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Nats rally to down mistake-prone Giants

6:30 PM, Jul 5, 2012   |    comments
Catcher Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants forces out Stephen Lombardozzi of the Washington Nationals at the plate during the ninth inning at Nationals Park on July 5, 2012 in Washington, DC. Both teams are wearing replica uniforms from the 1924 World Series. (PHOTO: US PRESSWIRE)
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WASHINGTON, DC - A throwing gaffe on a potential inning- ending double-play grounder off the bat of Adam LaRoche plated Bryce Harper with the winning run, as Washington rallied to beat San Francisco, 6-5, and sweep a three-game series.

Down 5-4 in their last at-bat against Santiago Casilla (2-4), pinch-hitter Tyler Moore led off with a double, then moved to third as Casilla couldn't pick up a Steve Lombardozzi sacrifice bunt try. Harper then bounced a single through the right side to tie the game and leave runners at the corners. Ryan Zimmerman was given an intentional walk to load the bases, then a Michael Morse grounder to second turned into a force at home.

LaRoche followed with a ball to the right side, and the first out was recorded at second by Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford off a throw from Ryan Theriot. But Crawford's flip to first bounced in front of Brandon Belt and glanced off his glove, allowing the deciding run to score.

It made a winner of Tyler Clippard (2-2), who turned in a scoreless top of the ninth.

 

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