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.