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Harper sparks rally in 10th inning, Nationals edge Giants

CBSSports.com wire reports
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SAN FRANCISCO -- This time, Bryce Harper made the catch. And yeah, it was a relief.

Harper made a game-saving grab in right field and had a couple of big hits at the plate to help the Washington Nationals beat the San Francisco Giants 2-1 in 10 innings on Wednesday.

San Francisco had runners on first and second with one out in the eighth when Harper had to dive to grab Hunter Pence's sinking liner in the gap, keeping it tied at 1. He banged up his left knee on the play, but managed to stay in the game.

"The trainer came up to me after the eighth and said Bryce hurt his knee again," Washington manager Davey Johnson said. "I didn't want to hear that. I could not imagine taking him out there. He said he was fine. We'll fix it tomorrow."

Harper is still recovering from his dangerous collision with the outfield wall in Los Angeles a week ago. He felt he should have made the catch on Gregor Blanco's tying triple in the ninth inning of San Francisco's 4-2 victory on Tuesday night, acknowledging that the play against the Dodgers was on his mind.

So the play against Pence was a big lift for the 20-year-old phenom.

"I'm just glad I caught it," he said. "It's still in my head and I have to try and get past it. It's just going to take time."

Harper also hit his 12th home run in the sixth and sparked the winning rally with a one-out double. Ryan Zimmerman was walked intentionally before Ian Desmond had an RBI single against Jeremy Affeldt (1-1), helping the Nationals avoid a three-game series sweep.

Tyler Clippard (3-1) pitched a perfect 10th for the victory and Rafael Soriano got three outs for his 14th save. He failed to convert each of his past two chances, including Tuesday night's loss.

Buster Posey hit a tying RBI single for San Francisco in the eighth. Marco Scutaro went 0 for 3 with two walks, ending his 19-game hitting streak. He flew out to deep left to end the game.

"We played well again today," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "Really it was their defense in the eighth that won the game. They made nice plays on Pence and Belt. We ran into a well-pitched game."

Both teams failed to muster much offense in a nice pitchers' duel between Gio Gonzalez of the Nationals and Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner.

"It's never easy to give it up like that but I think we'll be OK," Bumgarner said. "They have a good team over there and they have as good a shot as anybody."

Gonzalez was charged with one run and four hits over 7 1/3 innings, throwing a season-high 116 pitches. Harper's leadoff drive was the only blemish for Bumgarner, who gave up four hits in seven innings.

"It's going to be a good plane ride home," Gonzalez said. "The defense and the bullpen kept us in it."

Bumgarner's first four outs were by strikeouts and five of the first eight. He did not strike out a batter after the third inning. He gave up a career-high nine runs -- seven earned -- in a season-low 4 2/3 innings last Friday at Colorado.

Gonzalez has been pitching better of late, giving up five runs during his past 29 innings after allowing 19 runs over his first 32 innings.

Angel Pagan made it to third with one out in the first, but Gonzalez struck out Pence and Brett Pill to end the inning.

"Gio pitched an unbelievable game," Desmond said. "He showed a lot of guts."

Gonzalez, who had his third consecutive no-decision, retired 15 of 16 hitters during one stretch.

Notes

  • Harper said his left knee was a little swollen. "Hopefully the swelling will go down," he said. "It was important to get this win and be able to go home and get comfortable."
  • Attendance at AT&T Park reached 1,040,301 for the season in home game No. 25.
  • The Nationals have hit at least one home run in 71 consecutive series.
  • RHP Jordan Zimmermann (7-2, 1.62 ERA) takes the mound for the Nationals on Friday against the Philadelphia Phillies.
  • RHP Tim Lincecum (3-3, 4.70 ERA) will start Friday for the Giants against the Colorado Rockies.
  • Giants INF Pablo Sandoval was not in the starting lineup because of an illness.
  • Giants 1B Brandon Belt felt tightness in his back and did not start.
  • The Nationals ended their longest road trip of the season (10 games).
  • Nationals OF Tyler Moore went 0 for 3 and is hitless in his past 21 at-bats.
 
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Bryce Harper, congratulated by Ryan Zimmerman after hitting a home run in the sixth inning, doubles and scores in the 10th.  (USATSI)
Bryce Harper, congratulated by Ryan Zimmerman after hitting a home run in the sixth inning, doubles and scores in the 10th. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Washington

B. Harper
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
San Francisco

B. Posey
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Denard Span, CF5010022 .266
Bryce Harper, RF5221012 .288
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B3000210 .274
Ian Desmond, SS4011101 .269
Adam LaRoche, 1B5010015 .219
Tyler Moore, LF3000002 .121
    Roger Bernadina, LF2000012 .115
Danny Espinosa, 2B3010101 .163
Kurt Suzuki, C4010002 .245
Gio Gonzalez, P2010001 .214
    Drew Storen, P0000000 .000
   a- Chad Tracy, PH1000011 .179
    Tyler Clippard, P0000000 .000
    Rafael Soriano, P0000000 .000
Totals3728247  
a-struck out for Storen in the 9th
Batting
2B - Bryce Harper (7, Affeldt), Adam LaRoche (4, Bumgarner)
HR - Bryce Harper (12, Bumgarner)
SH - Gio Gonzalez (4)
RBI - Bryce Harper (23), Ian Desmond (19)
SB - Ian Desmond (5, 2nd base off Lopez/Posey)
Team LOB - 10
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Gio Gonzalez 7.1411250 3.66
Drew Storen (BS,3) 0.2100100 4.50
Tyler Clippard (W,3-1) 1000020 2.50
Rafael Soriano (S,13) 1000000 3.00
Pitches-Strikes - Gio Gonzalez 116-73, Drew Storen 13-8, Tyler Clippard 17-10, Rafael Soriano 17-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gio Gonzalez 7-10, Drew Storen 1-1
Batters Faced - Gio Gonzalez 28, Drew Storen 4, Tyler Clippard 3, Rafael Soriano 3
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Angel Pagan, CF4110101 .260
Marco Scutaro, 2B3000200 .331
Buster Posey, C4011001 .302
Hunter Pence, RF4000014 .280
Brett Pill, 1B3000022 .200
   a- Brandon Belt, PH-1B1000002 .252
Joaquin Arias, 3B4000010 .205
Andres Torres, LF4020010 .259
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
Brandon Crawford, SS4010002 .282
Madison Bumgarner, P2000022 .167
    Jose Mijares, P0000000 .000
    Chad Gaudin, P0000000 .000
    Javier Lopez, P0000000 .000
   b- Pablo Sandoval, PH1000000 .306
    Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
    Gregor Blanco, LF1000000 .291
Totals3515137  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Pill in the 8th
b-grounded out for Lopez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Andres Torres 2 (7, G. Gonzalez, G. Gonzalez)
RBI - Buster Posey (28)
SB - Brandon Crawford (1, 2nd base off G. Gonzalez/Suzuki)
Team LOB - 7
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Madison Bumgarner 7411251 2.89
Jose Mijares 0.1100000 1.80
Chad Gaudin 0.1000100 2.08
Javier Lopez 0.1000000 2.13
Sergio Romo 1100010 2.70
Jeremy Affeldt (L,1-1) 1211110 2.70
IBB - Zimmerman by Jeremy Affeldt
Pitches-Strikes - Madison Bumgarner 115-74, Jose Mijares 4-3, Chad Gaudin 8-3, Javier Lopez 7-5, Sergio Romo 11-7, Jeremy Affeldt 25-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Madison Bumgarner 9-7, Chad Gaudin 1-0, Sergio Romo 1-1, Jeremy Affeldt 2-0
Batters Faced - Madison Bumgarner 27, Jose Mijares 2, Chad Gaudin 2, Javier Lopez 1, Sergio Romo 4, Jeremy Affeldt 6
Game Information
Attendance - 41175
Game Time - 3:33
Temperature - 61
Umpires - Home - Gary Darling, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Jerry Meals, Third Base - Bruce Dreckman