They combined to hand Hernandez one of the more forgettable performances of his career.
Rendon hit the first of Washington’s four homers off Hernandez, and the Nationals showed off their power in an 8-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night that snapped a three-game losing streak.
“I don’t think it was necessarily what he did, it’s more what we did,” Desmond said. “We brought a good approach to the plate today and we were able to fight off some tough pitches. He was making good pitches down in the zone and we forced him to get the ball up and we were able to make him pay.”
Hernandez lasted seven innings and was charged with five runs and 10 hits. He is 0-2 with a 5.09 ERA in his last three starts.
“I couldn’t get out of the middle of the plate the first four innings,” Hernandez said.
Bryce Harper and Ramos went deep in the eighth against Joe Beimel.
Jordan Zimmermann (10-5) struck out eight in six innings for Washington. He allowed two runs and seven hits while improving to 4-0 in six August starts.
Zimmermann gave up two runs in the first and threw 33 pitches. The long inning became a benefit as the fatigue helped him keep the ball down in the zone.
“I was a little strong the first, second inning. Fastball was up and I couldn’t get it down,” Zimmermann said. “Throwing that many pitches helped me a little bit.”
Rendon jumped on a first-pitch fastball in the middle of the strike zone for his 18th homer. The homers for Desmond and Ramos against Hernandez also came on pitches up in the zone. Werth golfed a breaking ball out to deep left-center field.
“I think they were patient enough to get good pitches to hit,” Nationals manager Matt Williams said. “When he’s successful he’s throwing the ball and it looks like it’s in the zone and it’s not. We got balls up in the strike zone today.”
Seattle lost consecutive games for the first time in more than a month and fell a game behind Detroit in the race for the second wild card in the American League.