Giants jump ahead in sixth inning of NLCS Game 4

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The Giants were down 4-1 to the Cardinals after the top of the third inning Wednesday night in Game 4 of the NLCS at San Francisco’s AT&T Park, but they’re now carrying a 6-4 lead into the top of the seventh.

Here’s how the Giants scored their three runs to jump on top of the Cardinals in the bottom of the sixth …

  • Juan Perez walked
  • Brandon Crawford singled to right field, Perez to second base
  • Matt Duffy sacrifice bunt, Perez to third base, Crawford to second base
  • Gregor Blanco reached on fielder’s choice (a poor throw home by Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams), Perez scored, Crawford to third base
  • Joe Panik grounded out to first base, Crawford scored, Blanco to second base
  • Buster Posey singled to left-center field, Blanco scored

It was a miserable defensive half-inning for Adams, who made a poor throw that allowed Perez to score the tying run and then failed to turn what should have been a double play on Panik’s grounder right back to him.

The Giants are nine outs away from grabbing a 3-1 lead over the Cardinals in this best-of-seven NLCS.

Chris Paddack loses no-hit bid in eighth inning vs. Marlins

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Update (9:16 PM ET): Aaaaaand it’s over. Just like that. Starlin Castro led off the eighth inning with a solo home run to left field. That ends the shutout bid as well, obviously.

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Padres starter Chris Paddack has kept the Marlins hitless through seven innings on Wednesday evening in Miami. The right-hander has allowed two base runners on a throwing error and a walk while striking out seven on 82 pitches.

The Padres’ offense provided Paddack with three runs of support, all coming in the fourth on Greg Garcia‘s RBI single and a two-run home run by Austin Hedges.

Paddack, 23, entered Wednesday’s start carrying a 2.84 ERA with an 87/18 K/BB ratio across 82 1/3 innings in his rookie campaign.

Among all 30 teams, the Padres are the only one without a no-hitter. They came into the league in 1969. The Marlins were last victims of a no-hitter on September 28, 2014 when Jordan Zimmermann — then with the Nationals — accomplished the feat.