SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Juan Soto homered and the Washington Nationals pounded out a season-high 22 hits, ending an eight-game losing streak by beating the virus-ravaged San Francisco Giants 14-4 Friday night.
Jason Vosler and Joey Bart homered for the Giants, who played without several regulars due to a COVID-19 outbreak.
San Francisco first baseman Brandon Belt and reliever Dominic Leone joined outfielder Mike Yastrzemski and reliever Zack Littell on the COVID-19 injured list before the game. All four players are vaccinated and boosted. Giants outfielder Steven Duggar, currently on the 60-day injured list, also tested positive.
“We recognize that we’re going to be compromised from a roster perspective but that we’ve been compromised before,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said. “Come back tomorrow, do a really good job with our preparation and our practice and our process getting ready for the game.”
Victor Robles went 4 for 5, driving in three runs and scored three times. Josh Bell and Maikel Franco also had four hits while César Hernández and Alcides Escobar added three each.
“It felt great,” Robles said through a translator. “You’re happy about your teammates playing well and then they start cheering for you and giving you a little bit of momentum.”
The Nationals’ 14 runs were also a season best. Washington had scored just 16 total runs during its eight-game skid.
Aaron Sanchez (1-1), who pitched for the Giants last season, gave up three runs in five innings.
“Great team win, for sure,” Sanchez said. “The guys came in behind me and did their part. It was close there early, but they gave me a cushion to just go out there and attack the zone.”
Alex Wood (2-1) allowed five earned runs in five innings as San Francisco’s…