WASHINGTON - Bryce Harper and Adam LaRoche each drove in two runs, leading the Washington Nationals over the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4 Friday night for their fourth straight win.
Denard Span added three hits as the NL-East leading Nationals opened a 10-game homestand.
Tanner Roark (12-7) gave up three runs on five hits over 5 2-3 innings. He struck out four and walked two.
AT?THE?PLATE — Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos attempts to make a play as Pirates runner Travis Snider is running towards home plate. Snider scored, but the Pirates fell to the Nationals in?Washington, 5-4, on Friday.
Rafael Soriano allowed three hits in the ninth, including Pedro Alvarez's RBI single, but held on for his 29th save.
Starling Marte hit a two-run homer and singled for the Pirates, who have lost three straight.
Charlie Morton (5-12) lasted just three innings in his shortest start of the season, allowing five runs on seven hits and three walks.
Nationals 5, Pirates 4
a-grounded out for Morton in the 4th. b-grounded into a fielder's choice for I.Davis in the 6th. c-flied out for Blevins in the 6th. d-bunted out for Ju.Wilson in the 7th. e-struck out for Clippard in the 8th. f-singled for Axford in the 9th.
1-ran for P.Alvarez in the 9th.
LOB-Pittsburgh 6, Washington 7. 2B-N.Walker (16), P.Alvarez (13), Span (33). HR-S.Marte (6), off Roark. RBIs-S.Marte 2 (39), P.Alvarez 2 (51), LaRoche 2 (64), Harper 2 (23), W.Ramos (29). SB-G.Polanco (12), Span 2 (25). CS-Span (4).
Runners left in scoring position-Pittsburgh 3 (N.Walker, Nix, J.Harrison); Washington 5 (W.Ramos, M.Taylor 2, LaRoche, Rendon). RISP-Pittsburgh 2 for 7; Washington 4 for 14.
Runners moved up-R.Martin, Snider, G.Sanchez. GIDP-W.Ramos 2.
DP-Pittsburgh 2 (N.Walker, I.Davis), (P.Alvarez, I.Davis).
Morton L, 5-12375533643.84
Roark W, 12-752-3533241072.93
Blevins H, 71-30000024.98
Storen H, 1610000191.60
Clippard H, 28100001101.53
R.Soriano S, 29-33131100192.05
Inherited runners-scored-Blevins 1-0.
Umpires-Home, Tom Woodring; First, Mark Wegner; Second, Andy Fletcher; Third, Mike Muchlinski.
T-3:05. A-36,945 (41,408).
The first five Nationals hitters of the game reached base. Morton caught a break when Span was thrown out trying to steal third, but LaRoche's single made it 1-0.
With bases loaded, Harper fouled a 2-2 pitch off his right foot and needed a several moments to recover. He stepped in and eventually lined a 3-2 pitch to right-center field for a two-run single, making it 3-0.
Harper finished with two hits. Off to a slower-than-usual start this year, he homered twice this week during a three-game sweep of the Mets in New York.
LaRoche and Wilson Ramos singled home runs in the third to make it 5-0.
The Pirates got to Roark in the fourth. Neil Walker doubled and Marte connected for his sixth homer. Alvarez then doubled home a run with two outs to pull Pittsburgh within 5-3.
Pirates: RHP Stolmy Pimentel (right ankle sprain) was placed on the 15-day disabled list. ... SS Jordy Mercer, who left Thursday's game with right forearm tightness, wasn't in the lineup. Mercer, who had started 49 straight games, grounded out as a pinch-hitter. ... Walker, who had missed 11 of the last 12 games with back tightness, started and went 1 for 4.
Nationals: RF Jayson Werth (right shoulder) missed his fourth straight game. Manager Matt Williams said Werth was available to pinch-hit and could return to the lineup Saturday, or more likely Sunday. OF Nate McLouth (right shoulder inflammation) is going to get a second opinion on his ailing shoulder. "It's not responding as well as he'd like it to respond," Williams said.
Pirates: LHP Jeff Locke (4-3, 3.98) makes his second career start against the Nationals. He allowed three earned runs in five innings of a no-decision on May 4, 2013, at PNC Park.
Nationals: LHP Gio Gonzalez (6-9, 4.00) is 2-0 with a 3.28 ERA in four career starts against the Pirates. His teams (Nationals 3-0, A's 1-0) are undefeated in those games.