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Nats pound out 21 hits, crush Giants

9:41 PM, Aug 13, 2012   |    comments
Danny Espinosa #8 of the Washington Nationals is congratulated by Roger Bernadina #2 after hitting a two run home run against the San Francisco Giants during the fifth inning at AT&T Park. (PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES)
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Danny Espinosa crushed a two-run home run among his four hits, knocked in three runs and scored three times, as the Nationals routed the Giants, 14-2, in the opener of a three-game set at AT&T Park.

Kurt Suzuki plated a season-high four runs, Roger Bernadina knocked in three, and Washington pounded out 21 hits to set a new single-game mark for the most hits in AT&T Park's 1,032-game history.

Gio Gonzalez (15-6) allowed two runs on six hits and two walks with four strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings to move into a tie for the NL lead in wins with New York's R.A. Dickey and Cincinnati's Johnny Cueto.

Ryan Vogelsong (10-6) was tagged for eight runs on nine hits and two walks over just 2 2/3 innings, snapping a streak of 22 straight starts in which he's pitched at least six innings.

Brandon Crawford belted a two-run home run in the seventh to end the shutout, but the loss dropped the Giants into a tie for first place in the NL West with the Dodgers, who won earlier on Monday.

 

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