CINCINNATI — Tanner Roark allowed only three singles over seven innings to lead the Nationals to a 4-1 victory over the Reds on Friday.
Cincinnati is winless since the All-Star break. The seven-game skid is its longest in five years. Heading into the All-Star break, the Reds went 8-3 on a homestand, cutting their deficit in the NL Central from seven games to 11/2.
"It's just really a mental game," manager Bryan Price said. "When we were going good before the break, nobody was pressing. Now, everybody's pressing."
Roark became Washington's first 10-game winner and improved to 3-0 over his past three starts. The righty has allowed three runs over 21 innings during the wins.
"It's pretty cool just to think about," he said. "You dream ever since you're a kid of getting to the big leagues. I took the opportunity and tried to run away with it.
"It is a little surprising. It's been a good ride so far; keep it going."
The Nationals put five hits together in the fourth for three runs, including Zach Walters' RBI double, Span's single and Anthony Rendon's run-scoring single.
Walters was called up Wednesday to fill in while third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is out with a pulled hamstring.