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Saturday, May 10th (All times Eastern)
Washington Nationals (19-16) at Oakland Athletics (21-15), 9:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Washington - Tanner Roark (2-1, 4.17) Oakland - Sonny Gray (4-1, 1.91)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Sonny Gray and Tanner Roark both responded differently after throwing shutouts to cap their respective Aprils.
The two hurlers square off on Saturday evening as Gray's Oakland Athletics shoot for a series victory over the Washington Nationals in the second contest of a three-game set.
The 24-year-old Gray threw the first shutout of his career with a 4-0 win over Texas on April 28, scattering three hits and a walk with six strikeouts. He then followed up with a no-decision at Boston on Sunday, though the righty allowed just two runs on six hits and two walks over six innings.
That outing kept Gray's streak of having not allowed more than three runs in any of his seven starts this season intact and he is 4-1 with a 1.91 earned run average.
Roark, meanwhile, recently hurled back-to-back scoreless outings, a span capped with a three-hit shutout of San Diego on April 26. However, the 27- year-old righty was then tagged for seven runs over just four innings of a loss to Philadelphia last Saturday.
It was his first loss of the season, moving Roark to 2-1 on the season while pushing his ERA up from 2.76 to 4.17.
"Last time out, Tanner was great. This time, not so much," Nationals manager Matt Williams said. "Everything was flat. The sinker wasn't sinking (and) the breaking ball was up in the zone."
Roark will try to even this series after Oakland notched an 8-0 victory in Friday's opener. Former Nat Tommy Milone hurled eight scoreless innings of two-hit ball, striking out seven to help the Athletics to their second straight win following a 1-5 rut.
Milone was dealt to Oakland in the Gio Gonzalez trade in 2011.
"He got off to a roll," said A's manager Bob Melvin of Milone. "It was definitely his best game of the season, but he is capable of that."
Brandon Moss homered and drove in three runs in the victory, while John Jaso and Yoenis Cespedes added solo shots.
Doug Fister made his season debut for the Nationals after straining his lat muscle during spring training and the right-hander tossed 4 1/3 innings. Fister surrendered seven runs -- five earned -- on nine hits with two strikeouts.
"I think he'll be much better next time out," Williams said of Fister. "You take the positives out of it. He felt good, his arm felt good. Everything was fine."
Scott Hairston collected two of Washington's three hits in the setback as the club lost for the fourth time in six games.
These teams have not met since Washington swept a three-game set at home in 2005.
05/10 11:02:54 ET
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