Nats Avenge Last Weekend with Giant Series Win

WASHINGTON — Tanner Roark and the Washington bullpen outdueled Madison Bumgarner, and Wilson Ramos homered to lift the Nationals over the San Francisco Giants 1-0 Sunday in a matchup of NL division leaders.

Washington won twice in the three-game series. Last weekend, the Giants took two of three at home from the Nationals.

Bumgarner (10-7) lost despite allowing just hits, including Ramos’ 18th homer in the seventh inning.

Roark (12-6) gave up five hits in seven innings. His last pitch came with runners on second and third, and center fielder Ben Revere made a spectacular, over-the-shoulder catch to rob Brandon Belt of extra bases. The crowd of 32,790 at Nationals Park saluted Revere with a standing ovation as he ran off the field.

Shawn Kelley retired the Giants in order in the eighth and Mark Melancon pitched the ninth for his 31st save. Melancon converted his first save opportunity since he was acquired in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 30.

Roark has thrown at least seven shutout innings a league-best seven times this season. He worked around five hits and three walks, striking out five.

The Giants put two on with no outs in the third, and Roark ended the inning by striking out Belt. Buster Posey hit a leadoff double in the fourth, but was eventually stranded at third.

Bumgarner struck out seven and walked two. He was coming off one the worst starts of his career, allowing 10 hits and eight runs in five innings against Philadelphia.

Bumgarner retired 11 of the first 12 batters and didn’t allow a hit until Anthony Rendon’s two-out double in the fourth.

With the win, the Nationals took the season series over the Giants four games to three, giving them the tiebreaker should the teams finish with the same record at the end of the regular season.

ON-BASE STREAKING:

Nationals left fielder Jayson Werth extended his on-base streak to a career-best 38 straight games, drawing a four-pitch walk in the first inning. Werth’s on-base streak is the longest in the majors this season.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Giants: RF Hunter Pence struck out as a pinch-hitter in the ninth. He didn’t start after bouncing a foul ball off his face Saturday. Pence underwent a CT scan after Saturday’s game, which showed no fracture to the orbital socket. … LHP Josh Osich (forearm strain) is expected to make a rehab appearance with Double-A Richmond on Monday. Osich (1-2, 4.25) last pitched July 23.

Nationals: RF Bryce Harper didn’t play, a day after leaving a game with neck stiffness. Chris Heisey replaced Harper in right field.

UP NEXT

Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto (13-3) takes the mound to begin a three-game series in Miami. Cueto has lost his last two decisions and is winless in his last four starts overall. The Giants will face RHP Jose Fernandez (12-6), who is 26-2 lifetime at Marlins Park.

Nationals: After a day off Monday, Washington opens a two-game interleague series at home against Cleveland. RHP Max Scherzer (11-6) is 3-0 in his last four starts, having thrown at least seven innings in each outing.

 

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