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Slater homers, Giants chase Corbin early, beat Nationals 7-1

Austin Slater smacked a three-run homer as part of a seven-run second inning, and the San Francisco Giants cruised past the Nationals 7-1
Credit: AP
San Francisco Giants' Austin Slater, left, and Darin Ruf celebrate after the team's 7-1 win in a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Friday, April 22, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

WASHINGTON (AP) - Austin Slater smacked a three-run homer as part of a seven-run second inning against struggling Washington starter Patrick Corbin, and the San Francisco Giants cruised past the Nationals 7-1. 

Slater was hitting .105 coming into the game. He lined Corbin’s 2-1 sinker to right center with one out to make it 4-0. Brandon Crawford doubled leading off the second and then capped the scoring with a three-run double just beyond the reach of a diving Lane Thomas in left-center. That chased Corbin, who allowed seven runs on seven hits and three walks while recording just five outs. Jakob Junis got the win in relief for San Francisco.