Washington at San Francisco

W: G. Espineli (1-0) L: L. Ayala (1-6)
S: B. Wilson (27)
HR: WAS - J. Flores (6)   SF - None

Giants 6, Nationals 4

CBSSports.com wire reports

SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants suddenly have the slightest bit of momentum at home -- and that was something to celebrate, even for a brief moment.

Rich Aurilia lined a go-ahead two-run double to center field in the eighth inning, Bengie Molina had another big night and the Giants rallied to beat the Washington Nationals 6-4 on Wednesday.

"This gives us a lot of confidence that we can do it again," Molina said. "Games like this get your confidence back up and make you believe you can win games. The beauty of the Western Division is that even though we've played so bad the last couple of weeks, we're still in it. Anything can happen. I've seen it before."

Aurilia came up big with an eight-pitch at-bat in which he fouled off three consecutive pitches before the double. Omar Vizquel gave the Giants an insurance run with an RBI double off Luis Ayala (1-6) on the heels of Aurilia's hit and had his third three-hit game this season.

Geno Espineli (1-0) recorded two outs in the eighth for his first major league victory and the Giants won back-to-back home games for the first time since June 1-2 against San Diego and the New York Mets. Brian Wilson pitched the ninth for his NL-leading 27th save in 29 chances and 18th in a row.

Espineli, who had been slated to play for the U.S. Olympic team before his callup Sunday, was greeted by a beer shower in the clubhouse afterward.

"I was expecting the old-fashioned corny pie in the face and I got a 20-beer drenching," Espineli said. "It feels good to get it under your belt, especially being out there for just my second outing. I was still feeling the nerves. ... I'm still soaking it in. It's gone by pretty fast. I'd still like to get a couple of innings under my belt to calm the nerves."

San Francisco came back after Nationals pinch-hitter Johnny Estrada hit a go-ahead RBI single in the sixth, the same inning in which Jesus Flores hit a tying two-run homer for Washington.

"It's a great feeling and it does so much for a club. It's something you can build on. All season they've been going hard for nine innings," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's nice to win a series here."

Molina provided the Giants' clutch hits for the second successive game, getting two RBI doubles after his two-homer game a night earlier.

Molina hit an RBI double in the first to put San Francisco ahead, then Aaron Rowand followed with a run-scoring double. It was Rowand's 30th double, tying him for second in the National League with Houston's Lance Berkman behind Pittsburgh's Nate McLouth, who has 34.

Molina added another clutch double in the fifth to make it 3-1. The last time Molina had back-to-back games with multiple RBI was May 27-28 against Arizona. Molina also had a leadoff single in the eighth to start the rally.

Flores connected for his sixth home run after Austin Kearns led off the sixth with a single against Kevin Correia, who allowed a season-high 12 hits. He has four consecutive no-decisions and is winless in 10 outings since getting his only victory April 10 against St. Louis. He was on the disabled list from April 27 to June 14 with a strained muscle in his left side.

The Nationals got on the board when Willie Harris reached on first baseman John Bowker's fielding error that scored Ryan Langerhans from second. Cristian Guzman's first-inning single for Washington was his 130th hit, most in the NL.

"We got a lot of hits but not many extra bases or hits with runners in scoring position until Estrada's big hit," Nationals manager Manny Acta said.

The Giants are still searching for ways to win at home. San Francisco ended a four-game home losing streak Tuesday night and has only six victories in the past 20 games in the club's waterfront ballpark.


Injured Nationals CF Lastings Milledge, on the DL since June 28 with a right groin strain, has been impressive enough in his rehab stint for Triple-A Columbus that the team could bring him back before the end of this nine-game road trip that goes through the weekend series at Dodger Stadium. "He'll be here sooner than later," Acta said. ... Washington 1B Dmitri Young, a diabetic who has been out since July 19 with symptoms of his condition, has met with a doctor back home and a plan is being made for his medication. "After he's stabilized, he'll head down to Florida," Acta said. "It's more complicated than a lot of people (realize). ... Not by any means are we shutting him down completely. I'm very positive we'll be seeing him over here again." ... Giants OF Nate Schierholtz of Triple-A Fresno was added to the U.S. Olympic team Wednesday. ... This is the fourth season Rowand has had 30 doubles.

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Players of the Game
San Francisco

B. Molina
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0

J. Flores
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1

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June 22, 2017
Wednesday's MLB winners and losers (0:41)
Washington Nationals
Willie Harris, CF5020002 .257
Cristian Guzman, SS5010013 .306
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B5030011 .266
Austin Kearns, RF5110014 .220
Jesus Flores, C4112002 .286
Paul Lo Duca, 1B4020000 .248
    Luis Ayala, P0000000 .000
   a- Kory Casto, PH1000012 .200
Felipe Lopez, 2B4010002 .243
Ryan Langerhans, LF3220100 .286
Collin Balester, P1000011 .333
   b- Johnny Estrada, PH1011000 .180
    Pete Orr, PR0000000 .190
    Steven Shell, P0000000 .000
    Charlie Manning, P0000000 .000
    Saul Rivera, P0000000 .000
   c- Ronnie Belliard, PH-1B1000000 .230
a-struck out for Ayala in the 9th
b-singled for Balester in the 6th
c-grounded out for Rivera in the 8th
2B - Ryan Langerhans (3, Correia)
HR - Jesus Flores (6, Correia)
SH - Collin Balester (3)
RBI - Jesus Flores 2 (42), Johnny Estrada (4)
2-OUT RBI - Johnny Estrada (2)
CS - Willie Harris (3, 2nd base by Correia/Molina), Felipe Lopez (5, 2nd base by Correia/Molina)
Team LOB - 11
Washington Nationals
Collin Balester 5633220 5.75
Steven Shell (H,1) 1100010 2.00
Charlie Manning (H,3) 0.1000000 4.43
Saul Rivera (H,11) 0.2000020 3.39
Luis Ayala (BS,4; L,1-6) 1333110 5.77
Pitches-Strikes - Collin Balester 74-44, Steven Shell 14-10, Charlie Manning 9-6, Saul Rivera 10-6, Luis Ayala 27-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Collin Balester 10-3, Charlie Manning 1-0
Batters Faced - Collin Balester 23, Steven Shell 4, Charlie Manning 1, Saul Rivera 2, Luis Ayala 7
San Francisco Giants
Fred Lewis, LF4100112 .271
Eugenio Velez, 2B3000001 .208
   a- Jose Castillo, PH-2B^3B1000010 .260
Randy Winn, RF4110011 .279
Bengie Molina, C4132010 .288
    Emmanuel Burriss, PR-2B0100000 .291
Aaron Rowand, CF4011002 .289
John Bowker, 1B2100210 .267
    Steve Holm, C0000000 .214
Rich Aurilia, 3B-1B4122012 .275
Omar Vizquel, SS4031000 .183
Kevin Correia, P1000001 .083
    Alex Hinshaw, P0000000 .000
   b- Ivan Ochoa, PH1000001 .286
    Osiris Matos, P0000000 .000
    Geno Espineli, P0000000 .000
   c- Dave Roberts, PH1000001 .111
    Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
a-struck out for Velez in the 7th
b-flied out for Hinshaw in the 6th
c-flied out for Espineli in the 8th
2B - Bengie Molina 2 (23, Balester, Balester), Aaron Rowand (30, Balester), Rich Aurilia (16, Ayala), Omar Vizquel (6, Ayala)
SH - Kevin Correia (2)
RBI - Bengie Molina 2 (61), Aaron Rowand (53), Rich Aurilia 2 (37), Omar Vizquel (12)
2-OUT RBI - Bengie Molina 2 (18), Aaron Rowand (23)
SB - Emmanuel Burriss (8, 2nd base off Ayala/Flores)
Team LOB - 7
E - John Bowker (4, Misplayed grounder), Kevin Correia (1, Throwing)
San Francisco Giants
Kevin Correia 5.21243031 5.71
Alex Hinshaw 0.1000000 2.63
Osiris Matos 1.1100000 2.45
Geno Espineli (W,1-0) 0.2000100 0.00
Brian Wilson (S,27) 1100020 4.69
HBP - Flores (by Brian Wilson)
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Correia 84-59, Osiris Matos 16-10, Geno Espineli 15-8, Brian Wilson 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Correia 8-5, Alex Hinshaw 1-0, Osiris Matos 1-3, Geno Espineli 1-1
Batters Faced - Kevin Correia 28, Alex Hinshaw 1, Osiris Matos 5, Geno Espineli 3, Brian Wilson 5
Game Information
Attendance - 35539
Game Time - 2:47
Temperature - 63
Umpires - Home - Gary Darling, First Base - Angel Campos, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - Jerry Meals