Nats score 12 runs after fifth inning, stun Giants 14-6

Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg allowed another first inning run and it came from the lead off man.

Strasburg_Sidebar.gifCenter fielder Gregor Blanco launched a 3-2 95 mph fastball over the right field wall and the Giants led 1-0. It was Blanco's second career leadoff home run after hitting one at Turner Field against the Braves last season. It was also the third leadoff home run by a Giants player this season. Angel Pagan accomplishing the feat the other two times.

It is the second game in a row the Giants scored early. They led 2-0 after a half inning Saturday. The Nationals came back to win that game 6-2.

Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong walked two batters in the last of the first, but got out of the jam on an Ian Desmond liner to left field.

After one, Giants lead 1-0.

Update: Travis Ishikawa crushed a solo homer to left-center field, his second homer of the season, on a 1-2 pitch from Strasbug, to extend the Giants' lead to 2-0.

On his strikeout of Vogelsong, Strasburg reached 200 strikeouts for the season, a new career-high. He has 704 strikeouts for his career.

Update II: This is not going well for Strasburg. The Giants are hitting his fastball and attacking his breaking stuff. In the the third, they racked up four more hits and three more runs, highlighted by a Michael Morse run-scoring double. The Giants lead 5-0 heading to the bottom of the third. Strasburg already has thrown 62 pitches.

Update III: The Nationals offered a counter punch in the fourth with three doubles off of Vogelsong from Jayson Werth, Adam LaRoche and Asdrubal Cabrera. The Nats trimmed the Giants' lead to 5-2.

Strasburg is done after four innings. He allowed eight hits, five earned runs, walked two and struck out four. He threw 79 pitches, 49 for strikes, allowing two home runs and one wild pitch. Craig Stammen on to pitch the fifth.

Update IV: It has been the Giants day. They added another run in the first on a triple by Blanco and a sac fly from Hunter Pence to extend the Giants lead to 6-2. They have 11 hits through 5 1/2 innings, while the Nationals have three hits.

Update V: It's not the Giants day any more. The Nationals tied a franchise record with six runs in an eight-hit sixth inning, and now lead 8-6. It's the third time in club history they've had eight hits in one inning. The most recent was July 7, 2011, against the Cubs.

Ian Desmond hit a solo homer, and also struck out to end the inning, while Jose Lobaton, pinch-hitter Scott Hairston, Werth and LaRoche all had run-scoring base hits. Another run scored on a wild pitch.

Update VI: Denard Span picked up his 49th multi-hit game for the Nationals, with his RBI single in the seventh. The hit extended the Nats' lead to 9-6.

Update VII: It's a statement day at Nats Park. The offense erupted for 12 runs after the fifth inning, including five more in the eighth. Bryce Harper hit a two-run laser shot off the right field foul pole and Danny Espinosa slammed a two-run shot in the electric inning.

The Giants led 5-0 after three innings. The Nationals had seven players with more than one hit. Lobaton tied a career-high with three hits.

The Nationals have won 12 of their last 13 games.

Final score: Nationals 14, Giants 6.

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