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MLB: Washington 4, Atlanta 0 (2nd game)

Sept. 17, 2013 at 10:12 PM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Tanner Roark allowed just two hits over seven shutout innings Tuesday and the Washington Nationals blanked Atlanta 4-0 to complete a doubleheader sweep.

Roark (7-0) yielded one walk and struck out six in the stellar performance, becoming the first Nationals pitcher to reach 7-0 since Tyler Clippard started the 2010 season 6-0 out of the bullpen.

He retired 13 batters in a row to finish his start as the Nats followed up a 6-5 win in the day's first game, which was rescheduled from Monday in the wake of a shooting rampage at the nearby Washington Navy Yard in which 13 people died.

Ryan Zimmerman went 2-for-4 with a solo homer while Ian Desmond also provided two hits and an RBI in the win -- Washington's 21st in 27 games.

Denard Span extended his MLB-best hitting streak to 28 games for the Nationals.

Atlanta's Freddy Garcia (1-2) was hung with the loss despite surrendering just one run on seven hits over seven innings

The National League East-leading Braves' magic number to clinch the division crown remained at four.

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