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Joey Gallo stops rough start to the season with a homer and adds 2 more hits: ‘Thank God.’

WASHINGTON (AP) — This, then, is what was running through Joey Gallo’s mind as the miss-or-mash slugger for the Washington Nationals rounded the bases after his 447-foot, second-deck homer ended an 0-for-12 start to 2024: “Thank God. I did something good.”

And this is what his new manager, Dave Martinez, was saying in the dugout after the ball left the yard in a hurry Wednesday night in what became a 5-3 victory for Washington against the previously unbeaten Pittsburgh Pirates: “Oh, yes!”

Gallo entered the day with a batting average of .000 and finished at .188 after going 3-for-4 with that massive solo shot in the second inning, a double to right in the third and a single in the seventh. It was part of a 10-hit attack for the Nationals, who came in with a 1-3 record but can try to claim the three-game series against Pittsburgh with a win in the finale on Thursday.