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SAN FRANCISCO -- This time, Bryce Harper made the catch. And yeah, it was a relief.
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.
"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."
"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.
"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.
|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|
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|Denard Span, CF||5||0||1||0||0||2||2||.266|
|Bryce Harper, RF||5||2||2||1||0||1||2||.288|
|Ryan Zimmerman, 3B||3||0||0||0||2||1||0||.274|
|Ian Desmond, SS||4||0||1||1||1||0||1||.269|
|Adam LaRoche, 1B||5||0||1||0||0||1||5||.219|
|Tyler Moore, LF||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.121|
|Roger Bernadina, LF||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.115|
|Danny Espinosa, 2B||3||0||1||0||1||0||1||.163|
|Kurt Suzuki, C||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.245|
|Gio Gonzalez, P||2||0||1||0||0||0||1||.214|
|Drew Storen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Chad Tracy, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.179|
|Tyler Clippard, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Rafael Soriano, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Storen in the 9th|
|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|
|Drew Storen (BS,3)||0.2||1||0||0||1||0||0||4.50|
|Tyler Clippard (W,3-1)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||2.50|
|Rafael Soriano (S,13)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||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|
|Angel Pagan, CF||4||1||1||0||1||0||1||.260|
|Marco Scutaro, 2B||3||0||0||0||2||0||0||.331|
|Buster Posey, C||4||0||1||1||0||0||1||.302|
|Hunter Pence, RF||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.280|
|Brett Pill, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||2||2||.200|
|a- Brandon Belt, PH-1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.252|
|Joaquin Arias, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.205|
|Andres Torres, LF||4||0||2||0||0||1||0||.259|
|Jeremy Affeldt, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brandon Crawford, SS||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.282|
|Madison Bumgarner, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||2||.167|
|Jose Mijares, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chad Gaudin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Javier Lopez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Pablo Sandoval, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.306|
|Sergio Romo, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Gregor Blanco, LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.291|
|a-hit into fielder's choice for Pill in the 8th|
|b-grounded out for Lopez in the 8th|
|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|
|Jeremy Affeldt (L,1-1)||1||2||1||1||1||1||0||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|
|Attendance - 41175|
|Game Time - 3:33|
|Temperature - 61|
|Umpires - Home - Gary Darling, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Jerry Meals, Third Base - Bruce Dreckman|