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Giants put end to Nationals' 10-game win streak with 10-3 victory

  • San Francisco Giants' Joe Panik, left, gets past Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos to score a run on a double hit by teammate Travis Ishikawa during the eighth inning of a baseball game on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in Washington. The Giants defeated the Nationals 10-3. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON — The road-weary San Francisco Giants arrived at dawn Friday morning with hardly enough time to sleep, let alone prepare to face baseball’s hottest team.

Cue a Joe Panik reaction.

Panik launched his first major league home run, a three-run, go-ahead shot to center, and had his first four-hit game as the Giants defeated Washington 10-3 and ended the Nationals’ 10-game winning streak.

“I’ve been waiting a while for it — it’s been a couple months I’ve been up here,” Panik said of the home run. “But honestly, in this situation, it’s going to make it a lot more special.”

The rookie finished 4 for 5 two months and a day after his big league debut.

Buster Posey homered off Nationals starter Doug Fister (12-4) and added an RBI double, and Travis Ishikawa drove in two runs with a double to make it 6-2 before the Giants scored four more runs in the ninth.

Tim Hudson (9-9) and four relievers quieted bats of the Nationals, who apparently don’t have an inexhaustible supply of comeback wins and last-at-bat heroics.

“Over all the years I’ve came here, it’s never been a walk in the park,” said Hudson, who allowed two runs — one earned — over 5 1-3 innings for his first win since July 19. “It was close tonight for most of the game.”

Fister threw six innings and uncharacteristically gave up a pair of homers — Nos. 12 and 13 allowed this season.

San Francisco arrived in Washington in the wee hours after waiting out a nearly two-hour rain delay in Chicago. When the rain stopped, the Giants and Cubs resumed Tuesday’s suspended game, a Giants loss, before winning the nightcap 5-3.


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