The Washington Nationals have sent the San Francisco Giants a message by taking the first two games of this four-game series by winning 2-1 Tuesday night. Madison Bumgarner saw his career-best six-game winning streak snapped and suffered his first loss since April 28th.
Bumgarner pitched seven innings on the night and it was the seventh time this season he has pitched at least seven innings or later. The Giants lefty is now 8-4 on the year and the team is 9-5 in his starts. Since 2011, the Giants are 8-13 versus the Nationals and 13-10 in one-run games this season. The orange and black had not lost two games in row since dropping a pair last month on May 16-17 to the Miami Marlins.
Pablo Sandoval recorded his third three-hit game of the year and the Giants have struggled this series with runners in scoring position, going 3-for-14 in two games. The Giants are 7-5 at home against the National League East and will look to salvage at least a split with the Nationals.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday that Santiago Casilla might rejoin the team next Tuesday in Chicago against the White Sox. Bochy said the team will determine his return after his performances with the Giants' Class A Advanced San Jose affiliate. Casilla will pitch one inning Thursday and two innings on Saturday.
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