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Washington at San Francisco

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Washington (35-29) «300010002660
San Francisco (42-24)000100100280

Nationals 6, Giants 2

CBSSports.com wire reports
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Even with standouts Bryce Harper and Gio Gonzalez on the disabled list, the Washington Nationals are shutting down the team with best record in the baseball and taking over the title as the league's hottest club.

Jayson Werth hit his first home run in almost a month and drove in three runs, and the Nationals capitalized on Matt Cain's erratic start to beat the San Francisco Giants 6-2 on Wednesday night for their fourth consecutive victory.

"We kind of got Cain on the ropes early, got his pitch count up, got some big hits early to kind of set the tone for the game," Werth said. "It's hard to recover from."

Cain (1-4) walked the first three batters he faced before Adam LaRoche's two-run single during a three-run first inning. Werth's solo shot in the fifth and two-run single in the ninth provided the rest of the pop for the Nationals, who have won 10 of 12, including the last three at San Francisco.

Former third baseman Ryan Zimmerman made a pair of diving catches in left field to highlight a stellar defensive effort, and Tanner Roark (5-4) allowed two runs and seven hits in six-plus innings to propel Washington to another victory.

"We're playing great as a team right row," said Roark, who struck out four and walked none. "Just keep it going. It's exciting."

Brandon Crawford and Pablo Sandoval each drove in a run for the Giants, who have lost a season-high tying three straight after winning five in a row.

Cain's struggles might have been the most disappointing thing of all for the Giants.

In his second start since a stint on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring, the former ace reverted back to his early season woes against Washington. Cain gave up four runs and three hits in five innings, walking five and striking out four.

"It was too much of a deficit to come back from. We needed a better start than that. I wanted some clean innings. I made it too difficult," Cain said.

The finale of the four-game series is Thursday, but the NL East-leading Nationals already have handed San Francisco its first series loss since the Giants were swept at Pittsburgh from May 5-7. Before the Nationals showed up in San Francisco this week, the Giants had not lost two in a row since May 16-17 to the Marlins.

The Nationals are doing it by getting contributions at the plate, on the mound and in the field.

After Crawford's RBI triple in the fourth, second baseman Danny Espinosa made a diving stop on Gregor Blanco's sharp grounder and threw out the speedy runner at first. Zimmerman, filling in for Harper in left, also swiped another run from San Francisco in the sixth when he made a diving catch of Crawford's slicing fly after Michael Morse doubled.

"I'm kind of learning on the fly," Zimmerman said. "Got a good break on it. It kept tailing away. I dove and caught it. The landing wasn't very smooth, but in the end, I caught the ball."

Sandoval, scratched from the starting lineup because of an illness, singled home a run as a pinch-hitter in the seventh to whittle Washington's lead to 4-2. Zimmerman slid in to snag Angel Pagan's short fly for the third out.

With his back right leg almost touching the dirt, Werth went low to launch his sixth homer of the season to put the Nationals up 4-1 in the fifth. Werth, who had not homered since May 14 at Arizona, singled with two outs in the ninth off Yusmeiro Petit to extend Washington's lead to 6-2.

Drew Storen, Tyler Clippard and Jerry Blevins each tossed a scoreless inning to help Washington finish off San Francisco again. Closer Rafael Soriano had been warming up in the bullpen before Werth's single.

"The best part about that is we could put the big scary guy back in his cage," Werth said, "and save him for [Thursday]."

Notes

The Nationals placed catcher Wilson Ramos on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring and called up catcher Sandy Leon from Triple-A Syracuse. ... The Giants traded left-hander David Huff back to the Yankees for cash. He was sent to San Francisco in January for cash after the Yankees signed Masahiro Tanaka. ... Tim Hudson (6-2, 1.97 ERA) takes the mound for the Giants opposite Washington's Blake Treinen (0-2, 1.78 ERA) in Thursday's series finale.

 
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Players of the Game
San Francisco

B. Crawford
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
Washington

J. Werth
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Denard Span, CF3200201 .275
Anthony Rendon, 3B3100210 .272
Jayson Werth, RF4223100 .296
Adam LaRoche, 1B4012110 .310
Ryan Zimmerman, LF5011013 .275
Ian Desmond, SS4010012 .239
Danny Espinosa, 2B3000121 .226
Jose Lobaton, C3110123 .228
Tanner Roark, P2000011 .143
   Drew Storen, P0000000 .000
   Tyler Clippard, P0000000 .000
   a-Greg Dobbs, PH1000000 .182
   Jerry Blevins, P0000000 .000
Totals3266689  
a-grounded out for Clippard in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ryan Zimmerman (7, Cain)
HR - Jayson Werth (6, Cain)
SH - Tanner Roark (7)
RBI - Jayson Werth 3 (31), Adam LaRoche 2 (33), Ryan Zimmerman (10)
2-OUT RBI - Jayson Werth 2 (13)
SB - Ian Desmond (5, 2nd base off Kontos/Posey)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Desmond-Espinosa-LaRoche
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tanner Roark (W,5-4) 6722040 2.92
Drew Storen (H,9) 1100000 1.29
Tyler Clippard (H,15) 1000010 1.23
Jerry Blevins 1000010 3.70
Pitches-Strikes - Tanner Roark 95-61, Drew Storen 11-10, Tyler Clippard 17-12, Jerry Blevins 8-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tanner Roark 4-10, Drew Storen 1-1, Tyler Clippard 1-1
Batters Faced - Tanner Roark 25, Drew Storen 3, Tyler Clippard 3, Jerry Blevins 3
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Angel Pagan, CF4000002 .313
Hunter Pence, RF4000011 .286
Buster Posey, C4110010 .271
Michael Morse, 1B4020011 .279
Brandon Crawford, SS4011002 .255
Brandon Hicks, 2B4110022 .183
Gregor Blanco, LF4010012 .242
Joaquin Arias, 3B3010001 .182
Matt Cain, P1000001 .222
   a-Tyler Colvin, PH1000000 .235
   George Kontos, P0000000 .000
   b-Pablo Sandoval, PH1011000 .256
   Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
   Yusmeiro Petit, P0000000 .000
   Javier Lopez, P0000000 .000
Totals3428206  
a-flied out for Cain in the 5th
b-singled for Kontos in the 7th
Batting
2B - Michael Morse (17, Roark)
3B - Brandon Crawford (5, Roark)
RBI - Brandon Crawford (34), Pablo Sandoval (27)
2-OUT RBI - Pablo Sandoval (11)
Team LOB - 5
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Matt Cain (L,1-4) 5344541 3.84
George Kontos 2100030 3.21
Jeremy Affeldt 1000010 1.64
Yusmeiro Petit 0.2222210 4.72
Javier Lopez 0.1000100 1.35
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Cain 102-59, George Kontos 26-19, Jeremy Affeldt 11-7, Yusmeiro Petit 29-17, Javier Lopez 7-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Cain 6-5, Jeremy Affeldt 2-0, Yusmeiro Petit 1-0
Batters Faced - Matt Cain 23, George Kontos 7, Jeremy Affeldt 3, Yusmeiro Petit 6, Javier Lopez 2
Game Information
Attendance - 41404
Game Time - 3:19
Temperature - 60
Umpires - Home - Phil Cuzzi, First Base - Gerry Davis, Second Base - Quinn Wolcott, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez