PITTSBURGH — Gregory Polanco drove in four runs in the first two innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates went on to a 6-3 victory over the Washington Nationals on Monday night.
Polanco hit a two-run double in the first as the Pirates started the game with four straight hits, then added a two-run home run in the second, his 13th of the season to extend the lead to 6-1.
Ivan Nova (5-6) worked around eight hits to hold the Nationals to three runs over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out five and did not issue a walk.
Felipe Vazquez pitched the ninth for his 19th save of the season as Pittsburgh won its second straight after a five-game skid.
Juan Soto and Bryce Harper each hit solo home runs for Washington, which has lost 10 of its last 14.
Corey Dickerson started the bottom of the first with a single, Starling Marte doubled and they both scored on Polanco’s double. Colin Moran drove in Polanco with a double one batter later.
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