The opponent hasn't made much of a difference to the red-hot Marco Scutaro .
Sandoval has gone 12 for 28 with two home runs and six RBIs in his last eight meetings with Washington, getting two hits in each of the past three.
The third baseman did the Nationals in Tuesday, overcoming flu-like symptoms to connect for a two-run walkoff homer in a 4-2, 10-inning win. He was also 2 for 5 a day earlier but didn't need to deliver any late-game clutch hitting as the Giants (26-20) coasted to an 8-0 victory in the opener of this three-game set."We love pressure. It's our favorite part," Sandoval said.
He seems to especially enjoy it against the Nationals (23-23), as his other career walkoff homer was a three-run shot versus Washington in a 9-7 home win May 12, 2009.
Scutaro will be trying to match a career-high 20-game hitting streak from the end of last season, as the second baseman has batted .481 during his run.
Scutaro is 8 for 20 in five meetings with Washington while with San Francisco. However, he's 2 for 17 versus Gio Gonzalez (3-2, 4.01 ERA) and went 0 for 5 against him last year.
Sandoval is 1 for 7 against Gonzalez, who's been much more effective at home than on the road.
The left-hander has gone 1-1 with a 6.10 ERA in four road outings compared to 2-1 with a 2.61 ERA in five in the nation's capital.
He was shaky early at San Diego on Friday, giving up two runs - one earned - in the opening inning before allowing one more and exiting with two outs in the seventh of a 6-5, 10-inning win.
"I was able to make some in-game adjustments and get back on track," Gonzalez said. "It's always good when you can do that. It's also good when things go wrong in a game and the team can rally together and still get the win."
Gonzalez has gone 2-2 with a 3.26 ERA in five career starts versus the Giants.
He'll be looking to end Washington's four-game slide, during which it's been outscored 27-7.
The left-hander can help the Giants complete their first sweep of Washington since taking three games at home July 22-24, 2008.
Bumgarner, though, has posted a 6.62 ERA while dropping two of his last three starts. He was battered for a career-high nine runs in 4 2-3 innings of a 10-9 loss at Colorado on Friday.
He's 2-2 with a 3.00 ERA in four starts against the Nationals. Bumgarner tossed a five-hitter for a 6-1 victory in the most recent matchup - and his only home win against Washington - Aug. 14.
|May 20, 2013||Ryan Mattheus||15-Day DL||Fractured right hand|
|May 20, 2013||Ryan Mattheus||Day-to-Day||Broken right hand|
|May 16, 2013||Wilson Ramos||15-Day DL||Left hamstring strain|
|May 14, 2013||Bryce Harper||Day-to-Day||Jammed left shoulder|
|May 11, 2013||Bryce Harper||Day-to-Day||Ingrown toenail|
|May 10, 2013||Jayson Werth||Day-to-Day||Strained right hamstring|
|San Francisco Giants|
|May 21, 2013||Santiago Casilla||15-Day DL||Cyst on right knee|
|May 21, 2013||Ryan Vogelsong||15-Day DL||Broken right hand - out 6-8 weeks|
|May 20, 2013||Ryan Vogelsong||Day-to-Day||Left game - Broken right hand|
|May 08, 2013||Santiago Casilla||Day-to-Day||Left game - right knee|
|May 04, 2013||Angel Pagan||Day-to-Day||Strained right hamstring|
|April 15, 2013||Jeremy Affeldt||15-Day DL||Strained right oblique|
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Ian Desmond singled in Bryce Harper in the 10th inning, and the Washington Nationals beat the San Francisco Giants 2-1 on Wednesday to avoid a three-game series sweep.
Harper hit his 12th homer in the sixth and sparked the winning rally with a one-out double. Ryan Zimmerman was walked intentionally before Desmond came up with his big hit against Jeremy Affeldt (1-1).
Tyler Clippard (3-1) pitched a perfect 10th for the win and Rafael Soriano got three outs for his 14th save. He failed to convert each of his last two chances, including Tuesday night's 4-2 loss.
Buster Posey hit a tying RBI single for San Francisco in the eighth. Marco Scutaro went 0 for 3 with two walks, ending his 19-game hitting streak. He flew out to deep left to end the game.
Both teams failed to muster much offense in a nice pitchers' duel between Gio Gonzalez of the Nationals and Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner .
Gonzalez was charged with one run and four hits over 7 1-3 innings, throwing a season-high 116 pitches. Harper's leadoff drive in the sixth was the only blemish for Bumgarner, who gave up four hits in seven innings.
Bumgarner's first four outs were by strikeouts and five of the first eight. He did not strike out a batter after the third inning. He gave up a career-high nine runs - seven earned - in a season-low 4 2-3 innings last Friday at Colorado.
Gonzalez has been pitching better of late, giving up five runs over his last 29 innings after allowing 19 runs over his first 32 innings.
Angel Pagan made it to third with one out in the first, but Gonzalez struck out Hunter Pence and Brett Pill to end the inning.
Gonzalez, who had his third consecutive no-decision, retired 15 of 16 hitters during one stretch.
NOTES: Attendance at AT&T Park reached 1,040,301 for the season in home game No. 25. ... The Nationals have hit at least one home run in 71 consecutive series. ... RHP Jordan Zimmerman (7-2, 1.62 ERA) takes the mound for the Nationals on Friday against the Philadelphia Phillies . ... RHP Tim Lincecum (3-3, 4.70 ERA) starts Friday's game for the Giants against the Colorado Rockies . ... Giants INF Pablo Sandoval was not in the starting lineup because of an illness. ... Giants 1B Brandon Belt felt tightness in his back and did not start. ... The Nationals ended their longest road trip of the season (10 games). ... Nationals OF Tyler Moore went 0 for 3 and is hitless in his last 21 at-bats.