SAN FRANCISCO — This weekend was supposed to make up a good chunk of the season’s toughest run of games. Instead, it’s turned into a party for a Giants team that continues to smoke tough pitchers.
A night after bruising Max Scherzer, the Giants throttled Gio Gonzalez and the Nationals 12-6 to win their third straight. They’re 4-1 on a homestand that came on the heels of a four-game sweep at the hands of the Cubs. The demolition started in the third Saturday, when the Giants — trailing 2-0 at the time — put six runs on Gonzalez and knocked him out a night after Scherzer lasted just three innings.
Kelby Tomlinson ignited the big rally with a triple to right-center. After two walks loaded the bases, Gregor Blanco hit an RBI single and Matt Duffy hit a three-run double. Brandon Belt’s single tacked on another run, and Belt raced home and scored just ahead of the tag when Brandon Crawford lined a shot into center. The Giants sent 10 batters to the plate in the inning, getting five hits and two walks.
Jake Peavy ran into trouble in the sixth, but the Giants kept adding on throughout the night as they pulled away. They scored three in the fifth — with Tomlinson getting a two-run double — and added a run in the bottom of the sixth. Duffy's double brought a run home in the eighth and Posey singled him home.
Starting pitching report: Peavy gave up one of the longest home runs in this park’s history. Ian Desmond hit a moonshot that landed in the concourse beyond the left-field bleachers and went an estimated 477 feet, but Peavy settled in and threw three straight scoreless frames. He fell apart in the sixth, giving up three runs before Bruce Bochy called for George Kontos. In all, Peavy was charged with five earned in 5 2/3 innings.
Bullpen report: The Giants had a game today and it wasn’t a complete game so Kontos pitched. He’s made 55 appearances, already a career-high. Oh, he didn’t give up a run, either.
At the plate: There are 26 National League players with at least 56 RBI. Four of them are Giants infielders. Duffy got to 59 on this night and Belt’s double in the seventh gave him 56. Posey (78) and Crawford (72) rank in the top 10 in the league.
In the field: The Nats turned the best 3-4-1 putout you’ll ever see. So there was that.
Attendance: The Giants announced a crowd of 41,916 people who couldn’t get Taylor Swift tickets.
Up next: The Giants go for the sweep behind Madison Bumgarner, who likes sweeps. He’ll face talented rookie Joe Ross (3-4, 3.44).