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LaRoche, Pirates sink Nationals

Adam LaRoche belted a solo homer and drove in three runs to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 7-2 win over the Washington Nationals Saturday night.

Pittsburgh won the game at PNC Park as –145 favorites, and the nine runs made it OVER the posted over/under (8).

Freddy Sanchez was 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBI for the Pirates. Tom Gorzelanny picked up his eighth victory, throwing a five-hitter over 7 1-3 innings.

Ronnie Belliard went deep for the Nationals, and Jason Bergmann surrendered eight hits and six runs over four innings on the hill.