Despite loss, Roark a model of consistency

Despite loss, Roark a model of consistency

MIAMI -- Nationals manager Dusty Baker often calls right-hander Tanner Roark his workhorse, and Tuesday was no different in a 1-0 loss to the Marlins at Marlins Park.

Roark pitched seven innings for the 12th time this season and crossed the 200 innings threshold for the first time in his career. While he went deep and reached a milestone, Roark was not happy the Nationals lost to right-hander Jose Fernandez, who pitched eight shutout innings for his 16th win of the season.

"It a shame we had two good pitchers [out there]. I wish we would have gotten [Tanner] a win," teammate Stephen Drew said.

Drew's double to right

Roark's only blemish was Giancarlo Stanton's solo home run in the sixth inning. It marked Stanton's 28th career homer against Washington. The ball had an exit velocity of 100 mph, and the ball traveled a projected 374 feet to right field, according to Statcast™.

"It's good and all, but we lost," Roark said after reaching his personal milestones. "I'm pretty mad about that. The only thing that matters is winning and losing. Tonight, we lost. Stanton hit a pretty good pitch. It was a fastball down and away. He got it. Hats off to him."

After the game, Baker couldn't help but remember the conversation he had with Roark during Spring Training. Roark was coming off his worst season while pitching out of the bullpen.

Roark told Baker he wanted to start. In turn, Baker said he would give Roark every chance to be in the rotation this season, and Roark has not been a disappointment. Roark is second on the team in victories with 15.

"He has been nothing but consistent," Baker said. "He has a low ERA. Boy, he has been outstanding. … He has taken it and run with it."

Bill Ladson has covered the Nationals/Expos for MLB.com since 2002 and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.