WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Wood pitched five effective innings and San Francisco’s bullpen closed it out, leading the Giants to a 5-2 victory over the Washington Nationals on Saturday.
Wilmer Flores and Joc Pederson each had two hits for San Francisco, which won for the third time in four games. It beat Washington 7-1 in the series opener Friday night.
Wood (2-0) allowed two runs and four hits. The left-hander struck out five and walked one.
Wood’s career ERA at Nationals Park rose slightly to 2.85 in eight starts. It is second best among all active pitchers (minimum 40 innings pitched) behind Jacob deGrom’s 2.80.
“I had a lot of good battles against the Nats my first three years with the Braves,” Wood said. “They’ve got a good mound, and just getting prepared and trying to stay sharp. I don’t think there’s one thing I can point to why I’ve had success here, but I like pitching here. It’s a good part to pitch in.”
After Wood departed, Dominic Leone, John Brebbia and Tyler Rogers each pitched an inning before Camilo Doval worked the ninth for his third save. The Giants’ bullpen lowered its ERA to 1.78, best in the majors.
“Woody pitched a really good ballgame. I think he had one more inning in him,” manager Gabe Kapler said. “We just thought it was the right moment to go to Dom … and we felt like we could stretch through the game with a really good bullpen, a bullpen that’s been pitching well for us.”
Riley Adams homered for Washington in its fourth straight loss.
Aaron Sanchez (0-1), who pitched in nine games for the Giants last season, was called up from Triple-A Rochester to make the start for Washington. He lasted 4 1/3 innings, allowing four runs and six hits.
The Giants scored four times in the fifth to open a 5-0 lead.
After Luis Gonzalez’s sacrifice fly made it 2-0, Thairo Estrada stole second and scored on Curt Casali’s single, which chased Sanchez. Casali scored on a bases-loaded force at second and Pederson made it 5-0 when he singled through the shortstop spot vacated by the shift.
The Nationals rallied in the fifth on Adams’ homer and an RBI single by Lane Thomas, but Wood struck out Juan Soto to end the inning.
Washington has scored nine runs in its past five games.
Giants: RHP Logan Webb (1-1, 2.55 ERA) starts on Sunday. He gave up three runs and six hits in 3 2/3 innings in a loss to the Mets on Tuesday. He pitched three scoreless innings in his lone start against Washington in July 2019.
Nationals: Rookie RHP Joan Adon (1-2, 5.87 ERA) pitches the finale. He threw 6 1/3 scoreless innings against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday for his first major league win.
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