Bryce Harper injured in Nationals' win over Giants

WASHINGTON (AP) When Bryce Harper clutched at his left knee after slipping on first base, the stadium went silent and Dusty Baker feared the worst.

Less than a year after watching catcher Wilson Ramos tear the ACL in his right knee on a noncontact play after a rain delay, Baker just hoped it wasn't that bad. But the uncertainty over Harper's injury overshadowed the Washington Nationals' 3-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night.

Baker said Harper hyperextended the knee and was scheduled to have an MRI.

''The same reaction everybody had - silence goes over the crowd,'' Baker said. ''You're just thinking, `Please, Lord, don't let it be serious.'''

Baker went so far as to ask for prayers from baseball fans for the health of one of the sport's top players and a potential NL MVP candidate. Harper, the 2015 MVP who is hitting .326 with 29 home runs and 87 RBIs as the most fearsome hitter in the league this season, was not made available to speak to reporters after the game but could be seen walking with a limp.

The injury came as it was raining about 20 minutes into the game after a three-hour delay. Harper tried to run out a grounder to the right side and though he avoided colliding with first baseman Ryder Jones or Giants pitcher Jeff Samardzija, he slipped on first base, which was still wet.

''It didn't look good,'' Jones said. ''I hope he's all right. It's just one of those freak plays where you kind of thought there would be a collision and there wasn't and that might be part of it, too.''

The result of the game meant little for Washington, which leads the NL East by 14 1/2 games, or San Francisco, which is out of contention. Baker said the teams were ''at the mercy of the schedule'' with Major League Baseball in control and the Giants in town for the last time this season.

With Harper out, the Nationals got their offense in the form of RBI doubles from Ryan Zimmerman and Adam Lind, and an RBI single from Daniel Murphy off Samardzjia (7-12).

Right-hander Edwin Jackson (3-2) allowed one earned run on five hits and struck out five in six innings before giving way to Washington's newfound lockdown bullpen trio of Brandon Kintzler, Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle.

MELANCON BACK

Giants manager Bruce Bochy wanted to make sure Mark Melancon's first appearance off the disabled list didn't come in a high-leverage situation after the $62 million closer missed more than six weeks with a right forearm strain. He was able to do that, as Melancon allowed one hit and had one strikeout against his most recent team in the eighth inning, his first work since June 27.

''I thought it was a perfect situation, eighth inning there down two,'' Bochy said. ''We're in the ballgame, so he's got some adrenaline going, pitching late in the ballgame. And he did a good job.''

STRASBURG REHAB

Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg will make a minor league rehab start Monday at Class A Potomac.

Strasburg has been on the disabled list since late July with a right elbow nerve impingement. Pitching coach Mike Maddux said that Strasburg is likely to throw about five innings and 75 pitches in his first rehab outing.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Giants: To make room on the roster for Melancon, the INF Miguel Gomez went on the 10-day DL, retroactive to Aug. 9, with right knee inflammation.

Nationals: Strasburg is one of 11 Nationals players currently on the DL, and Baker doesn't want to rush anyone back. Baker said outfielder Taylor doesn't have his timing yet and reliever Shawn Kelley (back) isn't as sharp as trainers would like yet. ... Enny Romero (forearm strain) is playing catch, and Baker said he's hopeful the lefty is back soon.

UP NEXT

RHP A.J Cole (1-2, 5.63 ERA) starts the day game of a split-doubleheader for the Nationals against Giants RHP Chris Stratton (0-2, 6.63). Reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (12-5, 2.23) had his choice which game to pitch and preferred night, and he'll face San Francisco LHP Matt Moore (3-12, 5.88).

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NationalsWAS69-45
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  • W: E. Jackson (3-2)L: J. Samardzija (7-12)S: S. Doolittle (11)
  • HR: SF - J. Panik (7)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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D. Span CF30000103.266.318.416.7351.0
J. Panik 2B41111002.264.322.390.7126.0
J. Parker LF40100011.286.327.490.8172.5
B. Posey C30100101.321.410.484.8943.0
P. Sandoval 3B40100023.226.274.365.6390.0
B. Crawford SS40100002.232.279.368.6461.0
H. Pence RF40100021.251.297.376.6720.0
R. Jones 1B30100012.152.204.217.4210.5
a- K. Tomlinson PH10000010.245.325.292.617-0.5
J. Samardzija P20000002.104.104.208.3130.0
b- C. Moncrief PH10000001.273.333.364.6970.0
J. Osich P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Melancon P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- N. Hundley PH10000000.271.295.453.7480.0
  • a-struck out for Jones in the 9th
  • b-flied out for Samardzija in the 7th
  • c-grounded out for Melancon in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Goodwin RF50100014.247.310.498.8080.5
W. Difo SS41200012.278.341.389.7303.5
B. Harper RF10000001.326.419.6141.0340.0
A. Stevenson CF30000011.111.111.111.222-0.5
R. Zimmerman 1B31210100.310.359.583.9426.0
D. Murphy 2B30110111.329.383.569.9512.5
A. Rendon 3B41100003.299.405.549.9542.0
A. Lind LF30310100.317.364.522.8866.0
S. Doolittle P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
M. Wieters C40000004.241.293.373.6660.0
E. Jackson P30100022.125.125.125.2500.0
B. Kintzler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
R. Madson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-struck out for Madson in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Posey (23)
  • HR - J. Panik (7)
  • RBI - J. Panik (38)
BATTING
  • 2B - W. Difo (4), R. Zimmerman (27), A. Lind (10)
  • RBI - R. Zimmerman (82), D. Murphy (77), A. Lind (39)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Zimmerman (33), D. Murphy (31)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Parker
FIELDING
  • DP - R. Jones, P. Sandoval
FIELDING
  • E - M. Wieters (5)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Samardzija (L, 7-12)6.09331604.741.196.0
J. Osich1.01002005.451.590.0
M. Melancon1.01000104.151.342.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Samardzija (L, 7-12)6.0
J. Osich1.0
M. Melancon1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
E. Jackson (W, 3-2)6.05112513.861.3422.5
B. Kintzler (H, 2)1.01000002.451.112.0
R. Madson (H, 19)1.01000001.680.772.0
S. Doolittle (S, 11)1.00000203.340.8011.0
PITCHERSIP
E. Jackson (W, 3-2)6.0
B. Kintzler (H, 2)1.0
R. Madson (H, 19)1.0
S. Doolittle (S, 11)1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Samardzija 120-79, J. Osich 18-8, M. Melancon 19-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Samardzija 6-6, J. Osich 1-1, M. Melancon 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Samardzija 28, J. Osich 5, M. Melancon 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - E. Jackson 100-58, B. Kintzler 12-7, R. Madson 17-12, S. Doolittle 12-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Jackson 8-5, B. Kintzler 2-1, R. Madson 1-2, S. Doolittle 1-0
  • Batters Faced - E. Jackson 25, B. Kintzler 4, R. Madson 4, S. Doolittle 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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GiantsSF46-71
100000000170
NationalsWAS69-45
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Span CF30000103.266.318.416.7351.0
J. Panik 2B41111002.264.322.390.7126.0
J. Parker LF40100011.286.327.490.8172.5
B. Posey C30100101.321.410.484.8943.0
P. Sandoval 3B40100023.226.274.365.6390.0
B. Crawford SS40100002.232.279.368.6461.0
H. Pence RF40100021.251.297.376.6720.0
R. Jones 1B30100012.152.204.217.4210.5
a- K. Tomlinson PH10000010.245.325.292.617-0.5
J. Samardzija P20000002.104.104.208.3130.0
b- C. Moncrief PH10000001.273.333.364.6970.0
J. Osich P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Melancon P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- N. Hundley PH10000000.271.295.453.7480.0
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  • a-struck out for Jones in the 9th
  • b-flied out for Samardzija in the 7th
  • c-grounded out for Melancon in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Goodwin RF50100014.247.310.498.8080.5
W. Difo SS41200012.278.341.389.7303.5
B. Harper RF10000001.326.419.6141.0340.0
A. Stevenson CF30000011.111.111.111.222-0.5
R. Zimmerman 1B31210100.310.359.583.9426.0
D. Murphy 2B30110111.329.383.569.9512.5
A. Rendon 3B41100003.299.405.549.9542.0
A. Lind LF30310100.317.364.522.8866.0
S. Doolittle P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
M. Wieters C40000004.241.293.373.6660.0
E. Jackson P30100022.125.125.125.2500.0
B. Kintzler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
R. Madson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- H. Kendrick LF10000011.347.396.472.867-0.5
Total34311303719-----
  • a-struck out for Madson in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Posey (23)
  • HR - J. Panik (7)
  • RBI - J. Panik (38)
BATTING
  • 2B - W. Difo (4), R. Zimmerman (27), A. Lind (10)
  • RBI - R. Zimmerman (82), D. Murphy (77), A. Lind (39)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Zimmerman (33), D. Murphy (31)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Parker
FIELDING
  • DP - R. Jones, P. Sandoval
FIELDING
  • E - M. Wieters (5)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Samardzija (L, 7-12)6.09331604.741.196.0
J. Osich1.01002005.451.590.0
M. Melancon1.01000104.151.342.5
Total8.01133370---
PITCHERSIP
J. Samardzija (L, 7-12)6.0
J. Osich1.0
M. Melancon1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
E. Jackson (W, 3-2)6.05112513.861.3422.5
B. Kintzler (H, 2)1.01000002.451.112.0
R. Madson (H, 19)1.01000001.680.772.0
S. Doolittle (S, 11)1.00000203.340.8011.0
Total9.0711271---
PITCHERSIP
E. Jackson (W, 3-2)6.0
B. Kintzler (H, 2)1.0
R. Madson (H, 19)1.0
S. Doolittle (S, 11)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Samardzija 120-79, J. Osich 18-8, M. Melancon 19-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Samardzija 6-6, J. Osich 1-1, M. Melancon 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Samardzija 28, J. Osich 5, M. Melancon 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - E. Jackson 100-58, B. Kintzler 12-7, R. Madson 17-12, S. Doolittle 12-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Jackson 8-5, B. Kintzler 2-1, R. Madson 1-2, S. Doolittle 1-0
  • Batters Faced - E. Jackson 25, B. Kintzler 4, R. Madson 4, S. Doolittle 3
  • 6TH INNING
    Lind doubled to deep center, Rendon scored13
  • 1ST INNING
    Murphy singled to left, Zimmerman scored12
    Zimmerman doubled to deep left, Difo scored11
    Panik homered to right center10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Sean Doolittle pitching
    • H. Pence: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pence struck out swinging
    • Kelby Tomlinson hit for Ryder Jones
    • K. Tomlinson: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Tomlinson struck out swinging
    • Nick Hundley hit for Mark Melancon
    • N. Hundley: Hundley grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Ryan Madson relieved Brandon Kintzler
    • J. Parker: Ball, Parker flied out to left
    • B. Posey: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Posey doubled to left
    • P. Sandoval: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Sandoval fouled out to third
    • B. Crawford: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Crawford grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Mark Melancon relieved Josh Osich
    • A. Lind: Strike looking, Foul, Lind singled to center
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Ball, Wieters grounded out to pitcher, Lind to second
    • Howie Kendrick hit for Ryan Madson
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kendrick struck out swinging
    • B. Goodwin: Ball, Foul, Ball, Goodwin flied out to shallow left
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Brandon Kintzler relieved Edwin Jackson
    • R. Jones: Foul, Ball, Ball, Jones reached on an infield single to second
    • Carlos Moncrief hit for Jeff Samardzija
    • C. Moncrief: Foul, Ball, Moncrief flied out to center
    • D. Span: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Span reached on fielder's choice to second, Jones out at second
    • J. Panik: Ball, Ball, Panik grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Josh Osich pitching
    • W. Difo: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Difo singled to right
    • A. Stevenson: Foul, Stevenson lined into double play third to first, Difo out at first
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Zimmerman walked
    • D. Murphy: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Murphy walked, Zimmerman to second
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Rendon reached on fielder's choice to third, Murphy out at second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • E. Jackson Pitching:
    • B. Posey: Posey flied out to center
    • P. Sandoval: Ball, Ball, Sandoval singled to shallow right center
    • B. Crawford: Ball, Foul, Crawford popped out to third
    • H. Pence: Foul, Ball, Pence grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Samardzija Pitching:
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Rendon singled to left
    • A. Lind: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Lind doubled to deep center, Rendon scored
    • M. Wieters: Foul, Ball, Wieters flied out to center
    • E. Jackson: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Jackson struck out swinging
    • B. Goodwin: Foul, Ball, Goodwin grounded out to first
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • E. Jackson Pitching:
    • J. Samardzija: Ball, Samardzija grounded out to second
    • D. Span: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Span walked
    • J. Panik: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Panik flied out to deep center
    • J. Parker: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Parker grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Samardzija Pitching:
    • W. Difo: Difo grounded out to second
    • A. Stevenson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Stevenson grounded out to first
    • R. Zimmerman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Zimmerman singled to shallow right
    • D. Murphy: Foul, Foul, Ball, Murphy fouled out to third
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • E. Jackson Pitching:
    • B. Crawford: Crawford grounded out to second
    • H. Pence: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pence struck out swinging
    • R. Jones: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Jones grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Samardzija Pitching:
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Ball, Rendon flied out to deep center
    • A. Lind: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Lind singled to right
    • M. Wieters: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Wieters reached on fielder's choice to first, Lind out at second
    • E. Jackson: Strike looking, Jackson singled to shallow center, Wieters to second
    • B. Goodwin: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Goodwin struck out looking
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • E. Jackson Pitching:
    • J. Panik: Ball, Panik flied out to center
    • J. Parker: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Parker struck out swinging
    • B. Posey: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Posey walked
    • P. Sandoval: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Sandoval struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Samardzija Pitching:
    • A. Stevenson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Stevenson struck out swinging
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Zimmerman popped out to first
    • D. Murphy: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Murphy struck out looking
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • Brian Goodwin in right
    • Andrew Stevenson in center
    • B. Crawford: Strike looking, Ball, Crawford singled to right
    • H. Pence: Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pence singled to shallow center, Crawford to second
    • R. Jones: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Jones struck out looking
    • J. Samardzija: Foul, Ball, Samardzija flied out to shallow center
    • D. Span: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Span grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Samardzija Pitching:
    • A. Lind: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lind walked
    • M. Wieters: Strike looking, Ball, Wieters popped out to third
    • E. Jackson: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Jackson struck out swinging
    • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Goodwin singled to center, Lind to second
    • W. Difo: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Difo struck out looking
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • E. Jackson Pitching:
    • D. Span: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Span grounded out to second
    • J. Panik: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Panik homered to right center
    • J. Parker: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Parker singled to center
    • B. Posey: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Parker to third on catcher Wieters fielding error, Posey grounded out to pitcher
    • P. Sandoval: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Sandoval struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
    • J. Samardzija Pitching:
    • B. Goodwin: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Goodwin grounded out to second
    • W. Difo: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Difo doubled to deep center
    • B. Harper: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Harper grounded out to first, Difo to third
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Zimmerman doubled to deep left, Difo scored
    • D. Murphy: Ball, Murphy singled to left, Zimmerman scored
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Rendon flied out to deep left
    • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)