WASHINGTON, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Hector Sanchez, with San Francisco down to its final strike, hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning Thursday to give the Giants a 4-3 win over Washington.
San Francisco avoided a three-game sweep at the hands of the Nationals.
The next two batters were retired, but Roger Kieschnick drew a walk to bring up Sanchez as a pinch hitter.
Sanchez fell behind 0-2, then worked the count full before driving his first home run of the season out to right. It was the fifth game for Sanchez since coming off the disabled list. He had hit only three other home runs in his three-year career, all of them coming last season.