SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Ryan Vogelsong shrugged off a tough start and tried to turn in a decent performance. The game just got out of hand.
Ian Desmond had a career-high five RBIs and Stephen Strasburg pitched the Washington Nationals to a 9-2 victory Monday night that ended the San Francisco Giants’ five-game winning streak.
Vogelsong (4-3) retired 10 of 11 batters during one stretch and pitched into the seventh inning. But he gave up six runs and nine hits, ending his three-game winning streak.
“I felt like I had a good game plan,” Vogelsong said. “I couldn’t make enough good pitches.”
The Nationals scored in each of the first three innings against Vogelsong, who gave up six extra-base hits.
“He was up a bit more than what we’re used to,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “He made some really good pitches at times. He got us to a good point. He regrouped and did a good job.”
Vogelsong allowed six runs over his previous 26 1-3 innings, a span of four games, before giving up six to the Nationals.
“I’m a perfectionist,” Vogelsong said. “I know it’s not going to be perfect every time out, but I threw some really good pitches and I threw some really bad ones. It wasn’t my night.”
Denard Span added a triple and two doubles to help the Nationals win for the eighth time in 10 games. Desmond had three hits and Jayson Werth drove in two runs.
Strasburg (6-4) allowed four hits over six innings and retired his final 10 hitters. He struck out seven and did not walk a batter, improving to 3-0 against the Giants with 29 strikeouts in 25 innings.
“He has good stuff,” Bochy said. “He throws 95 (mph) with a good slider and change. His ball is moving and he was on top of his game.”
Washington manager Matt Williams, who played 10 seasons with the Giants, said Strasburg was pulled as a precaution with some tightness in his back.
“He could have kept pitching,” Williams said. “The third inning he started experiencing it. Once we tacked on a couple runs late, we decided to get him out and make sure he got some treatment.”
Nationals starters have struck out 52 and walked one in their last seven games.
Desmond, who owns a .373 career batting average against the Giants, also has an impressive .434 mark (23 for 53) and 51 RBIs with the bases loaded.