Nationals-Giants Game 3: Did You Know?
The Nationals finally broke up a scoreless tie with a three-run seventh inning on Monday at AT&T Park, jump-starting a 4-1 victory over the Giants to escape elimination in Game 3 of the National League Division Series. By pulling within 2-1 in the series, Washington forced a Game 4, set for Tuesday in San Francisco (9 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1).
Here's what you should know about Game 3.
• The Nats snapped the Giants' 10-game postseason winning streak, which was the longest active stretch in the four major professional sports leagues in North America, as well as the longest in NL history.
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• Bryce Harper's homer in the ninth inning was his second of the series and third of his postseason career. The only other players to hit at least that many before turning 22 are Mickey Mantle, Miguel Cabrera and Andruw Jones, with four.
What a Bum-merMadison Bumgarner's scoreless-innings streak ended at 22, the second-longest one in franchise history
• Before his throwing error in the seventh inning let the game's first two runs score, San Francisco starter Madison Bumgarner extended his streak of postseason scoreless innings to 22, the second-longest streak in Giants history behind Christy Mathewson's 28 from 1905-11. He passed Matt Cain (17 1/3 innings) and Art Nehf (19 innings) on Monday. Bumgarner also tied Sandy Koufax for the 11th-longest streak among all teams.
• Until that point, the Nationals had gone 21 innings without scoring. Before Asdrubal Cabrera made it a 3-0 game with an RBI single later in the inning, Washington was 1-for-16 with runners in scoring position in the series.
Panda bears down in playoffsPablo Sandoval extended his postseason hitting streak to 14 games in Game 3
• With a single in the second inning, San Francisco 's Pablo Sandoval extended his postseason hitting streak to 14 games, one shy of the NL record and three shy of the Major League record.
• Washington's Doug Fister, who walked as many as two batters in only seven of his 25 regular-season starts, walked two in the span of three batters in the second inning. He later handed out a third free pass to tie his season high, done only one other time.
• Fister (seven innings, four hits, no runs) still put together his seventh straight postseason start of at least six innings and no more than three runs. That ties him with Josh Beckett for the longest streak of quality starts in the playoffs by an active player, and the ninth longest in history.
• Fister is now 2-0 in three career postseason starts when his team is facing elimination, and his team is 3-0 in those contests. With the Tigers, he got the victory in Game 4 of the 2011 American League Division Series at Yankee Stadium, as well as a no-decision in Game 4 of the '13 ALDS, when Detroit beat Oakland.
• Bumgarner went 2-for-6 with a pair of homers with the bases loaded this season, accounting for both grand slams hit by Major League pitchers, but Fister struck him out with the sacks packed to end the second.
• When the Giants' Brandon Belt was thrown out trying to steal second base in the fourth inning, it was only the second steal attempt against Fister this season. Opponents are now 0-for-2.
• Wilson Ramos' sacrifice bunt in the seventh inning, which led to Bumgarner's two-run error, was Ramos' first since 2011.
• Nats leadoff man Denard Span went 0-for-12 to start the series before picking up his first hit, a single in the third inning. He ended up 2-for-4 after posting an NL-best 58 multihit games in the regular season.
• The Nationals' No. 3 and 4 hitters, Jayson Werth and Adam LaRoche, went hitless on Monday and are a combined 2-for-28 in the series.
• Bumgarner went at least seven innings for the fourth time in eight career postseason starts.