Nats hit 4 HRs off King Felix, down M's
Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - Wilson Ramos smacked a pair of solo homers and the Washington Nationals defeated the Seattle Mariners, 8-3, in the opener of a three-game set.
Jayson Werth cracked a two-run shot, while Anthony Rendon, Ian Desmond and Bryce Harper clubbed solo blasts for the Nationals, who snapped a three-game losing streak.
"We brought a good approach to the plate today," said Desmond. "We forced (Hernandez) to get the ball up and were able to make him pay."
Rendon finished 4-for-4 with two runs scored and Harper posted three hits.
Jordan Zimmermann (10-5) struck out eight and surrendered two runs on seven hits and a walk over six frames to notch the win.
Felix Hernandez (13-5) served up a career-high four homers, allowing five runs on 10 hits and a walk over seven innings for Seattle, which has dropped three of its last four contests.
"Felix is human," Mariners interim manager Trent Jewett said. "It's going to happen."
Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon missed the game due to his daughter's wedding.
The Mariners led 2-1 following an inning of play, but Washington plated two runs in the third, fourth and eighth innings to surge ahead.
Rendon worked a two-out walk in the third before Werth golfed a slider into the patrons in left-center.
In the fourth, Desmond led off the frame by whacking a belt-high fastball over the wall in left. Ramos circled the bases two batters later with a no-doubt shot to left.
Harper went yard to right-center for his 50th career homer with two outs in the eighth and Ramos followed with his second blast of the night to give the Nats a 7-2 advantage.
Adam LaRoche added a sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth, while Endy Chavez's RBI double in the bottom half capped the scoring.
Earlier, Rendon's one-out homer opened the scoring for Washington, but RBI singles by Kendrys Morales and Kyle Seager in the home first gave Seattle its 2-1 edge.
The Nationals pounded out 14 hits ... Seattle announced earlier Friday that first baseman Miguel Montero will sit the rest of the season following a confrontation with Butch Baccala during a minor-league game ... The Nationals were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position, while Seattle finished 3- for-10.
08/30 02:50:53 ET