WASHINGTON — The road-weary San Francisco Giants arrived at dawn Friday morning with hardly enough time to sleep, let alone prepare to face baseball’s hottest team.
Cue a Joe Panik reaction.
Panik launched his first major league home run, a three-run, go-ahead shot to center, and had his first four-hit game as the Giants defeated Washington 10-3 and ended the Nationals’ 10-game winning streak.
“I’ve been waiting a while for it — it’s been a couple months I’ve been up here,” Panik said of the home run. “But honestly, in this situation, it’s going to make it a lot more special.”
The rookie finished 4 for 5 two months and a day after his big league debut.
Buster Posey homered off Nationals starter Doug Fister (12-4) and added an RBI double, and Travis Ishikawa drove in two runs with a double to make it 6-2 before the Giants scored four more runs in the ninth.
Tim Hudson (9-9) and four relievers quieted bats of the Nationals, who apparently don’t have an inexhaustible supply of comeback wins and last-at-bat heroics.
“Over all the years I’ve come here, it’s never been a walk in the park,” said Hudson, who allowed two runs — one earned — over 5 1-3 innings for his first win since July 19. “It was close tonight for most of the game.”