Mon Aug 19 10:40pm ET
By JOHN PERROTTO
A Pittsburgh Pirates fan wears a paper bag over his head while applauding before the start of the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Monday, Aug. 19, 2019, in Pittsburgh. The Pirates were losing 11-0 at the time. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Washington Nationals' Asdrubal Cabrera hits a double driving in two runs in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Monday, Aug. 19, 2019, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Washington Nationals' Matt Adams runs into second base behind Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell with double driving in Asdrubal Cabrera in the fourth inning of a baseball game, Monday, Aug. 19, 2019, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Washington Nationals' Trea Turner (7) is greeted by third base coach Bob Henley after hitting a three-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Trevor Williams, back left, in the second inning of a baseball game Monday, Aug. 19, 2019, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Trevor Williams wipes his face after walking Washington Nationals' Juan Soto in the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, Aug. 19, 2019, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Washington Nationals' Matt Adams (15) is greeted by on-deck batter Victor Robles after hitting a two-run home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, Aug. 19, 2019, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
PITTSBURGH (AP) Asdrubal Cabrera hit the last of Washington's four home runs and drove in five runs, and three relievers combined for 6 2/3 innings of one-hit ball as the Nationals thumped the Pittsburgh Pirates 13-0 on Monday night.
Adam Eaton, Matt Adams and Trea Turner also connected for the Nationals, who have scored 79 runs in their last eight games while going 7-1. They've scored 43 times in their past three, including a 15-14 loss.
Adams added two doubles and had four RBIs. Juan Soto had four of Washington's 15 hits and walked, reaching base in all five plate appearances.
Javy Guerra (2-1) pitched 3 2/3 perfect innings in relief of Joe Ross, who departed in the fourth inning. Ross was hit in the left knee by a one-hopper off the bat of Josh Bell.
Kyle McGowin and Tanner Rainey finished the four-hitter with one inning each for Washington's 11th shutout of the season.
The Nationals scored four runs off Trevor Williams (5-6) in each of the first two innings.
Williams was removed after the second and was charged with eight runs - six earned - while giving up six hits and three walks. Pittsburgh fell to 7-28 since the All-Star break.
Eaton homered with one out it the first and Adams added a two-run blast following a sacrifice fly by Cabrera. Turner's three-run homer highlighted the second, which included an RBI double by Adams.
The Nationals moved within five games of first-place Atlanta, which was idle, in the NL East and continue to lead the wild-card standings.
Cabrera hit a two-run double in the fifth and scored on Adams' double as the Nationals ran the lead to 11-0. He added a two-run homer in the ninth.
Bell's single off Ross' knee in the fourth gave the Pirates runners at first and third with one out. However, Guerra got Colin Moran to hit into a double play.
Nationals: RHP Max Scherzer is scheduled to be activated from the injured list Thursday and start in the finale of the four-game series. The three-time Cy Young Award winner has pitched once over the past six weeks because of a strained muscle in his back. ... 1B Ryan Zimmerman had his rehab assignment transferred to Single-A Potomac from Double-A Harrisburg.
Pirates: C Elias Diaz was removed after the fourth inning as a precaution after being struck in the facemask by a foul tip.
Nationals 2B Brian Dozier was placed on paternity leave and INF Adrian Sanchez was recalled from Harrisburg. Dozier can miss up to three days.
HIT NO. 1
Pirates rookie right-hander Montana DuRapau had his first major-league hit, a single to right field in the third inning off Ross. It came in DuRapau's 13th game and fourth at-bat.
Nationals RHP Stephen Strasburg (15-5, 3.82 ERA) will face RHP Chris Archer (3-9, 5.23) on Tuesday night. Strasburg is 8-1 with a 3.92 ERA in his last 10 starts. Archer has not won in 12 starts since June 6, going 0-4 with a 5.26 ERA.
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