SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ian Desmond was looking to go deep in his last at-bat. He settled for a lopsided Washington win.
Desmond had a career-high five RBIs and Stephen Strasburg won his third straight decision for the Nationals in their 9-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Monday night.
Desmond came to the plate in the ninth inning needing a home run for the cycle — and he swung for the fences.
"You don't get that opportunity very often," he said. "For the record, I probably shouldn't have slammed the bat after I got out. I was caught up in the moment."
Denard Span added a triple and two doubles to help the Nationals win for the eighth time in 10 games. Desmond had three hits and Jayson Werth drove in two runs.
San Francisco had its five-game winning streak snapped.
Strasburg (6-4) allowed four hits over six innings and retired his final 10 hitters. He struck out seven and did not walk a batter, improving to 3-0 against the Giants with 29 strikeouts in 25 innings.
Nationals starters have struck out 52 and walked one in their last seven games.
Washington manager Matt Williams, who played 10 seasons with the Giants, said Strasburg was pulled as a precaution with some tightness in his back.
"He could have kept pitching," Williams said. "The third inning he started experiencing it. Once we tacked on a couple runs late, we decided to get him out and make sure he got some treatment."
Ryan Vogelsong (4-3) retired 10 of 11 batters during one stretch and pitched into the seventh. But he gave up six runs and nine hits, ending his three-game winning streak.
"I threw some really good pitches and I threw some really bad ones," Vogelsong said. "I just had a bad night, that's all."
Brandon Crawford and Joaquin Arias each drove in a run for the Giants.
Strasburg set down 13 of 14 batters after Crawford's RBI single.
"My changeup was working really well," Strasburg said. "It kept them off the fastball. I didn't need to use my curve that much. I was able to throw the change for strikes."