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Washington Nationals vs. San Francisco Giants

Washington Nationals vs. San Francisco Giants

The San Francisco Giants lost a rain-soaked contest against the Washington Nationals on Saturday night, but it was the Nationals that took the bigger long-term hit on a rain-soaked evening in the nation's capital. The play was not pretty.

The game had been delayed due to heavy rains and it still was sprinkling when the game began. They are bound to be upset and anxious now. This season, Harper's hitting.327/.420/.616 with 29 home runs, 87 RBI and 92 runs scored. The 2015 National League MVP will have an MRI later Sunday, Washington manager Dusty Baker said. Pitching for San Diego previous year, he pitched well against us.

But the pitching of Jackson and hitting of Lind was overshadowed by the Harper injury.

Jackson (3-2) kept his composure after allowing a solo home run from Giants second baseman Joe Panik in the first inning, and was the winning pitcher in the 3-1 Nats victory.

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Washington got three innings of scoreless relief from its recent bullpen acquisitions. Jones reached the base first for the out, but as soon as Harper's left foot touched the bag, he went airborne. Washington (69-45) has a 14.5 games lead on the Miami Marlins in the National League East.

The Nationals won the clash against the Giants with a 3-1 triumph. Goodwin stole second, and - after a missed a sign - Bryce Harper doubled off the wall with first base open and Ryan Zimmerman on deck.

"The good thing is he's young and strong", Baker said.

Dan Kolko of MASN said the Nationals didn't put an official timetable on the slugger's return but granted it "doesn't seem like a season-ender". Fellow outfielder Michael Taylor (right oblique strain) was activated from the 10-day disabled list in a corresponding move and will assume Harper's spot on the active roster for the time being.