Garcia’s 10th-inning HR lifts Nationals over Rays

Garcia’s 10th-inning HR lifts Nationals over Rays

On the first pitch he saw in the 10th inning, rookie Luis Garcia belted a two-run homer carrying 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 place 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 runs and just fifth hit Anderson had given up in 15 appearances.Regular starter Josh Fleming relieved opener Pete Fairbanks and worked the bulk of the game by going 3 2/3 shutout innings and getting nine of his 11 outs on grounders for the Rays.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).Right fielder Adam Eaton nearly made a spectacular diving catch in the second and was replaced by Josh Harrison in the fourth, but no update on his condition was announced.