MLB Game Summary - Washington at Kansas City|
(Saturday, August 24th)
Final Score: Washington 7, Kansas City 2
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Jordan Zimmermann threw 7 2/3 solid innings
and the Washington Nationals won their fifth straight game with a 7-2
victory over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday.
Zimmermann (15-7) fanned seven and gave up two runs on eight hits in the
second test of this three-game series. This came after surrendering eight
runs, including three home runs, over five frames against the Cubs on Monday.
Ian Desmond had a two-run home run. Chad Tracy also drove in two runs while
Tyler Moore, Wilson Ramos and Bryce Harper had an RBI apiece for the
Nationals, whose offense has been red-hot as of late. They have scored 38 runs
over their winning streak.
"We're getting a lot of runs and we're pitching a little bit better,"
Wade Davis (6-10) gave up all seven runs on eight hits and three walks over
six innings for the Royals, who have lost seven in a row.
"I'm not going to figure it out. What's going to happen is we're going to get
some hits and we're going to win a game and then we're going to come back and
we're going to get on a roll again," Royals manager Ned Yost said.
The Nationals got on the board immediately. Denard Span, Ryan Zimmerman and
Harper hit consecutive singles, the last of which drove in a run, to start the
In the third, Alcides Escobar led off with a single. After Alex Gordon flew
out, Emilio Bonifacio and Eric Hosmer hit back-to-back singles, with Hosmer
scoring Escobar, to tie the game at 1-1.
Washington retook the lead in the fourth. Zimmerman walked to begin the frame
and Harper singled to right, before Ramos plated Zimmerman with a sacrifice
Later in the inning, Moore knocked a two-out RBI double to left and Tracy
drove in two with a base hit to left-center.
Desmond extended the Nationals lead with a two-run shot in the sixth.
Meanwhile, the Royals struggled to get runs across. They had an opportunity in
the fourth, putting runners in scoring position with two outs, but Escobar
grounded out to end the inning. They were retired in short order over the next
three innings, before finally scoring in the eighth.
Bonifacio drew a one-out walk and Billy Butler hit a two-out infield single.
Zimmermann was replaced by Fernando Abad, who gave up an RBI single to Mike
Moustakas. He then walked Justin Maxwell to load the bases, but ended the
rally by striking out David Lough.
Tyler Clippard finished the game with a 1-2-3 ninth.
Tracy recorded his first multi-RBI game since May 5, 2012 ... Ramos has eight
RBI over his last 11 games ... Span has hit safely in eight straight and 13 of
his last 15 contests ... Royals reliever Luke Hochevar threw three perfect
innings. It was his longest appearance since May 13, when he pitched three
innings against the Angels ... The Royals are 33-33 at home ... Washington's
Dan Haren is scheduled to face Kansas City's Ervin Santana in Sunday's series
08/25 00:55:48 ET