After a tough May, Nats’ Rendon opens June hot at the plate

June 4

Anthony Rendon entered Wednesday’s game with seven homers and 29 RBIs in 2014. (Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

It’s been a streaky season for Anthony Rendon.

Starting off strong, the Nationals infielder held a .316 batting average at the end of April. But the month of May wasn’t kind to Rendon, who recorded just 21 hits in 99 at-bats and watched his batting average reach a season-low .251 on May 28.

Like any streaky hitter, Rendon is showing signs of snapping out of his funk; he hit one home run against the Rangers and another against the Phillies in the Nationals’ three games prior to Wednesday.

Despite the sluggish May, Rendon entered Wednesday’s game leading Washington in runs scored (37), plate appearances (245) and triples (four).

“Overall, yeah, it’s been fine,” he said. “But I’m only worried about now.”

Rendon started breaking out of his slump during last weekend’s Rangers series. Going without a multihit game since May 6, Rendon got two or more hits in back-to-back games. In Saturday’s contest, Rendon went 4-for-5 with a home run, three runs scored and one RBI.

“He works really hard at his craft,” manager Matt Williams said.

The Nationals are 9-4 this season when Rendon posts two hits or more in a game, and they’re 6-1 when he hits a home run.

Rendon, 23, is still learning how to manage the struggles of the game at the highest level.

“It’s just trying to figure it out,” he said. “It’s like when you get sick. You don’t know why you got sick, but you know you are.”

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