Nationals use power surge to beat Rangers, snap 5-game skid

8 July 2023; Washington, District of Columbia, United States; Washington Nationals third baseman Ildemaro Vargas (14) singles against the Texas Rangers during the fifth inning at Nationals Park.
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Jammer Candelario hit a three-run homer, and Joey Meneses and Alex Call also led the hosts. washington nationals beat up Texas Rangers 8-3 on Saturday ended a five-match losing streak

citizensWinning for only the second time in their last 17 home games, the hosts raced to an 8-0 lead through three innings and then waited out a 77-minute rain delay before the fourth.

Washington starter Jake Irvin (2-5) returned after a delay and quickly gave up a walk to Adolis Garcia and a two-run homer to Josh Jung. In five innings, the rookie right-hander allowed two runs on five hits and two walks with one strikeout.

Jung added a solo shot in the sixth against Jordan Weems. It was Jung’s 19th homer of the season.

Texas left-hander Andrew Heaney (5-6) was held to eight runs (seven earned) on eight hits with a walk and four strikeouts over three innings. rangersThe American League West leaders have lost five of their last seven games

Heaney had earlier failed to record a first out citizens took the lead. CJ Abrams and Lane Thomas hit singles, and Candelario hit a variation over the wall in center field for his 13th home run of the season. Three pitches later, Meneses cranked his fifth homer of the season for a 4–0 lead.

Call also launched his fifth home run of the season after a leadoff walk from Luis Garcia in the second. It appeared that center fielder Leody Taveras put a glove on him while attempting to get the ball back into the park, but it continued over the wall for Call’s second homer in three games.

Later in the inning, Thomas singled, stole second, and scored on Meneses’ double to make it 7–0.

Luis Garcia tripled in the third with two outs and scored on a throwing error. rangers Second baseman Marcus Semien made it 8-0.

Weems, Kyle Finnegan and Amos Willingham combined to work four innings, allowing one run on three hits with no walks and three strikeouts.

Grant Anderson pitched four scoreless innings rangers, he dismissed three

Adolis Garcia was ejected in the eighth by plate umpire Gabe Morales for arguing a called strike.

–Field Level Media

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