By Michael Marzzacco
The Nats held a 3-0 lead until the fourth inning, where the Giants tied the game and took the lead for good in the seventh. It was five unanswered runs as the Giants took the third game of the four game set 5-3.
Washington jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the third. With Bryce Harper on, Anthony Rendon launched his 13th home run of the season into the seats in left-center field. “Tony two bags” became “Tony two runs”.
In the top of the fourth the Nationals added another run. Ryan Zimmerman led off with a single and Danny Espinosa doubled to drive him in. With the Nats up 3-0 in the bottom fourth things started to get out of hand. San Francisco loaded the bases and Eduardo Nunez’s RBI double drove in two runs. The Giants tied the game on an RBI groundout by Angel Pagan.
The three runs were charged to Nats starter Reynaldo Lopez. He left the game after that fourth inning. Reliever Yusmeiro Petit came into the game from the bullpen. The Giants took the lead in the bottom of the seventh. With runners on second and third, Joe Panik hit a sacrifice fly to score Buster Posey from third. The Giants loaded the bases and Trevor Brown walked in a run, giving them the 5-3 lead and eventual win of that score. Petit was given the loss.
New Nationals closer Mark Melancon is set to join the team in San Francisco today. His addition should bolster the struggling bullpen and help the Nats close out ballgames. He was acquired yesterday in a trade with the Pirates. First pitch from AT&T Park is at 4:05 as Gio Gonzalez (6-8, 4.44 ERA) and Matt Cain (2-6, 5.95 ERA) will go head to head.