The Washington Nationals hit six home runs and scored eight runs total on Friday night in the series opener in Seattle's Safeco Field, providing Jordan Zimmermann with plenty of run support in the Nats' 8-3 win over the Mariners.
Stephen Strasburg received three runs of support on Saturday and the Nationals improved to 42-5 in the '09 no.1 overall pick's career when he's provided with 3+ runs of support in his starts.
It wasn't quite the offensive explosion the people of Seattle and the Mariners were subjected to in the first game of this weekend's three-game set, but it was enough scoring on a night when Strasburg put together what Nats' skipper Matt Williams said was likely his best start of the season.
The Nationals scored two runs early on their seventh home run in two games in Safeco Field, then added a third run in the fifth inning.
"We got the two-run homer in the first from Jayson [Werth]," Williams said, "and then had [Jose Lobaton] on the move 3-2 and Anthony [Rendon] hit a ball in the gap. They just continue to battle. There weren't a whole bunch of them tonight, but just enough."
Werth's home run was his second of the series, his third this month and his 15th of 2014.
The 35-year-old outfielder's 1 for 3 night at the plate on Saturday left him with a .324/.432/.521 line in August and a .288/.381/.451 line on the year. HIs first-inning home run was a two-run blast that followed an out after an error that put leadoff man Denard Span on base.
Rendon's 34th double of his second major league season was a two-out, two-base hit that drove Jose Lobaton in after the Nationals' backup backstop singled with one down in the fifth.
The 24-year-old infielder's 1 for 4 night gave Rendon hits in five straight games. On the month, the 2011 1st Round pick now has a .297/.355/.514 line. On the year, he has a .281/.340/.471 line.
Jose Lobaton has only played eight games this month, but the 28-year-old catcher has made the most of his opportunities.
After going 3 for 4 in each of his last two starts, he's 11 for 29 in August (.379/.438/.414).
"He does a really good job behind the plate," Williams said after the 3-1 win over the Mariners, "and for him to get a few hits in one of those games is important for him too. It's important for him to keep his timing and his rhythm up there as well, so that's why we try to get him in there as often as possible."
Lobaton's getting the day of on Sunday with Wilson Ramos back behind the plate:
So far in August, Ramos is 24 for 84 with three doubles and six home runs in 21 games and 85 plate appearances (.286/.294/.536). On the year, he's up to a .288/.324/.432 line.
Can the Nationals make it three in a row over the Mariners after they dropped three-straight to the Phillies in Philadelphia to start the current road trip?
Can they make it twelve in a row over Seattle since 2005?