Haren pitches Nats to 9-2 win
The day after being placed on waivers, Dan Haren (7-11) pitched a solid outing for the Washington Nationals to help lead the Nats to a 9-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. Haren tossed seven quality innings, allowing just 4 hits and 2 runs over 7 innings to earn his 7th win of the season. Haren has posted an ERA of 2.43 since returning from the disabled list.
Washington’s offense got off to a quick start in the second inning with two long balls. Anthony Rendon smacked a 2 run home run, his 6th of the season, to put the Nats up 2-0. Ryan Zimmerman followed with a solo shot to give the Nats an early 3-0 lead. It was Zim’s 13th of the season. Adam LaRoche added an RBI double to give the Nats a healthy 4-0 lead in the third inning, as Haren continued to cruise on the mound. LaRoche’s RBI double was the first of two hits on the night and extended his hitting streak to six consecutive games. LaRoche is 8 for 23 over that six game stretch.
Washington put up 4 more runs in the 5th inning to give the Nats an 8-0 lead. With two on in the fifth, Wilson Ramos doubled in Jayson Werth to make it 5-0. With the bases loaded, Haren used a good eye at the plate to walk in a run that scored LaRoche. Denard Span followed with a 2 run single to cap off the 4 run fifth inning. Bryce Harper capped off the 9 run onslaught with an RBI single in the 8th inning. Ian Desmond, Ramos, and LaRoche had two hit apiece.
Ryan Matthues and Ian Krol each pitched scoreless innings. Unfortunately for the Nats, the Atlanta Braves coasted to a win, keeping the Nats 15 games out of first place.
* Bryce Harper extended his current hitting streak to THREE games.
* Adam LaRoche extended his hitting streak to SIX straight games.
* Dan Haren won his THIRD straight game.