Denard Span hit two of Washington’s four homers, Gio Gonzalez got his first victory of the second half and the Nationals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-4 Monday night in a matchup of division leaders.
Hamels was pulled after six innings. He struck out seven, walked five, hit a batter and threw 108 pitches on a warm Monday afternoon at Turner Field. He left for a pinch-hitter in the seventh.
Porter joined the Astros for the 2013 season after working as a third base coach for the Washington Nationals.
Dustin Ackley homered and drove in four runs and the Seattle Mariners averted a three-game sweep, beating the Washington Nationals 5-3 Sunday.
Second in the AL West, the Athletics were looking to add a hitter after trading Yoenis Cespedes to the Boston Red Sox for starter Jon Lester before the July 31 nonwaiver deadline.
Strasburg (11-10) went 7 2/3 innings Saturday night and struck out eight, increasing his NL-best total to 210.
Ian Desmond, Anthony Rendon, Wilson Ramos and Jayson Werth had never faced Felix Hernandez prior to Friday night. They combined to hand the Mariners’ ace one of the more forgettable performances of his career.
Petit set down the first eight Colorado hitters he faced Thursday, setting the record by striking out Charlie Culberson and drawing a standing ovation at AT&T Park.
After redefining the criteria for the Cy Young Award in 2010 when he won the honor despite a 13-12 record, Hernandez is steamrolling toward a second. His video-game numbers have him as the clear favorite at this point.
Washington was picked by many observers to be one of the NL playoff favorites going into the season. But the burdens put on Williams shoulders to get this Nationals team where it is now — with one of the best records in the NL, comfortably on top of the division — put him right there.
Pinch-hitter Grady Sizemore hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth inning, helping the Philadelphia Phillies beat the NL East-leading Washington Nationals 8-4 Wednesday night to complete a three-game sweep.
Gonzalez couldn’t quite match Cole Hamels, who carried a shutout into the seventh but departed after giving up two runs that inning followed by a leadoff homer to Asdrubal Cabrera in the eighth. But this ultimately was a better performance by Gonzalez than several recent ones.