WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 05: Catcher Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants looks on as Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals hits an RBI double during the seventh inning at Nationals Park on July 5, 2012 in Washington, DC. Both teams are wearing replica uniforms from the 1924 World Series. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Giants Vs. Nationals: Washington Completes Sweep With 6-5 Walk-Off Win

The Washington Nationals trailed by four runs and Giants starter Matt Cain was cruising in the seventh inning, but it all turned there as the Nats started a late-game rally that led to another incredible 6-5 walk-off win.

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Giants Vs. Nationals Recap: Washington Walks Off With Dramatic 6-5 Comeback Win

The Washington Nationals completed their sweep of the San Francisco Giants on Thursday night in dramatic fashion, walking off on a blown double-play ball on an Adam LaRoche grounder to second base. Trailing by four runs, the Nats seemed out of it but chipped away with a rally in the seventh and immediately ignited a threat in their last at-bat to clinch a 6-5 win.

The dominant Matt Cain was cruising up 5-1 and this one seemed out of reach but the offense did not give in against the Giants starter. The walk-off was all set up by a three-run rally in the bottom of the seventh that closed the four-run gap. Back-to-back solo shots by Ian Desmond and Danny Espinosa keyed the inning. Mark DeRosa then pinch hit for Roger Bernadina and doubled to left. After one of the worst check-swing strike calls you will ever see, Bryce Harper gathered himself and took a pitch the other way that dropped in the gap to score DeRosa. The Nats inning ended with men on second and third, but the damage was done and deficit was now just one run.

Hitting in the pitcher's spot, Tyler Moore started the ninth with a double that was ripped to left field. Stephen Lombardozzi immediately put his bat down to try and sacrifice Moore over to third but Giants pitcher Santiago Casilla could not handle a perfectly placed bunt.

With runners at the corners, Harper stepped into the box with a chance to even things up. The sensational rookie took an inside pitch and chopped one through the hole on the right side to score Moore. Casilla would walk Zimmerman intentionally to load the bases and the Giants would get their first out of the inning with Ryan Theriot coming home on a Michael Morse grounder. It looked like the rally would die with the game tied at 5-5, but shortstop Brandon Crawford short-hopped his throw to first to blow the double play. Harper would cross the plate for the winning run and LaRoche was credited with the game-winning RBI.

After completing a sweep against Cain, Madison Bumgarner, and Tim Lincecum, the Nationals now host the Colorado Rockies for the final series before the All-Star break. Stephen Strasburg will face Drew Pomeranz in the first game on Friday night.

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Nationals Vs. Giants Lineups: Washington Tries For Sweep Against Matt Cain And San Francisco

The Washington Nationals have been red hot in their series against the San Francisco Giants. On Thursday night, the Nationals go for a sweep against the Giants in the special 'Turn Back The Clock' game. Both teams will be wearing replicas of the jerseys worn by the Washington Senators and the New York Giants in the 1924 World Series.

However, the modern teams will be focused on the here and now, the Nationals looking to extend their four and a half game lead against the New York Mets. They will have to contend with Giants pitcher Matt Cain. Pitcher Ross Detwiler will try to provide a strong start himself.

The batting lineup for the Nationals is as follows.

The game is set for a 7:05 first pitch with a national broadcast on MLB Network and local television broadcast on MASN. There will be a radio broadcast on 106.7 The Fan FM, 1500 WFED AM and 1580 WFHS AM.

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Giants Vs. Nationals: Washington Looking For Series Sweep

Prior to the start of a three-game series between the Giants and Nationals, the two teams held the National League's best records. But after back to back victories for the Nationals, the Giants have fallen to fourth in the NL standings. The Nationals have had little trouble scoring runs so far against the Giants, scoring nine runs in each of the first two games of the series, but face a tough task on Thursday night when they face Matt Cain.

After throwing a perfect game against the Astros on June 13, the three-time All-Star pitcher for the Giants has underwhelmed. In his last start against the Reds on Friday, Cain gave up 11 hits and five runs, two of which were home runs, in a loss.

Taking the mound for the Nationals will be Ross Detwiler who hasn't earned a decision in any of his last six appearances. In his last start, Detwiler allowed four runs to the Braves in just under seven innings.

The first pitch at Nationals Park will be thrown at 7:05 p.m. and will be televised on MLB Network, MASN and CSN-Bay Area.

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Nationals Vs. Giants Final Score: Washington Overcomes Early Deficit To Defeat San Francisco 9-4

The Nationals got off to a rocky start when the Giants scored three runs off of starting pitcher Edwin Jackson which included a two-run homer by Pablo Sandoval which gave the Giants an early 3-0 lead. Jackson was able to recoup and only allowed one more the rest of the way, and the Nationals offense slowly chipped away to ultimately win 9-4.

The offense started going for the Nationals in the third inning when they scored three runs to tie the game. Ryan Zimmerman put the Nationals on the board first with a RBI double which was nearly a home run, and then Ian Desmond tied the game on a two-RBI single to center field.

The Nationals were able to put up six more runs throughout the rest of the game, and all of the following runs came off of a home run. In total there were four home runs by the Nationals which were hit by Zimmerman, Michael Morse, Jhonatan Solano and Rick Ankiel.

It was Zimmerman who led the way for the Nationals by going 2-for-5, two runs and three RBI.

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Giants Vs. Nationals Update: Edwin Jackson Struggling Early

Washington Nationals pitcher Edwin Jackson was abused by the Colorado for eight runs in his last start. The struggles continued in the first inning of Washington's matinee with the San Francisco Giants.

Jackson walked the leadoff man, who made it third when Melky Cabrera singled later in the inning. With one out and runners on first and third, Buster Posey grounded out, but it was enough for Gregor Blanco to score from third base. Pablo Sandoval, the very next hitter, put one over the fence in center to make it a 3-0 game. Jackson struck out the next hitter to send the game into the bottom of the first.

Giants starter Madison Bumgarner hit Danny Espinosa to lead off the bottom of the first. Bryce Harper, the next batter, struck out swinging. Ryan Zimmerman lined out to the pitcher, and Michael Morse hit a fly ball to center to end the inning.

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Giants Vs. Nationals: Danny Espinosa Leading Off Against Lefty Madison Bumgarner

San Francisco Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner could present a bit of a challenge for the hot hitting Washington Nationals on Wednesday morning. As a result, the Nationals are using a different lineup to take on the 22-year-old pitcher.

After hitting in the bottom of the order in Tuesday's win, second baseman Danny Espinosa, a righty, is in the leadoff spot. He has a .947 OPS against southpaws. Ian Desmond, who went yard in Tuesday's game, replaces Adam LaRoche in the fifth spot in the order.

The complete lineup looks like this:

A win would extend Washington's NL-leading record and preserve their lead on top of the NL East with the All-Star break looming.

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Giants Vs. Nationals: Washington Looking To Win Again In Holiday Matinee

The Washington Nationals continue their series against the visiting San Francisco Giants with an Independence Day matinee at Nationals Park. Washington outlasted the rain in a 9-3 win in Monday's series opener. Rain chances linger in Wednesday's forecast, but the Nationals have a sunny outlook after starting the month of July on a win streak.

Edwin Jackson gets the ball for Washington, hoping for better results after giving up eight earned runs to Colorado in his last start, which lasted just three innings. Prior to that outing, Jackson had not allowed more than three runs since May 23.

The Giants roll out their ace, one of their aces, to face the Nationals on Wednesday morning. Madison Bumgarner pitched a complete game shutout against Cincinnati in his last start, a one-hitter no less. The 22-year-old lefty picked up wins in five of his last six starts.

The game starts at 11:05 a.m. It will be broadcast on MASN HD as well as the MLB Network.

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Giants Vs. Nationals Recap: After Rain Delay, Washington Finishes Series Opening 9-3 Win

After a one hour and 25 minute rain delay, the Washington Nationals finished off the Giants for a 9-3 win. The Nationals chased Tim Lincecum early, putting eight runs on the board against the struggling former Cy Young winner. With an early holiday start at 11:05 a.m. ET on Wednesday, Giants manager Bruce Bochy decided to remove most of the key members of his lineup even before the tarp came out.

After the delay, Bryce Harper added to the offense by knocking in the ninth run of the night in the eighth inning. Mark DeRosa led off by taking a Javier Lopez pitch the other way to the right field wall. He was erased on a Stephen Lombardozzi fielder's choice but Harper stepped into the box and took Lopez the other way down the line to score Lombardozzi from first. It was the rookie's 14th double of the season.

The rain delay ended Jordan Zimmermann's night but not before he was credited with another quality start and improved his record to 5-6 on the season. Zimmermann struck out seven and did not walk a batter in his six innings of work. The bullpen did its job to move the final three innings along without yielding a big rally, leading Davey Johnson to bring on Henry Rodriguez for the first time since his stint on the DL. The hard-throwing righty came on with two outs in the top of the ninth to get some work. He struck out Ryan Theriot with a 100 mph fastball to end the game.

The Wednesday 4th of July matinee special will feature Edwin Jackson against Madison Bumgarner as the Nats go for a series-clinching win.

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Giants Vs. Nationals Update: Washington Leads 8-2 As Game Goes To Rain Delay

The Washington Nationals jumped all over Tim Lincecum and have a comfortable 8-2 lead against the Giants in the seventh inning. With Jordan Zimmermann cruising and out to start the seventh, the skies opened up and it didn't take long for the umpires to call for the tarp. The game was put in a rain delay, and it's likely the Giants would rather just call it a night. Trailing by six and with an early holiday start at 11:05 a.m. ET on Wednesday, Bruce Bochy cleared his bench and has all but conceded the opening game of the three-game set.

The Nats added three more to their early 5-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth to put an eight spot on Lincecum. With the bases loaded, Michael Morse ripped a single up the middle off George Kontos to score Stephen Lombardozzi and Bryce Harper. Both runs were credited to Lincecum and one batter later, Adam LaRoche would bring home Ryan Zimmerman on a sacrifice fly.

Through six innings, Zimmermann has not issued a walk and struck out seven Giants for another quality start. With a pretty big storm cell on the radar, the umpires may decide to call this one early.

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Nationals Vs. Giants Score Update: Washington Grabs 5-0 Lead After Three Innings

It hasn't been the best start for San Francisco's Tim Lincecum. The Giants' starter, through just three innings, has surrendered eight hits and five runs (two earned runs). Playing in front of their home crowd, the Washington Nationals have capitalized as a result and lead 5-0 early.

The Nats tacked on runs in the bottom of the second inning (two) and in the third (three). Shortstop Ian Desmond capped off the scoring two a two-run homer to deep left.

Jordan Zimmermann took the mound for Washington, and thus far, has made quick work of the Giants. Through three innings, the right-hander has tossed a total of 42 pitches, striking out three batters and giving up just two hits and no runs.

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Chien-Ming Wang Injury: Right-Hander Placed On The Disabled List

Because of a right hip strain, the Washington Nationals placed starting pitcher Chien-Ming Wang on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday, the team announced via Twitter. Through seven appearances, four starts, this season, Wang has posted a 2-3 mark with a 7.61 ERA and 2.15 WHIP. The seven-year veteran already sustained a hamstring injury this season, late in spring training, that kept him out of the lineup until May 26.

In his place, the Nats recalled right-handed relief pitcher Henry Rodriguez, who was placed on the DL on June 6 because of a strained right index finger. Rodriguez has appeared in 24 games this season, going 1-3 with 23 strikeouts to 14 walks. During his rehab assignment in the Nats' farm tossed seven scoreless innings, along with seven strikeouts and five walks.

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Nationals Vs. Giants Lineups: Jordan Zimmermann Starts Against San Francisco

The Washington Nationals open a three game series with the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday. The Nationals are not making any changes to their usual lineup with catcher Jesus Flores catching for starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann. Outfielder Bryce Harper, currently third in the final vote for the last spot on the National League All Star Team, will play in center field and bat second in the order.

The rest of the Nationals' lineup is as follows.

The Nationals are hoping that they will be able to improve their NL-best record of 45-32 against the current NL West leaders.

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Giants Vs. Nationals: Battle Of NL's Best Starts Tuesday

The Nationals and Giants will face off in a three-game series between the two teams with the National League's best records.

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