Nunez gets 3 extra-base hits off Strasburg, Giants top Nats
WASHINGTON (AP) Eduardo Nunez led the way as the San Francisco Giants bested Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg.
Nunez got four hits, including two triples and a double against Strasburg, and the San Francisco Giants beat Washington 7-1 in a matchup of NL division leaders.
Brandon Belt homered, doubled and singled as the Giants ended Washington's four-game winning streak.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy liked how his offense, which has been struggling lately, performed against Strasburg.
''Our guys did a good job out there,'' Bochy said. ''(Strasburg) has great stuff. He has battles and competes.''
Slumping right fielder Bryce Harper of the Nationals left after the sixth inning with a stiff neck.
Matt Cain (4-6) won his third straight start, pitching five shutout innings and scattering five hits. Last Sunday, he threw five no-hit innings to beat the Nationals at home.
Strasburg (15-2) was trying to become the first pitcher in the majors with 16 wins this season. Instead, he lasted only 4 2/3 innings in his shortest outing this year, giving up four runs and eight hits.
Strasburg struck out eight but allowed two runs in both the fourth and fifth innings. He threw 88 pitches overall.
''I feel like I was scuffling the whole game,'' Strasburg said. ''Yeah, I retired nine of the first 10, but I didn't really feel like I was executing, and it just kind of caught up to me. They grinded.''
Nunez had been hitless in his last 16 at-bats, and was just 2 for 20 since being traded over by Minnesota in late July. The AL All-Star scored three runs and just missed the cycle as his first triple nearly went over the wall.
''There was too much Nunez today,'' Nationals manager Dusty Baker said. ''This was his day. They must have eaten some line drives for lunch because there were line drives hit everywhere.''
Nunez said his new teammates have been giving him lots of support through his recent problems, and this game could be a turning point.
''(It's been) a very tough week for me,'' Nunez said. ''To have that game, I have my confidence back. I've been working in the cage. Things happen. I hope tomorrow's going to be a better day, too.''
Buster Posey drove in two runs for the Giants, who had been struggling at the plate lately before getting 14 hits.
Danny Espinosa drove in the lone Washington run with an eighth-inning single.
A BIT OF HISTORY
Nunez became just the second player since the Giants moved to San Francisco in 1958 to post two triples and a double in the same game. Will Clark was the other, on Aug. 14, 1991, against the Braves.
Giants: RF Hunter Pence bounced a foul ball off his face in the second inning. The ball hit banged off the ground and rebounded to hit him under his right eye, leaving a welt and a black eye, but he remained in the game. ... RHP Cory Gearrin (shoulder strain) has thrown three scoreless innings of relief over three games on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Sacramento.
Nationals: 1B Ryan Zimmerman was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a bruised left wrist. The move is retroactive to Aug. 1. OF Brian Goodwin was promoted from Triple-A Syracuse. ... Goodwin replaced Harper and made his major league debut, and had a flyout in his lone at-bat. ''I've been having it for a couple days now,'' Harper said. ''It's been bothering me. Tonight, (Baker) came up to me in the seventh inning and just gave me the night off.''
Giants: LHP Madison Bumgarner (10-6) tries to rebound after his worst start of the season last Tuesday when he gave up eight runs on 10 hits in five innings during a 13-8 loss at Philadelphia.
Nationals: RHP Tanner Roark (11-6) has won five of his last six decisions, including his last two starts when he earned victories over Arizona and San Francisco.