Jul 3, 2015, 9:12 PM EST
By Rich Dubroff, CSNwashington.com
In their last two games, the Nationals were held to two runs in losses at Atlanta. They equaled that total with one swing by Clint Robinson in the seventh, and it was good enough for a win.
The Nationals started the holiday weekend series with the San Francisco Giants with a 2-1 win at Nationals Park before a sellout crowd of 41,693 on Friday night.
It was the first meeting between the teams since last October’s NL Divisional Series.
Jake Peavy, making his first start since Apr. 17, pitched six excellent innings against the Nationals , allowing two hits in the first innings, and nothing else.
The closest Peavy (0-3) came to giving up a run in the first six came in the third when Gio Gonzalez hit a long fly ball to left that fans thought was a home run. It was called foul, and after a review that was confirmed.
Peavy walked Bryce Harper three times, including an intentional walk in the first. Harper has equaled his season high of five games without an RBI.
After Peavy walked Harper in the seventh, Robinson hit his fourth home run of the year on a 1-1 pitch to give the Nationals (44-36) a 2-1 lead.
Gonzalez (6-4), whose start last Saturday in Philadelphia was truncated after 16 pitches because of rain, allowed four singles through six innings.
Buster Posey led off the seventh with his 14th home run of the year to left field. San Francisco (42-39) led 1-0.
Gonzalez allowed the run on five hits in seven innings. He struck out six and didn’t walk any. In the Nationals’ last 13 games, they’ve allowed just 25 runs and 11 walks.
Matt Thornton retired all three batters he faced in the eighth, and Drew Storen polished off the Giants in the ninth for his 24th save.
NOTES: Denard Span’s on-base streak is at 23 games. Michael A. Taylor’s ended at 18. … In his debut with the Racing Presidents, Calvin Coolidge won by pushing Teddy aside at the tape. … Madison Bumgarner (8-4, 2.99) faces Stephen Strasburg (5-5, 5.49) at 11:05 a.m. on Saturday.
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