Giants jump back on top in wacky seventh inning

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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.

Red Sox hire Jerry Narron as bench coach

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The Red Sox announced that Jerry Narron will be the team’s bench coach this year.

Narron will join interim manager Ron Roenicke in the dugout to lead Boston’s coaching staff. The two previously worked together in the same roles from 2011 to 2015, during Roenicke’s tenure as manager of the Milwaukee Brewers. Narron most recently spent the last three years as the bench coach for the Diamondbacks. He also has managerial experience with both the Rangers (2001-2002) and Reds (2005-2007).

The Mets reportedly considered hiring Narron this winter as a possible bench coach for then-manager Carlos Beltran, before ultimately going with Hensley Meulens.

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