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
out to right, corkscrewing against the ground, to get the second out. Soriano
finished the game by getting Alcides Escobar to fly out to left and notched
his 33rd save.
Washington reliever Tanner Roark (4-0) pitched 4 2/3 innings of one-hit ball
to pick up the win.
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.
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