WASHINGTON - JULY 11: Aaron Rowand #33 and Aubrey Huff #17 of the San Francisco Giants celebrate after scoring in the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on July 11 2010 in Washington DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Nationals Lose To Giants, Remain Last In NL East Heading Into All-Star Break

The Nationals gave up five runs in the first three innings and were never able to get back in the game, dropping their final game before the All-Star break.

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Nationals Look To Win Series Against Giants

Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Travis Ishikawa went 2-for-3 and drove in three, and rookie Madison Bumgarner tossed six-plus solid innings, as the San Francisco Giants earned a 6-2 win over the Washington Nationals in the rubber match of a three-game set.

Buster Posey added a two-run triple and Juan Uribe had an RBI single for the Giants, who have won seven of their last nine. San Francisco heads into the All-Star break at 47-41 and in fourth place in the National League West.

Bumgarner (2-2) earned the win for allowing one run on seven hits with six strikeouts. The 20-year-old left-hander was making only his fourth start since being promoted from Triple-A Fresno in late June. Brian Wilson retired the final four batters to notch his 23rd save of the season.

Adam Dunn turned in a three-hit game and knocked in a run for Washington, which has dropped three of its last four. The Nationals are 39-50 and in last place in the NL East.

Livan Hernandez (6-5) took the loss for surrendering five runs on five hits with a pair of walks and fanned four in five frames.

San Francisco plated a pair of runs in the first to grab the early lead. With the bases loaded and one out, Ishikawa lined a two-run single to right. Hernandez, however, was able to limit the damage by retiring the next two hitters.

Bumgarner worked out of trouble in the second, and the Giants tacked on three more in the third. With runners of first and second and no outs, Posey roped a two-run triple off the left-center field wall, and Ishikawa followed with a sacrifice fly for a 5-0 game.

Washington mounted a two-out threat in the sixth by loading the bases, but Mike Morse flied out to shallow right to end the inning.

Ian Desmond led off the seventh with a base hit to end the afternoon for Bumgarner. Chris Ray took over on the hill and walked pinch-hitter Willie Harris, then issued a RBI single to Cristian Guzman two batters later. After Ryan Zimmerman walked, Jeremy Affeldt came on and was greeted by a run-scoring single from Dunn to get the Nats within 5-2. Giants manager Bruce Bochy again went the his bullpen and brought in Sergio Romo, who recorded the final two outs of the inning.

Uribe's run-scoring single in the eighth put the Giants up 6-2. Wilson retired the final batter in the bottom half and threw a scoreless ninth to close out the win.

The Giants won two of three games from the Nationals at AT&T Park from May 25-27 and are 15-4 against Washington since the start of the 2008 campaign. San Francisco has gone 8-2 at Nationals Park during that period...Washington went 3-for-11 with runners in scoring position and stranded 13, while San Francisco finished 3-for-6 with RISP and left four.

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