Murphy strikes again in big 7th-inning rally

October 12th, 2016

LOS ANGELES -- Rapidly developing into one of this decade's best postseason hitters, Nationals second baseman struck again in the seventh inning of National League Division Series Game 4 on Tuesday. He singled home the game-tying runs against the Dodgers, though Washington ultimately lost the game, 6-5.

Entering the seventh trailing, 5-2, the Nationals loaded the bases on two singles and -- after Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts' two-out mound conference with starting pitcher -- a walk. That chased Kershaw, who watched from the dugout as hit with his first and only pitch to force in a run.

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Next up was Murphy, who laced a fastball into center field for the game-tying hit. The single gave Murphy his fourth RBI of the game, sixth of the series and 17th of his postseason career, second-most all time among hitters with 18 or fewer games played. John Valentin knocked in 19 runs in 17 postseason games for the Red Sox from 1995-99.