single to center in the home half to bring Kansas City
within one, but Washington extended its lead even further in the seventh.
With the bases loaded, Moore hit an RBI single to left. Rendon followed with a
fielder's choice towards second baseman Chris Getz, who threw the ball away
trying to make a play at home, allowing Ramos and LaRoche to score.
The Royals scored three runs in each of the first two innings. Gordon started
the first with a double up the middle, followed by Hosmer's two-run homer.
Three batters later, Maxwell hit a solo shot to left-center.
In the second, Jamey Carroll and Gordon hit back-to-back doubles, the latter
of which drove in a run. Hosmer followed with an RBI single to center. Perez
reached first on an error by Ian Desmond and Butler scored Hosmer with a
single to right-center.
Washington starter Gio Gonzalez gave up seven runs -- six earned -- on nine
hits and three walks over 3 1/3 innings ... Desmond went 3-for-5 ... Harper
recorded his first RBI since August 6 ... Gordon is 8-for-20 with three
doubles and five runs scored over his last five games.
08/24 02:17:16 ET