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National League Game Summary - San Francisco at Washington



(Thursday, August 15th)

Final Score: San Francisco 4, Washington 3

Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Pinch-hitter Hector Sanchez hit a three-run home run in the top of the ninth and the San Francisco Giants avoided a three- game sweep against the Washington Nationals with a 4-3 win.

Down 3-1 and with Rafael Soriano (2-3) pitching, Buster Posey hit a leadoff single. After Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval were retired, Posey advanced to second on a defensive indifference and Roger Kieschnick walked.

Sanchez was the next to bat and hammered a 3-2 fastball over the right field wall.

"This one was pretty tough," said Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki. "We had them down to one strike and just couldn't put the finishing touch on them. But they're a good ballclub. They keep grinding at-bats, fighting, and fortunately for them, they got one."

Javier Lopez (2-2) threw 1 2/3 perfect innings of relief to pick up the win. Sergio Romo threw a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth to notch his 29th save.

"Boys needed this, they needed it bad. To come up short last night after fighting so hard ... it's good for them," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

San Francisco had an opportunity to score in the first after loading the bases with two outs. However, Sandoval fouled out to third, ending the inning.

Washington also had a chance to score with the bases loaded in the second, but Dan Haren squandered it by striking out.

An inning later, Denard Span singled to lead off and stole second. Ryan Zimmerman was walked, but was forced out at second on Jayson Werth's fielder's choice. After Werth stole second, Ian Desmond ripped a two-out, two-RBI double to left-center field. Adam LaRoche then scored him with a base hit to left field.

Brandon Belt crushed a 1-1 fastball to center with one out in the sixth to put the Giants on the board.

Game Notes

San Francisco starter Ryan Vogelsong lasted just 3 2/3 innings, surrendering three runs on six hits and three walks ... Sanchez's last home run came on Sept. 27, 2012. He also entered the game with just three RBI this season ... Belt is hitting .400 with five home runs, 10 RBI and 12 runs scored in August ... Washington starter Haren gave up one run on three hits and a par of walks over six frames ... Desmond is 11-for-23 with five doubles, three RBI and eight runs scored in his last six contests. He also has 52 extra-base hits, which paces all MLB shortstops ... LaRoche has eight RBI over his last 11 games.

08/15 23:18:24 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
Final
PHI 0
ATL 1
Final
NYY 2
CHC 0
Final
DET 2
CLE 3
Final
MIA 3
WAS 6
Final
TEX 3
SEA 2
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CWS 4
BOS 6
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HOU 4
KAN 6
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MIN 0
TOR 0
Final
ANA 5
OAK 4
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SDP 4
COL 2
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SFG 2
LOS 1
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PHI
ATL
 
1:08pm Today
DET
CLE
 
1:10pm Today
MIN
TOR
 
2:05pm Today
TEX
SEA
 
3:45pm Today
SFG
LOS
 
6:40pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
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PIT
MIL
 
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WAS
STL
 
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TAM
NYY
 
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MIN
TOR
 
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CWS
BOS
 
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HOU
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Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
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MIL 103
ATL 111
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CLE 114
BRK 85
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MEM 106
DAL 105
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OKC 112
DET 111
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NOP 105
HOU 100
Final
SAN 100
LAL 113
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MIA 87
PHI 100
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NYK 95
TOR 92
Final
MIN 130
UTA 136
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BOS 102
WAS 118
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DEN 112
GSW 116
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POR 110
LAC 104
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SAC 99
PHO 104
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TAM 4
MON 5
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PIT 4
CLB 3
Final
ANA 4
DAL 3
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NYR
PHI
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STL
CHI
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COL
MIN
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SJS
LOS
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
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NOR