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.
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 last season’s deadline, did not allow a hit until a two-out single in the fifth from Jason Krizan.
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.
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 for the assignment by the Mariners on Saturday, was a two-run single in seventh.
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.
Nationals: 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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