WASHINGTON (AP) - Edwin Jackson threw a two-hitter for his fifth
career complete game and Adam LaRoche added to his unusually strong
start with a tiebreaking two-run double Saturday, helping the
Washington Nationals win their fifth game in a row, 4-1 over the
Other than a rocky second inning, Jackson (1-0) was as efficient
and effective as can be, striking out nine. He retired 16
consecutive batters in one stretch, until walking Chris Heisey
leading off the eighth. After a visit from pitching coach Steve
McCatty, Jackson got back in gear, striking out the side. And he
finished with the flourish of a 1-2-3 ninth.
As if all of that weren't enough, Jackson even singled off Reds
starter Homer Bailey (0-2).