LaRoche HR helps Nats take down Giants

Updated: August 13, 2013

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Adam LaRoche’s tie-breaking, two-run home
run in the sixth inning helped lift the Washington Nationals to a 4-2 win over
the San Francisco Giants in the opener of a three-game set at Nationals Park.

LaRoche ended 2-for-4 and Ian Desmond had three hits and scored two runs for
Washington, which has won four straight.

Joaquin Arias went 4-for-5 with two runs scored for the Giants, who have lost
two straight and seven of their last 10.

With the game tied 1-1 in the sixth, LaRoche blasted his decisive homer into
the seats in right. Desmond, who led off the inning with a single, scored
ahead of LaRoche for the two-run cushion, 3-1.

Guillermo Moscoso (1-1) surrendered the blast and as a result suffered the
loss. The reliever was charged with the two runs on two hits, with two walks
and two strikeouts in two innings.

The Giants did get a run back in the seventh when Hunter Pence singled home
Arias, but Washington countered in the eighth when Kurt Suzuki’s sacrifice
fly scored Jayson Werth.

Tanner Roark (2-0) got the win, tossing two innings of relief. He was charged
with one unearned run on three hits.

Rafael Soriano worked the ninth for his 30th save of the season.