By Sky Kerstein

Michael Morse continues his hot hitting but it wasn’t enough for the Nationals to beat Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants falling 5-4 in 13 innings from AT&T Park in San Francisco in game one of a three game series.

The Nationals started off strong and Morse led the way nailing his ninth of the season on a solo shot in the second and then a two run double in the third.  Also Laynce Nix got an RBI on a sacrafice and the Nationals were up 4-0 in the third inning but they wouldn’t get another run the rest of the game.

John Lannan had another strong game for the Nats allowing four hits, one run, which was an Aaron Rowand solo shot in the seventh, three walks and striking out six in seven innings of work and things were looking good for the Nationals.  In the eighth the Giants comeback began with Todd Coffey on the mound for the Nats.  Coffey got the first out but then gave up a Freddy Sanchez single and a Cody Ross double putting runners on second and third with one out in the eight.  Coffey was then pulled for Sean Burnett and he didn’t have much success either.  Aubrey Huff came up and popped a double down the left field line scoring both Sanchez and Ross and before you knew it, it was a one run lead for the Nats in the eighth.

Henry Rodriguez then came in for Burnett with only one out and a runner at second in the eighth.  Rodriguez struck out Rowand and pinch hitter Pat Burrell, but gave up two hits in between, first to Brandon Crawford moving the runner to third and then to Nate Schierholtz scoring Huff and tying the game at 4-4 heading to the ninth.  Nobody scored the next four innings until the 13th.

In the 13th Craig Stammen, who was just called up from Triple A Syracuse on Saturday, came in to face the Giants as the Nats were at the end of their bullpen.  Stammen gave up a lead off walk to Chris Stewart, but then struck out Javier Lopez on a missed bunt attempt, but with one out Andres Torres hit a single putting runners on first and second with one out in the 13th.  Miguel Tejada then hit a tough grounder to Ian Desmond who took the fielders choice at second, but only could get one out and Chris Stewart made it safely to third.  With two outs and runners on first and third, Freddy Sanchez stepped up to the plate and hit a single to right field knocking in Stewart and giving the Giants a 5-4 victory in 13 innings.

Javier Lopez (3-1) gets the win for the Giants and Craig Stammen (0-1) get’s the loss for the Nats.  The Giants Tim Lincecum went five innings, four runs and five strike outs against the Nationals.  Michael Morse continues his hot hitting going 2 for 6, one home run, one double, three RBI and moving his average to .302 on the season.  Jayson Werth went 0-5 striking out twice and leaving six on base.  Ian Desmond had a solid hitting outing going 3 for 6 on the night.  The Nationals are now 26-34 and 10 games out of first in the NL East and 8 games out of the Wild Card.   The Nationals and Giants continue their three game series Tuesday with a 10:15 pm first pitch which you can hear live on 106.7 The FAN.


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