A teenager among men, Juan Soto has impressed his teammates on the Washington Nationals with his maturity and, even more so, his potent bat.
Soto hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth inning, and Washington beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-2 Thursday night in the deciding matchup of a three-game interleague series between neighboring rivals.
Soto, a 19-year-old rookie, is batting .326 with 16 RBI in 28 games. Starting in the cleanup spot for the first time, he drew a walk and delivered the game’s pivotal hit.
I think we’re all amazed every single day, Washington ace Max Scherzer said. He puts together great ABs. He has antics and has some flair. He’s a great young player. He’s just enjoying himself.
He has a great feel for the strike zone, Scherzer said. To have that type of eye, it’s remarkable for him to be able to do that at this time and this age and this level.
Activated from the 60-day disabled list before the game, Colby Rasmus homered for the Orioles in his first at-bat since April 6.
Me and Max, we go way back, so I felt real good, said Rasmus, who had been sidelined with a hip injury.
It was the Madison we know, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.
San Francisco won for the fourth time in five games and sent the last-place Padres to their fifth straight loss.
Bumgarner (1-2) struck out eight and walked two in his best start since coming off the disabled list. He also drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly.
It was the type of game we’ve seen so many times from him, Bochy said. We needed it because their guy pitched well, too.
Bumgarner outdueled Tyson Ross (5-5), who gave up one run and four hits in seven innings. Ross struck out three and walked three.
This is what you want to do as a pitcher, to go toe-to-toe against a guy, he said. You just have to give your team a chance to win. He was little bit better tonight.
Bumgarner began the season on the DL with a broken pinkie on his pitching hand sustained in his final spring training start when he was hit by a line drive. The ace left-hander was 0-2 with a 4.67 ERA in three previous outings since being reinstated.