Detwiler, LaRoche give Nationals 1st winning year

Detwiler, LaRoche give Nationals 1st winning year
Updated 05 September 2012

Detwiler, LaRoche give Nationals 1st winning year

Detwiler, LaRoche give Nationals 1st winning year

WASHINGTON: The Nationals have their first ever winning season after Ross Detwiler allowed just four hits in seven shutout innings and Adam LaRoche homered to give Washington a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs.
The National League East-leading Nationals improved to 82 wins and 52 losses. The club moved from Montreal to Washington for the 2005 season and went 81-81 that year. In 2008 and 2009, the team lost a combined 205 games, then finished 80-81 in 2011.
The Nationals’ win allowed them to hold their 6 1/2-game division lead over Atlanta.
Detwiler (9-6) struck out three and walked three, allowing only one runner to reach third.
Jeff Samardzija (8-13) gave up a long home run to LaRoche to lead off the second.
Baltimore cut its American League East deficit to just one game as Joe Saunders and three relievers combined on a three-hitter in the Orioles 4-0 shutout of the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Orioles, who took two of three at Yankee Stadium over the weekend, moved even closer to New York. The Yankees lost 4-3 at Tampa Bay.
J.J. Hardy drove in two runs at Toronto as the Orioles won for the eighth time in 10 games. Their one-game gap marks the closest anyone has been to the Yankees since mid-June.
James Shields pitched eight strong innings to outlast CC Sabathia and light-hitting Chris Gimenez drove in two runs to help the Rays beat the Yankees.
Shields (13-8) and the Rays ruined the return of Alex Rodriguez. The slugger went 1 for 4 with a strikeout in his first game after being sidelined six weeks with a broken left hand.
In the NL, Jimmy Rollins hit a three-run homer off Johnny Cueto during a cloudburst that sent fans scurrying for cover, leading the Philadelphia Phillies past the Cincinnati Reds 4-2.
John Mayberry Jr. added a solo homer off Cueto (17-7), who failed in his attempt to become the majors’ first 18-game winner. Cueto also lost a day game for the first time this season — he’d been 11-0 in 13 afternoon starts.
Rookie right-hander Tyler Cloyd (1-1) got his first major league hit and win. He singled ahead of Rollins’ homer to extend the inning. The 25-year-old gave up four hits, including Jay Bruce’s 30th homer, and struck out nine in seven innings.
In other NL games, the San Francisco Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-8, the Houston Astros downed the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-1, the St. Louis Cardinals snuck past the New York Mets 5-4, the Atlanta Braves defeated the Colorado Rockies 6-1, the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 4-3 over 11 innings and the Miami Marlins ended a four-game losing streak with a 7-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.
In the AL, the Cleveland Indians edged the Detroit Tigers 3-2, the Texas Rangers downed the Kansas City Rangers 8-4, the Los Angeles Angels trounced the Oakland Athletics 8-3, the Seattle Mariners beat the Boston Red Sox 4-1 and the Chicago White Sox overcame the Minnesota Twins.