Giants can't contain Nationals' offense in finale
Jeff Samardzija and four Giants relievers yielded a season-high 15 runs and 18 hits, while a Giants lineup missing Buster Posey and Mac Williamson was held in check by Max Scherzer, as San Francisco's season-best three-game win streak came to an unceremonious end on Wednesday afternoon in a 15-2 loss to the Nationals at AT&T Park.

Stratton to paternity list; Gomez called up
The Giants placed starter Chris Stratton on the paternity list prior to Wednesday's game, as the 27-year-old right-hander headed home to Mississippi to join his wife, Martha Kate, for the birth of the couple's second child. In a corresponding move, reliever Roberto Gomez was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento.

Holland set as Giants welcome Dodgers
The Giants are off on Thursday before continuing their 10-game homestand with a four-game series against the Dodgers, including a Saturday doubleheader to make up for an April 6 rainout. Lefty Derek Holland struggled with the long ball in his last start, as three of the five hits that he allowed to the Angels left the yard. He opposes Hyun-Jin Ryu in the series opener Friday at 7:15 p.m. PT at AT&T Park.

Giants power past Nats on Mac's clutch mash
Mac Williamson isn't indestructible. But he gained an aura of invincibility during the Giants' 4-3 victory Tuesday night over the Washington Nationals when he collided with one wall and cleared another with a go-ahead home run. The Giants secured their fourth victory in five games, while Washington dropped its fourth in a row.

Belt stays hot with 5th blast in last 6 games
The Giants have homered in eight consecutive games. They've derived more than half of their runs -- 45 of 78, or 58 percent -- from the long ball. Much of this can be attributed to first baseman Brandon Belt, who hiked his team-leading home run total to six with a third-inning, two-run smash off Washington's Tanner Roark in the Giants' 4-3 triumph Tuesday night at AT&T Park.


Uruguay eliminates Italy; Did Suarez bite again?
Uruguay is moving on. Italy is out of the World Cup after a 1-0 loss. Meanwhile, Luis Suarez apparently bit an opponent again.