SAN FRANCISCO ( Associated Press) – Yadeel Hernandez scored a career-high five runs with three hits as the Washington Nationals beat the San Francisco Giants 11-5 on Sunday.
Juan Soto also scored three hits and three times for the nationals. Washington’s Lucius Fox started his career by giving away 20 runs.
The Nationals had eight consecutive losses and struggled aggressively before taking two for three at Oracle Park, scoring 29.
“The biggest thing is pitch selection,” Hernandez said through an interpreter. “We had a meeting as a team that we were swinging on on very bad pitches in general. The team was more focused this weekend and we had better pitch selection and results.
Josiah Gray (3-2) allowed one hit in six innings, striking three while working four walk-arounds. The right-hander, part of the trade that sent Max Scherzer and Tree Turner to the Dodgers at the previous season’s deadline, did not allow a hit until a two-out single in the fifth from Jason Krizan.
“Every time he’s there he’s getting better, he’s getting a little more confidence,” said national manager Dave Martinez. “You’re only seeing the beginning of what he can really do.”
Hernandez, who had seven RBIs in Washington’s first 23 games, hit a two-run single in the first innings when the Nationals scored five runs – four unearned – and took advantage of a costly error and Alex Cobb’s wildness.
The Giants reduced the Nationals’ lead to 8-5 after five goals from Washington’s bullpen in the seventh, Hernandez scoring a three-run double off Jake McGee in the eighth.
“It could have been just one run, two runs,” Hernandez said. “It gave us momentum on our side and we were able to exhale a little bit after that.”
Cobb (1-1), who had been activated from the injured list before the game, could not get back on track. He allowed Hernandez’s single, went on three of the next five and was called for a balk with the bases loaded.
Mike Ford, claimed by the Giants of Weavers after being named to the assignment by the Mariners on Saturday, was a two-run single in seventh.
Fox’s big day came at the waterfront ballpark in San Francisco. The switch-hitting shortstop was originally signed by the Giants in 2015 as an international free agent and was given a $6 million bonus.
“This is where it all began,” Fox said. “Signing day I came and saw the Giants play (here). It’s really special to get the first hit at the Giants Stadium. I had this feeling that I’m going to do something special today.”
Krizan’s single Off Gray was the first of his career and featured his wife and young child, who were in the stands. The rookie outfielder was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas after Giants put first baseman Brandon Belt on the COVID-19 list.
Nationals third baseman Machel Franco took a hit from Wilmer Flores in the first inning when he chased a grounder into wrong field, leapt and made a strong throw across his body to first baseman Josh Bell.
The National: Stephen Strasberg and Joe Ross will both face the hitters this week at the team’s facilities in West Palm Beach, Florida, an important step in both right-handed rehabilitation. Strasbourg, who has made seven starts since signing a $245 million, seven-year contract after being World Series MVP in 2019, is trying to work his way back from thoracic outlet surgery. Ross had surgery in March to remove bone spurs in his right elbow.
Giants: Cobb loses 12 games to Addictor Strain. RHP Kervin Castro was selected to replace Triple-A Sacramento.
Nationals: RHP Eric Fedde (1-2, 6.00 ERA) starts against the Rockies for the first time since 2018 in the first game of a three-match series in Colorado on Tuesday.
Giants: Carlos Rodón (3-0, 1.17) will face the Dodgers and Julio Uriás (1-1, 2.50) in a left-handers matchup in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
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