Kyle Schwarber hit a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning Monday to lift the Washington Nationals past the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 in the opener of a three-game series.
Tied 2-2 with two outs and facing Pittsburgh reliever Clay Holmes (2-2), Schwarber sent an 0-1 pitch into the stands in right field, his 13th homer.
Schwarber also had an RBI single, as did Juan Soto for the Nationals, who won their second game in a row and third in their past four.
Washington starter Jon Lester pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up two runs and six hits, with a walk and two strikeouts.
Kyle Finnegan (3-2) pitched a scoreless, hitless seventh.
Brad Hand pitched a one-two-three ninth for his 12th save.
Kevin Newman hit a solo homer for the Pirates, who lost their eighth straight.
Pittsburgh starter JT Brubaker went five innings, allowing two runs and four hits, with two walks and a strikeout.
In the second, Newman’s one-out homer, his second, was just fair in left. That gave Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead and made Newman 8 for 21 in his career against Lester.
Washington moved ahead in the third. Victor Robles led off with a double to center. Lester’s sacrifice bunt sent Robles to third. Schwarber followed with a single to right to drive in Robles to tie it. Trea Turner’s base hit to center moved Schwarber to third. Soto made it 2-1, driving in Schwarber with a single to center.
The Pirates tied it 2-2 in the sixth. Jacob Stallings opened with a double to center. After Phillip Evans lined out, Wander Suero relieved Lester. Newman’s single to center moved Stallings to third. Erik Gonzalez’s sacrifice fly to right scored Stallings.
–Field Level Media