Fister leads Nationals past Bumgarner, Giants 2-1

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 11, 2014 at 1:09 am •  Published: June 11, 2014
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Doug Fister said he never thought about what played out his last time in San Francisco once he took the mound again at AT&T Park, except for how to approach the familiar foes at the plate.

The right-hander turned in a solid performance each game — and this time he got the result he wanted.

Fister flipped the script from his previous start in San Francisco during the 2012 World Series, tossing seven scoreless innings to help the Washington Nationals beat Madison Bumgarner and the Giants 2-1 on Tuesday night.

"It's still part of how I attack a hitter or two," Fister said. "There are some of the same guys that are over there now. Some of that experience came through and determined what I chose to throw."

Bumgarner and the Giants foiled Fister and the Detroit Tigers 2-0 in Game 2 of their World Series sweep. The rematch, albeit on a regular-season stage with a different team, played out in Fister's favor.

Jayson Werth and Denard Span each drove in a run during a two-run fifth to snap Bumgarner's career-best, six-game winning streak. Werth also threw out a runner at the plate from right field in the sixth.

Fister (5-1) allowed eight hits, struck out three and walked one for his fifth straight win.

"It was a constant battle tonight," Fister said, "but we were able to do what we wanted to do."

Brandon Crawford tripled leading off the ninth and scored on Brandon Hicks' groundout for San Francisco's only run.

Tyler Clippard escaped a jam in the eighth and Rafael Soriano rebounded in the ninth for his 13th save. Washington has won three in a row and nine of 11.

"The Giants have certainly made a habit of coming back and coming back late," Nationals manager Matt Williams said. "They put together some pretty good at-bats late and gave themselves a chance. We were able to get it tonight, but you don't want to mess with that too much."

The Nationals stopped San Francisco's five-game winning streak with a 9-2 victory in Monday's series opener. And they continued to slow down the team with the best record in baseball by beating its hottest pitcher on a windy, chilly night in San Francisco's waterfront ballpark.

Span drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and Werth singled home another against Bumgarner in the fifth. That was all Washington needed to end Bumgarner's winning streak.