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Doug Fister keeps Nationals postseason hopes alive

Doug Fister outduels Madison Bumgarner as Nationals beat San Francisco 4-1, avoid elimination

Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) makes a leaping catch off of a ball hit by San Francisco Giants Brandon Crawford in the second in...
San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner reacts after Washington Nationals Jayson Werth grounds out in the third inning of Game 3 of baseball's ...
Washington Nationals Bryce Harper strikes out in the fourth inning against the San Francisco Giants during Game 3 of baseball's NL Division Series in ...

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Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) makes a leaping catch off of a ball hit by San Francisco Giants Brandon Crawford in the second in...

NLDS Nationals Giants Baseball

San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner reacts after Washington Nationals Jayson Werth grounds out in the third inning of Game 3 of baseball's ...

NLDS Nationals Giants Baseball

Washington Nationals Bryce Harper strikes out in the fourth inning against the San Francisco Giants during Game 3 of baseball's NL Division Series in ...

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Doug Fister pitched seven shutout innings as the Washington Nationals took advantage of Madison Bumgarner's one off-target throw to stave off elimination in the National League Division Series with a 4-1 win against the San Francisco Giants on Monday.

Fister dazzled again in San Francisco, helping the Nationals cut their deficit to 2-1 in the best-of-five series and ending the Giants 10-game postseason winning streak that started with Game 5 of the 2012 NL Championship Series against St. Louis.

Washington scored two runs on Bumgarner's throwing error in the seventh inning to end the ace's 21-inning scoreless streak. Bryce Harper punctuated the victory with a solo homer in the ninth.

"Really it came down to every pitch," Fister said. "Fortunately a ball bounced our way."

Drew Storen allowed to the first two batters to reach in the bottom of the ninth but shook off his postseason struggles, allowing a run in closing it out as Washington forced a Game 4 on Tuesday night.

Now, the 96-win Nationals will send left-hander Gio Gonzalez up against San Francisco right-hander Ryan Vogelsong.

On a day Bumgarner had been nearly untouchable, his 21-inning postseason scoreless streak ended on his own miscue. Now, the Giants must wait another day to try to eliminate the Nationals, who trail 2-1 in the best-of-five series.


Updated : 2021-01-27 10:00 GMT+08:00