OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 24: Matt Cain #18 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of an interleague game at O.co Coliseum on June 24, 2012 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

Giants Vs. Nationals: Nats Sweep G-Men With 6-5 Walk-Off Win

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Giants Vs. Nationals, Final Score: G-Men Blow Big Lead, Fall 6-5 In Walk Off Fashion

Washington, DC (Sports Network) - 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.

Harper finished with two RBI, while Ian Desmond and Danny Espinosa slugged back-to-back homers in the seventh inning for the Nationals, who have won four in a row and seven of their last nine to stay comfortably atop the NL East.

Melky Cabrera posted two hits and drove in three for the Giants, who have dropped five of six. Angel Pagan totaled three hits and two RBI in the setback.

Washington tallied in the second on a run-scoring double-play grounder from Desmond, but the visitors responded with two in the third on a Cabrera groundout and RBI hit from Pagan.

Cabrera doubled home Justin Christian in the fourth, then extended the Giants' edge to 4-1 in the sixth on a sac fly to score Christian -- who singled, stole second and moved up on a sac bunt.

In the seventh, Pablo Sandoval led off with a single and scored when Pagan tripled to right center for a four-run spread.

The Nats countered in the home half on those consecutive blasts from Desmond and Espinosa to close the gap to two. Giants starter Matt Cain exited after a Jesus Flores fly out. Jeremy Affeldt came on but allowed a double to pinch-hitter Mark DeRosa then couldn't flag down a dribbler from Lombardozzi.

Harper doubled home DeRosa to make it 5-4, but Sergio Romo induced an inning- ending line out from Zimmerman.

The hosts put two on in the eighth but failed to make up any ground.

Game Notes

Washington scored 24 runs over the course of the series...Nationals starter Ross Detwiler was charged with 11 hits and three runs over five innings, while Cain served up six hits and three runs over 6 2/3 frames...On a Turn Back the Clock Night, the Giants and Senators donned their duds from back in 1924...Prior to the game, the Giants announced that infielder Freddy Sanchez will miss the remainder of the year, and possibly be lost for the rest of his career, after undergoing back surgery earlier Thursday...San Francisco left 11 men on base and was just 3-for-15 with runners in scoring position.

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Giants Vs. Nationals: Matt Cain Looks To Avoid Sweep

The San Francisco Giants have been drowning in the sweltering heat as well as the offensive juggernaut that is the Washington Nationals so far this series, taking a thumping in the first two games of the set at Nationals Park. Now the Black and Orange turn to Matt Cain to right the ship, hoping that Mr. Perfect can avoid a sweep on Thursday evening.

Cain has struggled since his perfect game, including an 11-hit outing in which he allowed five earned runs in 6 2/3 innings against the Reds in his last start. He was 4-0 with a 1.25 ERA in June before that start, taking his first L since May 1.

The Nats will send out Ross Detwiler to face Cain, who joined the rotation just a few weeks ago on June 24. He was solid through six innings against the Braves in his last start, but eventually gave up four runs and the lead in what turned into a wild 5-4 Washington victory.

This is the first time since 2010 that the Giants haven't won the series in Washington. The Giants and Nationals will meet again Aug. 13-15 at AT&T Park.

First pitch is set for 4:05 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants Vs. Nationals, Final Score: Nats Dominate Once More For 9-4 Victory

Well, the Nation's capital has been anything but friendly to the San Francisco Giants since their arrival. Trying to fight off the blistering heat and humidity is one thing, but the Washington National's offense has been doing the real damage, taking out Madison Bumgarner and the Black and Orange by the score of 9-4.

Bumgarner lasted just five innings, giving up seven home runs on nine hits including three Nationals home runs. Pablo Sandoval and Buster Posey tried to get the Giants going early with Panda's seventh home run of the season and an RBI grounder from Buster, but the Nats offense simply erupted for the second straight day against the G-Men.

The Giants will look to avoid being swept on Thursday as Mr. Perfect Matt Cain takes the mound to take on the Nationals' Ross Detwiller. First pitch is set for 4:05 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

Full box score can be found here.

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Giants Vs. Nationals, Final Score: Tim Lincecum Rocked, G-Men Fall 9-3

Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Ian Desmond hit a two-run homer as the Washington Nationals took a 9-3 win over the San Francisco Giants in a rain- soaked opener of a three-game series.

Michael Morse and Adam LaRoche both drove in two runs for the Nationals, who have won three of four. Jordan Zimmermann (5-6) pitched six-plus innings and gave up just two runs -- one earned -- on seven hits with seven strikeouts and added an RBI double.

Gregor Blanco went 3-for-5 with two RBI for the Giants, who have lost three of four. Tim Lincecum (3-9) continued his struggles as he was torched for eight runs -- seven earned -- on nine hits with a pair of walks and two strikeouts over just 3 1/3 innings.

Washington took a lead it never lost in the second. With one out, Desmond singled to left and Danny Espinosa followed with a double for the first run. Two batters later, Zimmermann helped his cause with a double to score Espinosa for a 2-0 lead.

The Nationals plated three more in the third. With one out, Ryan Zimmerman singled and moved to second on a Morse groundout. LaRoche then doubled in Zimmerman and Desmond followed with his 14th homer of the season for a 5-0 lead.

In the fourth inning, the Nationals made it an 8-0 game on a two-run single from Morse and a sacrifice fly from LaRoche.

The Giants got on the board in the fifth thanks to a two-run single from Blanco. The team had put their first three men on base prior to Blanco's single, but Zimmermann rallied to set down the next three batters and limit the damage.

It started to rain heavily in the top of the seventh and the game went into a delay after Brandon Crawford led off with a single.

After a one-hour, 25-minute rain delay, the teams came back and exchanged runs in the eighth as Brandon Belt hit a sacrifice fly in the Giants' half and Bryce Harper doubled home Steve Lombardozzi in the home half to account for the final score.

Game Notes

The Nationals placed righty Chien-Ming Wang on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 1, with a right hip strain on Tuesday, and reinstated right-hander Henry Rodriguez from the DL...San Francisco went just 2-for-16 with runners in scoring position and left eight on base...Lincecum fell to 1-3 in seven games against the Nationals...Zimmermann is 3-1 in five games against the Giants.

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Giants Vs. Nationals: Tim Lincecum Looks To Keep It Rolling Against Washington

After finally putting an end to the longest losing streak of his career, San Francisco Giants ace Tim Lincecum looks to earn himself another W in the opener against the Washington Nationals.

Lincecum dropped six straight decisions over a 10-start span, but allowed just four hits and two walks while striking out eight in a shutout of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Lincecum is just 1-4 with 7.59 ERA in eight road starts this season and 1-2 with a 4.14 ERA in six career meetings with the Nationals.

The Nats will send out Jordan Zimmermann, who threw seven innings of one-run ball in his last outing against Colorado. He is still trying to figure it out at home though as he is 0-3 with a 3.25 ERA in seven outings at Nationals Park this year. He is 2-1 with a 3.60 ERA in four starts lifetime against the Giants.

First pitch is set for 3:35 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants Vs. Nationals, Series Preview: First-Place Showdown In The Nation's Capitol

The Giants invade the District of Columbia, looking to spoil the Nat's party.

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