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Schwarber hits 2 HRs, Ross dominant as Nats beat Giants 5-0

Kyle Schwarber became the sixth player in the history of the Washington Nationals and Montreal Expos franchise to homer in both the first and second innings, driving in four runs in a 5-0 win over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday,

Joe Ross allowed five hits in eight innings as the Nationals gained a four-game split.

Schwarber his his seventh career leadoff homer, his second in as many days, and hit a three-run drive in the second off Johnny Cueto (4-3) for a 4-0 lead. The pitch he hit for second home run was 4.19 feet above the plate, according to MLB Statcast, the highest pitch hit for a home run by Nationals/Expos player since pitch-tracking began in 2008.

Washington Nationals' Kyle Schwarber celebrates his home run with Trea Turner (7) and Juan Soto (22) during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Sunday, June 13, 2021, in Washington. (AP PhotoNick Wass)

He joined Ron LeFlore (1980), Wil Cordero (1995), Moises Alou (1996), Mark Grudzielanek (1998) and Bryce Harper (2017 and 2018) in homering in each of the first two innings for the Nationals/Expos franchise.

Schwarber had his ninth multihomer game and first since Aug. 30, 2020, for the Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati. He leads the Nationals with 12 homers.

Josh Harrison had four hits and scored a run for Washington, which had scored three runs in the first three games of the series.

Washington Nationals left fielder Kyle Schwarber (12), Juan Soto, right, and Victor Robles, back center obscured, celebrate after a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Sunday, June 13, 2021, in Washington. The Nationals won 5-0. (AP PhotoNick Wass)

Ross (3-6) struck out a season-high nine and walked none, retiring 13 in a row of Mike Yastrzemski's first-inning double., Ross had been 0-5 in his previous seven starts.

He became the first pitcher to throw more than seven innings against the Giants this season.

Sam Clay pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, finishing the Nationals' sixth shutout this season. The Giants were blanked for the fourth time, the second in the series.

Washington Nationals' Kyle Schwarber, left, and Sam Clay celebrate after a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Sunday, June 13, 2021, in Washington. The Nationals won 5-0.(AP PhotoNick Wass)

San Francisco entered with 13 wins in its previous 16 road games but had three runs and 17 hits in the series.

Cueto gave up five runs — four earned — nine hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings.

SACRIFICES

Washington Nationals left fielder Kyle Schwarber (12) can't catch a foul ball hit by San Francisco Giants' Steven Duggar in foul territory during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, June 13, 2021, in Washington. The Nationals won 5-0.(AP PhotoNick Wass)

Ross laid down three sacrifice bunts which matched Gio Gonzalez on May 2, 2015, against the Mets for the most since the franchise started in Washington in 2005.

ROSTER MOVE

San Francisco optioned lefty reliever Caleb Baragar to Triple-A Sacramento. The 27-year-old is 2-1 with a 0.49 ERA in 22 appearances this season and earned his first career save in the Giants’ 2-1 win in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader.

Washington Nationals' Kyle Schwarber (12) is out at second as San Francisco Giants second baseman Donovan Solano, right, throws to first to complete the double play on Yan Gomes during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, June 11, 2021, in Washington. (AP PhotoNick Wass)

TRAINER’S ROOM

Giants: Cueto was shaken up attempting to field a Victor Robles bunt in the second but stayed in the game.

Nationals: Manager Dave Martinez said that RHP Stephen Strasburg (neck) will have a follow-up appointment with a specialist this week. Martinez said the Nationals are waiting for Strasburg’s nerve irritation to subside before having him begin throwing. ... RHP Max Scherzer, who injured his groin on Friday, played catch in the outfield before Sunday’s game. Martinez said Scherzer is scheduled for a bullpen session Monday, the results of which will determine if he takes his next scheduled turn in the rotation on June 16.

Washington Nationals' Josh Harrison gestures at second base after he hit a double during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Sunday, June 13, 2021, in Washington. (AP PhotoNick Wass)

UP NEXT

Giants: It was unclear who will start Monday's four-game series opener against visiting Arizona.

Nationals: LHP Jon Lester (0-2, 4.19 ERA) is 13-6 with a 3.17 ERA in 26 starts against Pittsburgh going into Monday's series opener.

San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey throws to first to get out Washington Nationals' Joe Ross during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, June 13, 2021, in Washington. (AP PhotoNick Wass)

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San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Johnny Cueto, center, walks to the dugout after he was pulled during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Sunday, June 13, 2021, in Washington. (AP PhotoNick Wass)

Washington Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman looks on after he lined out during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Sunday, June 13, 2021, in Washington. (AP PhotoNick Wass)

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Joe Ross delivers during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Sunday, June 13, 2021, in Washington. (AP PhotoNick Wass)

San Francisco Giants left fielder Mike Tauchman makes a catch on a line drive by Washington Nationals' Trea Turner for an out during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, June 13, 2021, in Washington. (AP PhotoNick Wass)