Giants jump back on top in wacky seventh inning


We’ve got a wild one going on in San Francisco.

Bryce Harper tied Tuesday night’s NLDS Game 4 with a solo blast into McCovey Cove in the top of the seventh inning, but the Giants answered back in the bottom of that frame when Joe Panik and Buster Posey both singled, Hunter Pence drew a walk, and then Nationals reliever Aaron Barrett threw a pitch in the dirt that got past Wilson Ramos and allowed Panik to score. Posey almost grabbed the Giants a second run when Barrett airmailed a throw on an intentional walk of the next batter, Pablo Sandoval, but Ramos raced back to the ball and hurled it to Barrett, who tagged Posey out at home plate. The play was reviewed — Rule 7.13 again — but the call got upheld.

The Giants lead the Nationals 3-2 as they prepare to bat in the bottom of the eighth.

San Francisco will advance to an NLCS matchup with the Cardinals with a win.