May 22, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper (34) is congratulated by third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (11) after hitting a home run against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning at AT

Bumgarner Throws Gem, But Giants Lose Series Finale to Nationals

Buster Posey’s RBI single tied the game at 1-1 in the eighth inning, but Ian Desmond broke the tie in the 10th inning with an RBI single of his own, as the San Francisco Giants fell to the Washington Nationals in the series finale.

The battle of Gio Gonzalez and Madison Bumgarner lived up to its billing. Gonzalez pitched 7.1 innings, and he allowed only one run on four hits while striking out five. Bumgarner, on the other hand, pitched seven innings, allowed one run on four hits and he also struck out five.

Their lines would’ve been identical if Gonzalez didn’t log the first out in the eighth inning, but manager Davey Johnson sensed fatigue after he walked Angel Pagan. Drew Storen replaced him, and Posey grounded a ball through the left side of the infield, which evened the game.

Bryce Harper contributed on both sides of the ball Wednesday. His sixth inning solo home run was the difference for the majority of the game until the Nationals and Giants exchanged runs in the later innings. Harper was also a part of Washington’s 10th inning charge, as he sharply lined a double and scored on Desmond’s single.

Then, on defense, he robbed Hunter Pence of a hit and the Giants of a run when he corralled Pence’s sinking line drive following Posey’s game-tying single. After Pence was likely robbed of a hit, Brandon Belt’s hard ground ball was smothered by Adam LaRoche at first base, perhaps squandering another Giants’ scoring opportunity.

Jeremy Affeldt got the loss due to his 10th inning hiccup. He induced a ground ball off Denard Span’s bat to leadoff the inning, but Harper doubled, Ryan Zimmerman was intentionally walked and Desmond singled.

Marco Scutaro’s 19-game hitting streak came to an end, but he did give Rafael Soriano’s fastball a drive onto the warning track in left field, but Tyler Moore casually settled under the ball, securing Washington’s victory.

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