Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Fister sharp

CINCINNATI, Ohio—The slumping Cincinnati Reds were no match for a record-setting Doug Fister.
He took advantage of facing the Reds to extend the best season-opening start by any Washington pitcher in a 4-2 Nationals’ win yesterday.

Fister (10-2) allowed just three hits with one walk and five strikeouts in seven shutout innings to reach 10 wins in 14 starts—one fewer than any previous Washington pitcher.
Gio Gonzalez reached 10 wins in 15 starts in 2012 while Jordan Zimmermann duplicated him last season.
Adam LaRoche drove in two runs and Anthony Rendon added an RBI single in the ninth to help send the Reds to their eighth loss in nine games since the all-star break.
The teams went the entire three-game series without hitting a home run—the first time in the 12-year history of Great American Ball Park that three-consecutive games have been played without a home run.
Elsewhere in the NL, Philadelphia doubled Arizona 4-2, N.Y. blanked Milwaukee 2-0, St. Louis nipped Chicago 1-0, Pittsburgh topped Colorado 7-5, Atlanta dumped San Diego 8-3, and L.A. edged San Francisco 4-3.
Miami doubled Houston 4-2 in the lone interleague game.

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