Nationals stay alive with win over Giants

Reuters News
Posted: Oct 06, 2014 8:18 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Doug Fister went seven solid innings and the Washington Nationals kept their season alive with a 4-1 win on Monday that cut the San Francisco Giants' lead in the best-of-five National League Division series to 2-1.

Fister struck out three batters and allowed four hits and Washington finally broke through with a three-run seventh inning before Bryce Harper padded the visitors' lead with a solo shot to right field in the ninth.

The Giants also got solid pitching from their ace starter as Madison Bumgarner struck out six batters and held Washington off the scoreboard until a throwing error in the seventh inning.

With runners on first and second, Bumgarner left the mound to field a Wilson Ramos bunt and, rather than taking the sure out at first, sent a wild throw to third baseman Pablo Sandoval that allowed two runs to score.

The Nationals, who lost the first two games of the series at home by one run each, built a three-run cushion when Asdrubal Cabrera hit a single to score another run on the next play.

The Giants got one run back in the ninth on a sacrifice fly by Brandon Crawford.

Game Four in the best-of-five series is Tuesday in San Francisco.

(Reporting By Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Frank Pingue)