Peavy sharp as Giants win Game One 3-2

Fri Oct 3, 2014 9:54pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Veteran starter Jake Peavy shut down the dangerous Washington line-up and the San Francisco Giants won a National League-record ninth consecutive postseason game with a 3-2 road victory in Game One of their best-of-five Divisional Series on Friday.

Peavy, acquired from Boston in July, continued his recent sizzling form to pick up his first career postseason victory in six playoff starts.

He had a no-hitter going through four innings, gave up only two hits and no runs in five and two-thirds innings, and did not allow a Washington batter to second base until the sixth inning.

The Giants held on despite giving up two solo home runs in the seventh inning, including a massive blast by Bryce Harper off reliever Hunter Strickland that landed in the right field upper deck and briefly woke up the subdued home crowd.

Washington starter Stephen Strasburg yielded eight hits, all singles, and two runs in five solid innings but took the loss.

The Nationals had the best regular season record in the National League while the Giants had to win a wildcard game at Pittsburgh to keep their playoff hopes alive.

But the Giants, the 2010 and 2012 World Series champions, do not mind traveling.

“These guys, they have a calmness about them,” San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy told reporters.

“When you have your backs to the wall as many times as we’ve had in the postseason, that experience is invaluable.   Continued...

Oct 3, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Jake Peavy (22) pitches against the Washington Nationals in the first inning of game one of the 2014 NLDS playoff baseball game at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports