SAN DIEGO (AP) — Tanner Roark pitched three-hit ball for eight innings and struck out a career-high 11, and Anthony Rendon hit a two-run homer Friday night to lead the Washington Nationals to a 6-0 victory against the floundering San Diego Padres.
The Nationals won their fourth straight and for the sixth time in seven games.
Roark (4-4) beat the Padres 4-0 at Washington on April 26th, throwing a three-hitter for his first career shutout. He struck out eight that game, his previous career-high.
The right-hander took a one-hitter into the eighth before Rene Rivera hit a leadoff single and pinch-hitter Tommy Medica had a one-out base hit.
San Diego has just 15 hits in five games. On Wednesday, Everth Cabrera bunted for a single in the first inning for San Diego’s only hit in a 3-2 victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Padres starter Tyson Ross (6-5) had a bad night. He walked Washington’s Denard Span to open the game and then allowed Rendon’s homer to left field, his ninth.
Ross was chased during a nightmarish four-run sixth inning in which he had a throwing error, wild pitch, walked two, hit a batter and allowed two hits. Ross allowed an RBI double to Wilson Ramos that bounced over the fence in right-center and then walked Ian Desmond to load the bases. Ross hit Danny Espinosa on the left knee to force in a run and Nate McClouth hit a two-run single to right to end Ross’ night.
Ross allowed six runs, five earned, on five hits in 5 1-3 innings. He struck out seven and walked three.
NOTES: The Padres placed 2B Jedd Gyorko on the 15-day disabled list with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, retroactive to Wednesday. Gyorko has struggled after signing a $35 million, six-year contract extension in April. He’s hitting just .162. Manager Bud Black says Gyorko had an anti-inflammatory shot, will use a walking boot and will wear a strap when he sleeps to keep the arch stretched out. … LHP Eric Stults was activated from the bereavement list. He’s scheduled to start Sunday. … The Padres will make two more roster moves Saturday, when RHP Andrew Cashner (2-5, 2.35) is due to be activated from the disabled list and start against the Nationals. He’s been out with a sore elbow. … The Nationals will counter Saturday night with Blake Treinen (0-2, 1.40).