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Nationals' 10-game win streak ends, Giants romp

By JOSEPH WHITE
AP Sports Writer
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WASHINGTON (AP) As the deficit grew from two to four to eight, even the Washington Nationals - who grew so accustomed to comeback, last-at-bat heroics during their 10-game winning streak - had to admit that their good thing was coming to an end.

The Nationals fell 10-3 to the San Francisco Giants on Friday night, ending a streak that tied a franchise record and included seven one-run victories, five come-from-behind wins and five walk-offs.

''When the score was 4-2, I think everybody believed that `You know what? We still have a chance to win this game,''' outfielder Denard Span said. ''When it got 10-2, I was like, `Ah, OK, turn the page.'''

The Nationals fell victim to a Panik attack: Rookie Joe Panik went 4 for 5 - his first four-hit game - and gave the Giants the lead for good with his first major league homer, a three-run shot just right of the 402-foot mark in center field in the fourth inning.

''Thankfully, it wasn't AT&T Park,'' Panik said. ''But I'll take it. It's definitely nice to get into a little trot instead of having to bust it into a triple or something.''

Tim Hudson (9-9) allowed one earned run over 5 1-3 innings for his first since win July 19. Javier Lopez, Jean Machi, Sergio Romo and Juan Gutierrez finished the job for the Giants, who have won six of eight.

Doug Fister (12-4) threw six innings and uncharacteristically gave up a pair of homers - Nos. 12 and 13 allowed this season.

''I just wasn't sharp,'' Fister said. ''I left too many balls over the plate.''

The Nationals' streak had become suspense baseball theater at its best, always with a happy ending for the team in red and white. The staff ERA over during the 10 games was 1.82, and there were regular Gatorade baths for the player who inevitably would get the game-ending hit.

''It was a good run, just a lot of excitement the last 10 days,'' Span said. ''We came back, a lot of come-from-behind wins, and I think we jelled as a team, and it was a lot of fun.''

Manager Matt Williams found himself having to answer to a promise he made to a television network earlier this season about doing his famous Babe Ruth impersonation if his team won 10 in a row. He says he'll do it eventually, but that the middle of a pennant race is not ''the proper time.''

After the loss, Williams said it had been a ''hectic week'' and declared Friday's game ''kind of a clunker all around.''

''It's pretty rare to see 10 in a row,'' he said. ''But we've got to get back to work tomorrow and see if we can start another one.''

FISTER CANCER

Fister appeared to have a cut of several inches on the side of his neck. Asked about it, he said: ''I had some skin cancer removed a couple of days ago, and it had no effect tonight.'' He said he was now OK.

SCORING CHANGE

After further review, Anthony Rendon has been given an infield single on the walk-off play from the Nationals' 1-0 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday. The play was originally ruled a two-base error on third baseman Jordan Pacheco, whose low throw got past the first baseman and allowed Span to score from second. The play is now scored as a hit and an error.

MORSE CODE

Giants LF Michael Morse received a partial standing ovation and was serenaded by some fans with an impromptu chorus of ''Take on Me'' when he batted in the second inning. It was his first return to Washington since 2012, when his walk-up song became a rallying cry as helped the Nationals win the NL East.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Giants: CF Angel Pagan left the game with an upper calf injury and is day-to-day. ... 1B Brandon Belt (concussion) was moved from the seven-day disabled list to the 15-day DL. He hasn't played since Aug. 6.

Nationals: OF Nate McLouth had surgery on the torn labrum in his right shoulder. ''It went fine and it's all put back together,'' Williams said. The Nationals expect McLouth recover in time for spring training.

UP NEXT

San Francisco's Tim Lincecum (10-8, 4.48 ERA) faces Jordan Zimmermann (8-5, 2.97) on Saturday in the second game of the three-game series.

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J. Werth
AB 4
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H 2
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J. Panik
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R 2
H 4
HR 1
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San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Angel Pagan, CF5120000.301.343.391
   Juan Gutierrez, P0000000.000.000.000
Hunter Pence, RF5111012.282.333.463
Buster Posey, C5222000.286.345.447
   Andrew Susac, C0000000.241.290.379
Pablo Sandoval, 3B3111100.284.328.435
Michael Morse, LF3110001.283.339.480
   Gregor Blanco, LF-CF1111100.246.322.312
Joe Panik, 2B5243000.316.361.383
Travis Ishikawa, 1B-LF5012034.254.286.407
Brandon Crawford, SS4000021.226.313.373
Tim Hudson, P2000000.044.104.044
   Javier Lopez, P0000000.000.000.000
   a-Matt Duffy, PH1000000.192.250.192
   Jean Machi, P0000000.000.000.000
   Sergio Romo, P0000000.000.000.000
   b-Joaquin Arias, PH-1B1110000.214.242.255
Totals4010141026    
a-flied out for Lopez in the 7th
b-singled for Romo in the 9th
Batting
2B - Buster Posey (22, Detwiler), Travis Ishikawa (4, Blevins)
HR - Buster Posey (15, Fister), Joe Panik (1, Fister)
SF - Pablo Sandoval (6)
RBI - Hunter Pence (55), Buster Posey 2 (61), Pablo Sandoval (59), Gregor Blanco (22), Joe Panik 3 (13), Travis Ishikawa 2 (10)
2-OUT RBI - Joe Panik 3 (5), Travis Ishikawa 2 (3)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Crawford-Panik-Ishikawa
E - Brandon Crawford (18, Misplayed grounder), Joe Panik (4, Missed catch of throw)
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tim Hudson (W,9-9) 5.1521131 2.99
Javier Lopez (H,10) 0.2000010 1.99
Jean Machi (H,14) 1.2100020 1.46
Sergio Romo 0.1000010 4.15
Juan Gutierrez 1111210 3.23
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Hudson 95-59, Javier Lopez 5-4, Jean Machi 25-18, Sergio Romo 4-3, Juan Gutierrez 30-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Hudson 5-7, Javier Lopez 1-0, Jean Machi 1-2
Batters Faced - Tim Hudson 21, Javier Lopez 2, Jean Machi 6, Sergio Romo 1, Juan Gutierrez 6
Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Denard Span, CF4000001.299.353.399
Anthony Rendon, 3B3110100.280.337.462
Jayson Werth, RF4121012.285.376.441
Adam LaRoche, 1B4010011.269.375.460
Ian Desmond, SS3100102.247.306.419
Bryce Harper, LF3010010.267.347.388
   a-Michael Taylor, PH1000001.167.318.333
Wilson Ramos, C4011022.296.335.417
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B3000110.245.310.384
Doug Fister, P2010010.083.083.083
   Jerry Blevins, P0000000.000.000.000
   b-Kevin Frandsen, PH1000000.257.303.314
   Ross Detwiler, P0000000.000.333.000
   c-Danny Espinosa, PH1000012.213.275.347
Totals3337238    
a-flied out for Harper in the 9th
b-lined out for Blevins in the 8th
c-struck out for Detwiler in the 9th
Batting
2B - Wilson Ramos (11, Gutierrez)
HR - Jayson Werth (13, Hudson)
RBI - Jayson Werth (67), Wilson Ramos (34)
2-OUT RBI - Wilson Ramos (12)
SB - Anthony Rendon (13, ), Adam LaRoche (3, 2nd base off Hudson/Posey)
PK - Bryce Harper (2, Hudson)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - A. Cabrera-LaRoche
E - Adam LaRoche (6, Missed catch of throw)
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Doug Fister (L,12-4) 6744132 2.38
Jerry Blevins 2322120 5.05
Ross Detwiler 1443010 3.74
Pitches-Strikes - Doug Fister 107-74, Jerry Blevins 39-25, Ross Detwiler 26-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Fister 9-5, Jerry Blevins 2-2, Ross Detwiler 2-1
Batters Faced - Doug Fister 25, Jerry Blevins 10, Ross Detwiler 8
Game Information
Attendance - 33718
Game Time - 3:24
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Jerry Meals, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Chris Conroy, Third Base - Jordan Baker