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Anthony Rendon

Roark strikes out 15 in 7 innings as Nationals top Twins 2-0

Sometimes there's really no explaining why a pitcher not known for strikeouts suddenly turns into a strikeout artist.

The Washington Nationals had no shortage of theories, however, after Tanner Roark fanned a career-high 15 and allowed only two hits over seven innings Saturday in a 2-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

Roark (2-2) twice struck out the side and fanned at least two strikeouts in four other innings. It was only the second time in 52 career starts the right-hander reached double digits in strikeouts — the other was on July 6, 2014, when he fanned 11 at San Diego.

So what happened?

"I was throwing four pitches to lefties and...