Adam LaRoche added a two-run single while Ryan Zimmerman drove in
a run and saved another with a diving catch as the Nationals handed
San Francisco its season high-tying third straight defeat. Tanner
Roark (5-4) gave up two runs and seven hits in six-plus innings to
win his second straight start and help Washington improve to 8-1 in
its last nine.
Brandon Crawford delivered a run-scoring single and Pablo Sandoval
added a pinch-hit RBI single for the Giants, who have dropped three
in a row for the first time since April 17-19 and will look to avert
a four-game sweep in Thursday's series finale. Matt Cain (1-4)
lasted only five innings, allowing four runs on three hits and a
season-high five walks.
The Nationals pushed across three runs in their first at-bat,
capitalizing on the wildness of Cain, who walked the first three
batters before LaRoche delivered a two-run single and Zimmerman
added an RBI groundout. San Francisco got on the board in the fourth
when Buster Posey singled and scored on Crawford's triple to the gap
Werth belted a hanging slider into the seats in left field in the
fifth for his first homer since May 14 and Zimmerman made a great
grab of Crawford's sinking liner to end the sixth. Sandoval's single
off Drew Storen in the seventh to cut the deficit to 4-2, but Werth
plated two more runs with a two-out, bases-loaded single off
Yusmeiro Petit in the ninth.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: Crawford extended his hitting streak to seven games
and set a career high with his fifth triple. ... The Nationals
placed C Wilson Ramos on the 15-day disabled list with a strained
right hamstring sustained in the ninth inning of Tuesday's game and
recalled C Sandy Leon from Triple-A Syracuse. ... Sandoval was not
in the starting lineup due to an illness for which he is taking
antibiotics, manager Bruce Bochy said. ... The Giants traded LHP
David Huff to the New York Yankees for cash considerations.
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