By Michael Marzzacco
Tanner Roark threw seven shutout innings, Ben Revere made a Willie Mays-like catch, Wilson Ramos homered, and Mark Melancon picked up his first save in a Nationals uniform in a 1-0 Nats victory over the Giants on Sunday afternoon in The District.
Madison Bumgarner took the loss despite an impressive outing of eight innings and seven strikeouts. His only blemish came on that Ramos home run. He finished allowing just two hits.
The Nats two hits against Bumgarner were the only two hits they had in the game. It was the fewest hits they had in a win in team history.
Roark was equally impressive in the pitcher’s duel: Seven innings of shutout ball, just five hits allowed with five strikeouts. He got the win and improved his record to 12-6.
The biggest highlights of the game occurred in the seventh inning. In the top half of the frame with a runner on, Brandon Belt was up. He launched it into deep centerfield towards the wall. Revere turned around, sprinted towards the wall and made the catch.
“That was a Willie Mays catch right there,” said Nationals manager Dusty Baker.
With football season on the horizon, Revere joked about trying out for the Redskins.
“I heard the Redskins were in the audience today scouting,” Revere said.
In the bottom of the seventh Ramos hit a home run over the out of town scoreboard in right-center to give the Nats the 1-0 lead.
Melancon came into the game in the ninth looking to slam the door. He got Joe Panik to ground out while striking out Conor Gillaspie and Hunter Pence to end the game, picking up his first save in a Nationals uniform and his 31st save of the season.
The Nats have an off day on Monday but return to action on Tuesday as they host the Indians for a two game series. First pitch is at 7:05.