Harper, LaRoche, Nats Top Pirates, 4th Win In Row

CBS Pittsburgh

By HARVEY VALENTINE
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) 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.

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.

The first five Nationals hitters of the game reached base. Morton caught a break when Span was thrown out trying to steal third…

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