Washington manager Dave Martinez insisted Trea Turner and the Nationals would snap from their scoring slump soon, even as the losses piled up and the runs didn’t.
Behind three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer, Washington didn’t need much, but got plenty.
Turner got five hits, Matt Adams homered and drove in six runs, and the Nationals broke out of their offensive funk in a big way, routing the San Francisco Giants 15-2 Wednesday to end a four-game losing streak.
The Nationals scored 14 of their 15 runs with two outs.
“This could actually jumpstart our offense,” Martinez said.
Martinez’s ballclub has been stunted by a rash of injuries this season but salvaged the final game of the three-game series at AT&T Park to end a rough 4-5 road trip. Scherzer (5-1) did his part, striking out 10 in six innings.
With Miller on the disabled list after straining his left hamstring on Wednesday, the AL Central-leading Indians used three relievers in the eighth.
Cleveland overcame a 4-0 deficit with two runs each in the sixth and seventh innings. A tie game in that spot would usually result in Miller making an appearance, but that won’t be the case for at least the next 10 days.
Jean Segura hit a leadoff groundout off Dan Otero, and Robinson Cano took a called third strike from Jeff Beliveau, who was called up from the minors before the game.
Goody (0-1) relieved and allowed consecutive doubles to Nelson Cruz and Seager. Mitch Haniger was intentionally walked, and Mike Zunino popped out.
Indians manager Terry Francona knows he’ll have to use more of a matchup strategy in the late innings without Miller, who hasn’t allowed a run this season.
“Otero came in, did a great job,” he said. “Beliveau came in and got Cano, which was good. Nick, the pitch to Cruz wasn’t a bad pitch. He was trying to get it down out of the zone and it didn’t get out of the zone, and he left a ball up to Seager.”