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Weary bullpen squanders lead; Nationals blast Giants

  • Washington Nationals'’ Adam LaRoche (25) slides safely into second base on his RBI doubled that scored Washington Nationals’ Jayson Werth as San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik, left, attempt the tag during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Washington. The Nationals won 14-6. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

WASHINGTON — Ryan Vogelsong wanted to stay in Sunday’s game.

Perhaps he had a premonition.

A beleaguered bullpen gave up 11 runs in the final 22/3 innings as the San Francisco Giants fell 14-6 to the Washington Nationals on Sunday.

“I felt like I was getting stronger,” said Vogelsong, who allowed three runs on four hits and four walks before manager Bruce Bochy removed him with one out in the sixth. “Didn’t I feel physically good enough to keep pitching? Yeah, but it’s his call.”

Jeremy Affeldt (3-2) allowed five hits and five runs in the sixth without retiring a batter in Vogelsong’s relief. Juan Gutierrez allowed five runs in the ninth to turn a still-winnable contest into a laugher.

Craig Stammen (4-4) allowed a run in two innings of relief after a labored four-inning outing from starter Stephen Strasburg.

Gregor Blanco and Travis Ishikawa homered early for the Giants, who ended their road trip 3-3 despite snapping the Nationals’ 10-game winning streak on Friday night.

Ian Desmond, Bryce Harper and Danny Espinosa each homered and drove in two runs to help the Nationals post their highest runs total this season.

Jose Lobaton doubled among his three hits, drove in a run and scored three times for NL-East leading Washington, which pounded out 18 hits against the Giants--14 against their bullpen.

“They’ve been terrific,” said Giants manager Bruce Bochy of his pen, which entered Sunday with a 2.57 ERA, third-best in the majors. “We turn it over to the pen and they do a great job. Our guys . I feel for them. They played so well early and that’s a tough one to let get away.”


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