The Nationals and the Giants each scored runs in the second inning. San Francisco left fielder Roger Kieschnick singled in Hunter Pence. Ian Desmond answered for the Nats with his 17th home run of the season.
The Nationals busted the game open in the fourth inning by scoring five runs. Anthony Rendon‘s double scored Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth. Adam LaRoche scored on a Kurt Suzuki single. A wild pitch by Tim Lincecum allowed Rendon to cross the plate. Ryan Zimmerman drove in Suzuki on an infield single.
The Giants threatened in the eighth and ninth innings. Brandon Belt hit a solo shot off of Ian Krol. Ryan Mattheus gave up a two run double to Pablo Sandoval. Belt later drove in Andres Torres in the ninth to make the score 6-5 before Rafael Soriano was able to hold on for the Nats and complete the save.