Nationals shut down Giants
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[June 11, 2014]
Nationals 2, Giants 1: Doug Fister
tossed seven shutout innings and outdueled Madison Bumgarner as visiting
Washington defeated San Francisco for the second straight game.
Denard Span and Jayson Werth each drove in a run in the fifth
inning for the Nationals, who have won nine of their last 11
contests. Fister (5-1) won his fifth consecutive start while
allowing eight hits and one walk and Rafael Soriano permitted a run
in the ninth before recording his 13th save.
Bumgarner (8-4) yielded two runs on eight hits with one walk over
seven frames and saw his career-best six-game winning streak come to
an end. Pablo Sandoval went 3-for-3 for San Francisco, which went
1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and lost its second in a
row following a five-game winning streak.
Bumgarner cruised through the first four innings before running into
trouble after Ian Desmond and Danny Espinosa opened the fifth with
back-to-back singles. The Nationals broke the scoreless tie as
Span’s sacrifice fly plated one run and Werth’s two-out single to
left field scored Espinosa from second base.
Fister’s outing marked the 11th consecutive quality start by
Washington’s rotation, which has posted a 1.08 ERA over the last
eight games. The Giants threatened in the ninth when Brandon
Crawford hit a leadoff triple and scored on Brandon Hicks'
groundout, but Soriano retired pinch-hitter Hector Sanchez and Angel
Pagan to end the game.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: Washington 3B Anthony Rendon returned after missing
the last three games with a swollen right hand and singled twice in
four at-bats. … Pagan, who was held out of the starting lineup for
the last two games with a bruised right shin, batted leadoff and
went 1-for-5. ... Nationals C Wilson Ramos left the game with a
tight hamstring after sliding into second base in the ninth.
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