On the first pitch he saw in the 10th inning, rookie Luis Garcia belted a two-run homer to lift the Washington Nationals to a 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday afternoon in St. Petersburg, Fla.
With Carter Kieboom placed on second base as part of the 2020 extra-innings rule, Garcia smoked the first offering from reliever Nick Anderson (1-1).
Kyle McGowin fanned the side in the bottom of the 10th to earn his first save in relief of closer Daniel Hudson (2-2), who blew his fifth save this season with two outs in the ninth.
The two-run home run accounted for the first run and just fifth hit Anderson has given up in 15 appearances. He was charged only one run baserunners who score after leading off an extra inning on second base do not count as an earned run for the pitcher.
Pete Fairbanks served as the Rays’ opener and gave up one hit and no runs in one inning. Ryan Thompson got one out and gave up two hits in the second, then Josh Fleming came in and threw 3 2/3 shutout innings — the longest outing of the seven Tampa Bay pitchers. He got nine of his 11 outs on grounders.
Washington’s Austin Voth turned in his best start since Aug. 8 by working five frames, allowing one run on four hits and fanning six.
Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-run homer for Nationals (18-29), who won the season series 3-1 from the first-place Rays (31-18).