User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto Racing
Horses
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Verlander, Tigers complete sweep of Nats

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

DETROIT (AP) - The Washington Nationals are slumping and All-Star outfielder Bryce Harper is fuming

Advertisement
Alex Avila and Torii Hunter hit homers in a five-run second inning and the Detroit Tigers scored five more runs in the fourth inning of an 11-1 rout of Washington on Wednesday.

The Nationals have lost nine of 13 games since the All-Star break, back when they were a game over .500, to create a double-digit deficit behind the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves.

Harper wasn't on the field at the end of the latest setback because of a hip spasm, according to manager Davey Johnson, but he did have plenty to say after the game.

``You got to play with heart,'' Harper said. ``You got to play as a family. Everybody's got to want it, starting with the manager on down - everybody. Everybody wants to win this and keep going. We need to get going and play better, hit better, have better ABs in certain situations and pitch better also. It's just something we need to do.

``We play the Braves nine games. This ain't over. I really don't think it's over. We just got to keep going, keep grinding and turn into the family that we were last year.''

Detroit's Justin Verlander (11-8) shook off a shaky start by giving up one run, four hits and five walks while striking out six over six innings.

``We feel like we had a lot of good chances of getting to him all day,'' Washington catcher Kurt Suzuki said. ``He made pitches when he needed to.''

Gio Gonzalez, meanwhile, did not.

``I feel like I let the team down, especially when they needed that push to get over the hump,'' he said.

Gonzalez (7-4) gave up 10 runs - one short of his career high - and 11 hits - the most of his career - over 3 1-3 innings. He entered the game with 4-0 record and a 2.06 ERA in his 10 starts since his last loss on May 27.

``In three months, you're going to run into a hiccup,'' Gonzalez said. ``It just happened to be against a good team.''

Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth had a sacrifice fly in the first, driving in the only run for his team. Washington was held to one or fewer runs for the 30th time this season.

``I like my ballclub,'' Johnson said. ``We have a lot of talent, just got to express it.''

NOTES: Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty, a Detroit native, has been released from a hospital after being treated for an irregular heartbeat and high blood pressure and is expected to rejoin the team Monday. ... After an off day, Washington will open at series at Milwaukee on Friday night.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Rose: Who's Not Hot - AL
Desmond, Nats crumble Rockies 7-2
Tigers power past Diamondbacks, 4-3
Big Papi, Red Sox rout Blue Jays 14-1
Sale pitches White Sox past Royals 3-1
Dodgers end Bucs' home win streak, 5-2
Jones lifts Marlins past Braves 3-1 in 10
Mikolas, Rangers top sloppy Yanks 4-2
Brewers top bumbling Reds, 'under' hits
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
MLB Pro Baseball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
MLB Hot Streaks
14-4 L18 Guarantees, +8,025 TY
11-0 L11 Totals, +2,914 This Year
12-3 G-Plays, 34-21 +1,518 Streak
3-1 Yesterday, 11-4 L3 Days
4-1 L5, 9-4 +641 L13 Picks
+2,444 Net Proftis This Year
23-13 +1,136 L36, +2,004 TY
7-4 L11 G-Plays, 9-4 L13 Totals
+1,994 MLB Totals TY
5-1, +465 Last 2 Days
+1,703 This Season
3-0 L3 G-Plays, 9-3 +672 L12 Picks
11-3, +822 Last 14 Guarantees
6-3 L9 Picks, +1,198 This Year
MLB Pro Baseball Expert Sports Picks - Antony Dinero
2014 MLB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 8046
Bruce Marshall + 2504
The Gold Sheet + 2344
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 2716
James Manos + 2554
Dave Cokin + 1577
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 2562
Matt Zylbert + 2194
Tony Stoffo + 1359
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Dave Cokin + 1217
Doc's Sports + 850
Antony Dinero + 702
Favorite Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 4017
Mike Rose + 1929
Kevin Rogers + 1595
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Mike Rose + 1403
Bruce Marshall + 1358
The Gold Sheet + 1189
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!