MLB Game Summary - Detroit at Washington|
(Thursday, May 9th)
Final Score: Washington 5, Detroit 4
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Adam LaRoche and Ryan Zimmerman each
recorded multiple hits and drove in a run as the Washington Nationals
completed a two-game interleague sweep with a 5-4 victory over Detroit on
Bryce Harper and Ian Desmond also supplied an RBI apiece for the Nationals,
who have won four straight and six of seven. Starter Dan Haren (4-3) allowed
four runs on nine hits and struck out three over six innings.
"We've come a long way in a week," Haren said, "and we're still not at full
Matt Tuiasosopo hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning for Detroit, which
saw starter Doug Fister (4-1) pick up his first loss of the season. The right-
hander drove in the Tigers' other run with an RBI single, but lasted just
three frames and allowed eight hits and five runs -- four earned -- while
striking out four in defeat.
Detroit dropped both games of this series following a four-game sweep of
"I thought the last two games were really good games," Detroit catcher Alex
Avila said. "It'll be interesting to see how the rest of the season goes for
the both of us."
Trailing 5-1 entering the top of the sixth, Detroit rallied with Tuiasosopo's
pinch-hit three-run jack.
Haren opened up the inning by generating two quick outs, in between issuing a
walk to Jhonny Peralta, and Omar Infante kept the frame alive with a
bunt single. Tuiasosopo, though, pinch-hit for reliever Darin Downs and
crushed Haren's 2-1 offering over the left field wall to cut the Tigers'
deficit to 5-4.
"That lineup is ridiculous," added Haren. "I was able to kind of handle the
top end, but Infante has always been a really tough out for me. I made one
kind of bad mistake to Tuiasosopo."
Rafael Soriano added to Washington's solid bullpen performance by working
around a two-out single in the ninth to earn his 12th save of the season.
The Nationals jumped on Fister early and plated three runs in the first.
Denard Span and Roger Bernadina opened up the game with a double and single,
respectively, and Harper grounded into a fielder's choice to plate the first
Zimmerman followed with a poke to left, moving Harper to second, and LaRoche
smacked a single up the middle, though Austin Jackson's fielding error in
center allowed Harper to score and gave the Nats a 2-0 edge. Desmond returned
the favor and made it 3-0 with another single up the middle, plating Zimmerman
to finish the scoring.
In the second, Fister helped his own cause with an RBI single to center,
bringing home Peralta to put the Tigers on the board. It also broke an 0-
for-29 slump from Detroit pitchers.
Washington poured on two more runs in the bottom of the frame. Fister plunked
Span with one out and then issued a walk to Bernadina. The right-hander looked
to settle down as he struck out Harper, but then gave up back-to-back two-out
RBI singles by Zimmerman and LaRoche, which gave the home team a 5-1 lead.
The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but the contest was postponed
due to rain ... Fister's RBI single was the first for a Tigers pitcher since
2009 ... Haren, who allowed more than three earned runs for the first time
since his debut on April 5, is 4-0 in five starts versus Detroit since 2008
... The Nationals improved to 13-0 this season when scoring five or more runs.
05/10 01:50:37 ET