SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Madison Bumgarner couldn't outlast Doug Fister on the mound the way he did the last time they started opposite each other in the 2012 World Series.
The rest of the San Francisco Giants couldn't figure out Fister, either.
Fister flipped the script from his previous start in San Francisco, tossing seven scoreless innings to help the Washington Nationals beat Bumgarner and the Giants 2-1 on Tuesday night.
"They've got a well-rounded team," Bumgarner said. "It comes down to whether they execute or not, but they've definitely got the talent over there."
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. He 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.
"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."
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.
"We've had so many timely hits from everybody that you think it's going to happen again," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "Came up short, didn't happen."
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.
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