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Roark proud to notch first Major League win

WASHINGTON -- Reliever Tanner Roark picked up his first Major League victory as the Nationals defeated the Phillies, 8-5, at Nationals Park on Saturday night.

Roark pitched two scoreless innings and needed only 12 pitches to get the job done. When he left the game, the Nationals were down, 4-3, but scored five runs in the seventh inning, highlighted by a two-run home run by Jayson Werth.

"It felt great. A good come-from-behind win. It was a great team effort. The bats came alive and it was awesome to watch," Roark said.

After the game, Roark said he was going to give the game ball to his parents, Toby and Jodi Roark, who live in Illinois.

"They have an old trophy case for all my brothers and sisters," he said. "I'm going to give it to them, and I'm sure they are going to be pretty ecstatic about it."

Roark made his Major League debut this past Wednesday against the Braves, and he said he was nearly as nervous on Saturday against the Phillies.

"It wasn't as bad. But it was definitely still there," Roark said. "I still had the nerves and still had the excitement and everything like that."

Bill Ladson is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats.
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