Video: Brandon Belt homers to break a 1-1 tie in the 18th inning


You’ll be seeing this one for a while. The Giants and Nationals went 18 innings, matching the Braves and Astros in Game 4 of the 2005 NLDS for the longest game in post-season history. (Technically, if you count the two extra outs the Giants recorded that the Braves couldn’t because of Chris Burke’s walk-off home run, Saturday night’s game went longer.) Brandon Belt ended hours of offensive futility when he sent a misplaced Tanner Roark fastball over the fence in left field, putting the Giants up 2-1.

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Hunter Strickland came on in relief in the bottom half of the inning and finished off the win for the Giants, putting them up 2-0 in the NLDS over the Nationals. Now the series moves to the other side of the country, as Game 3 (and four, if necessary) will take place in San Francisco starting on Monday.

Dodgers to retire Fernando Valenzuela’s No. 34 this summer

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers will retire the No. 34 jersey of pitcher Fernando Valenzuela during a three-day celebration this summer.

Valenzuela was part of two World Series champion teams, winning the 1981 Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards. He was a six-time All-Star during his 11 seasons in Los Angeles from 1980-90.

He will be honored from Aug. 11-13 when the Dodgers host Colorado.

Valenzuela will join Pee Wee Reese, Tommy Lasorda, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, Jim Gilliam, Don Sutton, Walter Alston, Sandy Koufax, Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson and Don Drysdale with retired numbers.

“To be a part of the group that includes so many legends is a great honor,” Valenzuela said. “But also for the fans, the support they’ve given me as a player and working for the Dodgers, this is also for them.”