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Desmond (five RBI), Strasburg help Nats cool off Giants

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Ian Desmond was looking to go deep in his last at-bat. He settled for a lopsided Washington victory.

Desmond had a career-high five RBI and Stephen Strasburg won his third consecutive decision for the Nationals in their 9-2 victory against the San Francisco Giants on Monday night.

Desmond came to the plate in the ninth inning needing a home run for the cycle -- and he swung for the fences.

"You don't get that opportunity very often," he said. "For the record, I probably shouldn't have slammed the bat after I got out. I was caught up in the moment."

Denard Span added a triple and two doubles to help the Nationals win for the eighth time in 10 games. Desmond had three hits and Jayson Werth drove in two runs.

San Francisco had its five-game winning streak snapped.

Strasburg (6-4) allowed four hits over six innings and retired his final 10 hitters. He struck out seven and did not walk a batter, improving to 3-0 against the Giants with 29 strikeouts in 25 innings.

Nationals starters have struck out 52 and walked one in their past seven games.

Washington manager Matt Williams, who played 10 seasons with the Giants, said Strasburg was pulled as a precaution with some tightness in his back.

"He could have kept pitching," Williams said. "The third inning he started experiencing it. Once we tacked on a couple runs late, we decided to get him out and make sure he got some treatment."

Ryan Vogelsong (4-3) retired 10 of 11 batters during one stretch and pitched into the seventh. But he gave up six runs and nine hits, ending his three-game winning streak.

"I threw some really good pitches and I threw some really bad ones," Vogelsong said. "I just had a bad night, that's all."

Brandon Crawford and Joaquin Arias each drove in a run for the Giants.

Strasburg set down 13 of 14 batters after Crawford's RBI single.

"My changeup was working really well," Strasburg said. "It kept them off the fastball. I didn't need to use my curve that much. I was able to throw the change for strikes."

Desmond, who owns a .373 career batting average against the Giants, also has an impressive .434 mark (23 for 53) and 51 RBI with the bases loaded.

"I just swing hard in case I hit it," he said. "The last few years the Giants have been at the top and I think I rise to play the best, but I don't really have an answer. I'm going to keep doing what I'm doing."

Desmond's two-run single with the sacks full in the third gave Washington a 4-1 lead. Desmond also tripled home a run in the second and added a two-run double in the seventh.

Werth drove in the Nationals' first run in the first inning and added an RBI single in the seventh. He also scored on an error.

The Giants scored their first run in the second. Tyler Colvin doubled with one out and came home on Crawford's single. Arias added an RBI single in the eighth.

Strasburg struck out the first batter he faced in four of his six innings. He also ended three innings with a strikeout.

"He has good stuff," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He throws 95 [mph] with a good slider and change. His ball is moving and he was on top of his game."

Notes

Nationals INF Anthony Rendon (sore right hand) was out of the starting lineup for a third consecutive game. He's expected to start Tuesday. ... Giants OF Angel Pagan was out of the lineup with a bruised right shin. ... Giants RHP Santiago Casilla is expected to start a rehab assignment at Class A San Jose on Wednesday or Thursday. ... RHP Doug Fister (4-1, 3.19 ERA) pitches Tuesday for the Nationals. He has walked two batters in 36 2/3 innings this year. LHP Madison Bumgarner (8-3, 2.86) starts for the Giants. He's on a six-game winning streak.

 
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Stephen Strasburg retires his final 10 batters, going six innings for his third straight victory.  (Getty Images)
Stephen Strasburg retires his final 10 batters, going six innings for his third straight victory. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Washington

I. Desmond
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 5
Washington

S. Strasburg
IP 6.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 0
K 7
 

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Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Denard Span, CF5230001 .282
Kevin Frandsen, 3B5010002 .234
Jayson Werth, RF4122001 .294
   Nate McLouth, RF1000010 .179
Adam LaRoche, 1B3210201 .306
Ryan Zimmerman, LF4200102 .300
Wilson Ramos, C4221101 .250
Ian Desmond, SS5035011 .238
Danny Espinosa, 2B4000034 .228
Stephen Strasburg, P3000021 .080
   a-Greg Dobbs, PH1000001 .188
   Aaron Barrett, P0000000 .000
   Ross Detwiler, P0000000 .000
Totals39912847  
a-fouled out for Strasburg in the 7th
Batting
2B - Denard Span 2 (19, Vogelsong), Jayson Werth (12, Vogelsong), Adam LaRoche (9, Vogelsong), Wilson Ramos (5, Kontos), Ian Desmond (8, Kontos)
3B - Denard Span (4, Vogelsong), Ian Desmond (2, Vogelsong)
RBI - Jayson Werth 2 (27), Wilson Ramos (11), Ian Desmond 5 (42)
2-OUT RBI - Ian Desmond 2 (9)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jayson Werth 1
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Stephen Strasburg (W,6-4) 6411070 2.99
Aaron Barrett 1000020 0.83
Ross Detwiler 2411000 4.78
HBP - Morse (by Aaron Barrett)
Pitches-Strikes - Stephen Strasburg 88-61, Aaron Barrett 16-12, Ross Detwiler 33-22
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Stephen Strasburg 5-5, Ross Detwiler 3-2
Batters Faced - Stephen Strasburg 21, Aaron Barrett 4, Ross Detwiler 9
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gregor Blanco, CF4010010 .253
Hunter Pence, RF3010000 .291
   Joaquin Arias, 1B1011000 .176
Buster Posey, C3010011 .271
   Ehire Adrianza, 3B1010000 .192
Pablo Sandoval, 3B3000021 .244
   Hector Sanchez, C1000002 .219
Michael Morse, 1B2000010 .275
   Yusmeiro Petit, P0000000 .000
   a-Angel Pagan, PH1000000 .321
Tyler Colvin, LF4110011 .242
Brandon Crawford, SS4011021 .250
Brandon Hicks, 2B3000000 .185
Ryan Vogelsong, P2000010 .154
   George Kontos, P0000000 .000
   Juan Perez, RF1110000 .167
Totals3328209  
a-grounded out for Petit in the 9th
Batting
2B - Buster Posey (5, Strasburg), Tyler Colvin (9, Strasburg)
RBI - Joaquin Arias (7), Brandon Crawford (33)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Michael Morse (1, Missed catch of throw)
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ryan Vogelsong (L,4-3) 6966260 3.84
George Kontos 1333100 3.75
Yusmeiro Petit 2000110 4.40
Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Vogelsong 102-64, George Kontos 19-13, Yusmeiro Petit 23-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Vogelsong 7-5, George Kontos 2-1
Batters Faced - Ryan Vogelsong 29, George Kontos 7, Yusmeiro Petit 7
Game Information
Attendance - 41597
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Quinn Wolcott, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - Gerry Davis