WASHINGTON — CJ Abrams homered on his bobblehead night, Josiah Gray earned his first win since June 30, and the Washington Nationals routed the San Francisco Giants 10-1 Saturday night.
With a victory Sunday, Washington can complete its first series sweep since taking both games from Toronto in August 2021. The Nationals haven’t swept a three-game series since June 2021 against Pittsburgh.
San Francisco has lost four in a row since a seven-game winning streak spanning the All-Star break. The Giants fell four games behind the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers, their biggest deficit in the division race since July 4.
Abrams ended San Francisco starter Logan Webb’s night by sending a two-run homer into the first row of seats in right-center to cap a six-run second inning. It was the first time the shortstop went deep in back-to-back games, and he also collected his 10th multihit game of July after recording 13 in his first 81 games.
The second-year player is hitting .413 (19 of 46) in 11 games since moving into the leadoff spot July 7.
The Nationals scored their first two runs when Dominic Smith and Corey Dickerson delivered RBI singles. Both came around on Alex Call’s double to make it 4-0, and Call scored on Abrams’ homer.
Gray (7-8) settled in after walking three of the Giants’ first five batters, scattering four hits and striking out four over seven innings to match his longest career outing. The All-Star yielded J.D. Davis’ sacrifice fly in the third, which began a run of retiring 13 of the last 15 hitters he faced.
Webb (8-8) allowed six runs and struck out two over 1 1/3 innings, his shortest outing in 98 career starts. He pitched at least five innings in each of his 20 prior starts this season.