Murphy strikes again in big 7th-inning rally

Murphy strikes again in big 7th-inning rally

LOS ANGELES -- Rapidly developing into one of this decade's best postseason hitters, Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy struck again in the seventh inning of National League Division Series Game 4 on Tuesday. He singled home the game-tying runs against the Dodgers, though Washington ultimately lost the game, 6-5.

Entering the seventh trailing, 5-2, the Nationals loaded the bases on two singles and -- after Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts' two-out mound conference with starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw -- a Bryce Harper walk. That chased Kershaw, who watched from the dugout as Pedro Baez hit Jayson Werth with his first and only pitch to force in a run.

Game Date Matchup Highlights
Gm 1 Oct. 7 LAD 4, WAS 3 video
Gm 2 Oct. 9 WSH 5, LAD 2 video
Gm 3 Oct. 10 WAS 8, LAD 3 video
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Gm 5 Oct. 13 LAD 4, WSH 3 video

Next up was Murphy, who laced a Luis Avilan fastball into center field for the game-tying hit. The single gave Murphy his fourth RBI of the game, sixth of the series and 17th of his postseason career, second-most all time among hitters with 18 or fewer games played. John Valentin knocked in 19 runs in 17 postseason games for the Red Sox from 1995-99.

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