SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 15: Adam LaRoche #25 of the Washington Nationals is congratulated by Kurt Suzuki #24 after LaRoche scored on a two-run home run hit by Danny Espinosa #8 (not pictured) in the third inning against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on August 15, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Nationals Vs. Giants: Washington Wraps Up Road Trip With 6-4 Win

Stephen Strasburg allows two runs over six innings as the Nationals go 8-2 on their 10-game road trip.

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Nationals Vs. Giants: Madison Bumgarner Proves To Be Too Much For Washington's Offense

One night after scoring 14 runs against the San Francisco Giants, the Washington Nationals were all but shut out by Madison Bumgarner, who pitched a complete game and allowed just one run on five hits while striking out six as the Giants defeated the Nationals, 6-1 Tuesday night.

Brandon Belt drove in San Francisco's first two runs with a second-inning double and a sixth-inning single off Jordan Zimmermann, who only managed to pitch 5.2 innings and allowed two runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out four.

Washington's only run came in the top of seventh, when Jayson Werth tripled and was driven in by an Adam LaRoche single. But any hopes of a comeback were squelched in the eighth inning when the Giants scored four runs against pitchers Drew Storen and Sean Burnett.

The rubber game of the series is set for 3:45 Wednesday afternoon. Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to pitch against Tim Lincecum.

For more on the Nats, head over to Federal Baseball and stay tuned to SB Nation DC. For more on the Giants, check out McCovey Chronicles and SB Nation Bay Area.


Nationals Vs. Giants: Washington Wallops Giants, 14-2 In Series Opener

In a battle of National League Division leaders, the Washington Nationals made their case as Beasts from the East Monday night in San Francisco, defeating the Giants 14-2 at AT&T Park.

After taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Ryan Zimmerman's RBI double, the Nationals exploded for seven runs in the third inning, three runs in the fourth, and three more in the fifth. Danny Espinosa's two-run home run to dead center field gave the Nationals a 14-0 lead and surpassed the team's previous season high for runs scored, which was set in the 12-5 win over the Colorado Rockies June 26. The 12-run margin of victory was the highest for the franchise since it moved from Montreal in 2005.

Coming off a complete-game effort in the 4-3 win over Houston Wednesday, Gio Gonzalez had a relatively stress-free outing Monday. Gonzalez, who is now tied with R.A. Dickey and Johnny Cueto for the National League lead in wins (15), scattered six hits and two walks over six innings, striking out four in the process. Gonzalez's night was ended in the bottom of the seventh, when Brandon Crawford's pinch-hit home run gave the Giants their only runs of the game. Tom Gorzelanny pitched the final 2.1 innings, allowing just two hits and one walk while striking out three.

Washington's win, coupled with Atlanta's loss to San Diego, left the Nats with a 5.5 game lead in the National League East, their largest division lead of the season. But the news wasn't all good for Washington, as outfielder Michael Morse was pinch-hit for in the top of the fifth inning and was later seen in the dugout with his hand and wrist wrapped.

The series resumes at 10:15 p.m. Tuesday night, as Jordan Zimmermann is scheduled to face Madison Bumgarner.

For more news from the Washington Nationals, visit their SB Nation blog Federal Baseball. For more news on the San Francisco Giants, visit their SB Nation blog McCovey Chronicles.

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