SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants' relievers didn't record their cleanest effort Wednesday. But they were effective nonetheless.Of the four pitchers that left the bullpen to appear in San Francisco's 6-5 victory over Philadelphia in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series, three were either charged with runs or allowed inherited baserunners to score. Only Brian Wilson, who worked the ninth and earned the decision, emerged unscathed. "It's not the way you draw it up, that you'd want it to work out," left-hander Javier Lopez said. "But it did work out. That's the most important thing you take away from this game." Indeed, even the relievers who got nicked up distinguished themselves to some extent.
"He worked the count on me today," Lopez said. "It was a great at-bat, a great battle. He's not a former MVP for no reason."However, that followed a scoreless seventh inning by Lopez, who entered the game having retired all seven batters he had faced in the postseason. And Romo did his part by stranding Werth at second base. Romo concluded the eighth in dynamic fashion by striking out Ben Francisco and Carlos Ruiz. Asked what helped him prevent trouble from escalating after Werth doubled, Romo replied, "Thinking about my teammates. They're the ones fighting, fighting, fighting. Why can't I fight alongside them?"
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.