One of the few Washington Nationals not performing at his 2016 level is right-handed pitcher Tanner Roark, who is slated to start on Wednesday against the Seattle Mariners. Washington catcher Jose Lobaton still has confidence in Roark. Roark gave up 11 hits and six runs in 6 1/3 innings in a loss in Seattle during the 2014 season in his only showing against the Mariners.
After struggling for the first four weeks of the season, veteran right-hander Bartolo Colon appears to be rounding back into form for the Atlanta Braves. Colon (2-4, 6.38) has lowered his ERA nearly a point in his last two starts and will try to continue that trend when he takes the mound in the finale of a four-game series against Pittsburgh on Thursday. The Pirates will counter with right-hander Ivan Nova (4-3, 2.63).
A refreshed Rendon continued doing damage Wednesday night, belting a three-run first-inning homer, his eighth of the season, in the Nationals' 5-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners. ''It may not seem like it wears on you as a player,'' said Rendon, who was out of the lineup for Washington in Atlanta on Sunday. Rendon's first-inning blast followed a two-homer, five-RBI night in Washington's 10-1 series-opening victory Tuesday.