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San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Anibal Sanchez was nearly perfect on the mound as he tossed his second career shutout in Florida's 5-0 win over San Francisco.
Sanchez (8-6), who authored a no-hitter in 2006, gave up just one hit -- a bloop single by Pablo Sandoval in the bottom of the fifth inning -- walked one and struck out eight.
The Marlins got on the board in the second inning. Dan Uggla led off with a walk and came around to score on a two-out double by Stanton.
Florida padded its lead in the fourth. Jorge Cantu and Cody Ross hit consecutive one-out singles before Stanton lined a double to left field. Paulino followed with a sacrifice fly that made it a 3-0 game.
Sanchez retired the first 13 batters he faced before Juan Uribe reached on Cantu's throwing error. Sandoval followed with a base hit to center, but Aaron Rowand flied out and Edgar Renteria grounded into a fielder's choice to end the fifth.
Ross stroked an RBI double off Joe Martinez in the eighth and Paulino supplied another sac fly later in the inning to account for the final score.
Posey's hitting streak was the second-longest by a rookie in San Francisco-era franchise history behind Willie McCovey's 22-gamer in 1959...Bumgarner had won his previous four starts.
Torres added a two-run homer and Juan Uribe had three hits and drove in four runs for San Francisco, which is putting pressure on NL West-leading San Diego by winning six of its last seven games. Buster Posey extended his hitting streak to 21 games for the Giants, who won despite blowing a 9-2 lead after six innings.
Dan Uggla homered for the sixth time in as many games and tied the contest with an RBI double with two outs in the ninth inning. He has 143 homers for his career, tying the Marlins team record set by Mike Lowell. Pinch-hitter Donnie Murphy added a three-run homer and Ronny Paulino clubbed a solo shot for the Marlins.
Hanley Ramirez singled and Logan Morrison doubled with one out in the ninth inning. A groundout by Gaby Sanchez scored Ramirez with two outs. Uggla, facing a 3-2 count against closer Brian Wilson, slugged a ground-rule double to the gap in left-center field. Pinch-hitter Wes Helms struck out swinging to end the inning.
The Giants had a rally thwarted in the bottom of the ninth after putting two men on base, but capitalized in the 10th against Clay Hensley (1-4). Aaron Rowand singled to left field and Edgar Renteria followed by hitting a ball that bounced off the chest of third baseman Murphy. Nate Schierholtz singled sharply to right field and Torres followed by taking the first pitch deep to left-center field to end the game.
Jonathan Sanchez was charged with seven hits and five runs over six-plus innings, but fanned seven batters in the start for the Giants. Chris Ray (2-0) picked up the victory by retiring the side in order in the top of the 10th.
Florida's Alex Sanabia was shelled for nine hits and seven runs over two-plus innings.
The Giants totaled six hits in the first inning, including RBI singles from Aubrey Huff and Rowand, and a two-run base hit from Uribe.
Morrison doubled in Ramirez in the third, but the Giants got a two-run triple from Uribe in the bottom of the frame, and he then scored on a Jorge Sosa wild pitch.
Paulino homered in the fourth, but Torres went deep in the sixth to provide the 9-2 margin.
Murphy homered off Sanchez in the seventh, and Uggla went deep against Denny Bautista later in the inning to get the visitors within 9-7.
The Giants have won 18 games so far this month and with two more victories, they'll have their first 20-win month since September 2000...Posey's streak is the second-longest by a rookie in San Francisco-era history behind Hall of Famer Willie McCovey's 22-gamer in 1959. Benito Santiago holds the major league rookie record for hitting safely in 34 straight games in 1987. The longest consecutive game hitting streak in San Francisco era history (since 1958) is held by Jack Clark, who hit safely in 26 games in 1978...San Francisco swept a three-game set from the Marlins earlier in the year and has won seven of the last nine meetings in the series.
San Francisco stayed hot on Tuesday, as Juan Uribe led off the bottom of the eighth inning with a tie-breaking homer off Brian Sanches and Edgar Renteria added a two-run shot later in the frame, lifting the Giants to a 6-4 win.
Posey had an RBI single in the third inning to extend his streak, while Andres Torres went 3-for-4 and scored twice for the Giants, who won for the fifth time in six contests and moved within 2 1/2 games of San Diego for first place in the NL West.
"It was a nice win, especially who we were going against tonight," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.
Johnson had gone 13 straight starts without allowing more than two earned runs, a streak dating back to May 8 when he surrendered three runs to the Washington Nationals. The only streak longer was Mike Scott's amazing 14-game run with the Houston Astros in 1986.
"When you allow only three runs and you call that an off day it is amazing," Marlins interim manager Edwin Rodriguez said. "We should have scored for him. He kept us in the game."
Posey, meanwhile, is batting .450 with 23 RBI during the majors' longest active hitting streak, and the second-longest ever by a San Francisco rookie since Hall of Famer Willie McCovey's 22-gamer in 1959.
Hoping to slow Posey down tonight will be righty Alex Sanabia, who is 1-1 with a 2.11. Sanabia did not get a decision on Friday against Atlanta, which managed just a run and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings.
Sanabia has never faced the Giants, who will pin their hopes on Jonathan Sanchez. Sanchez is 7-6 on the year, but has not received a decision in his last three starts. He gave up a run and four hits in five innings on Friday in Arizona, but did not factor in the decision of his team's 7-4 win.
Sanchez is 0-1 in three games (one start) with a 7.36 ERA.
San Francisco swept a three-game set from the Marlins earlier in the year and has won six of the last eight meetings in the series.
San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Juan Uribe led off the bottom of the eighth inning with a tie-breaking homer off Brian Sanches and Edgar Renteria added a two-run shot later in the frame, lifting the San Francisco Giants to a 6-4 win over the Florida Marlins.
Rookie Buster Posey had an RBI single in the third inning to extend his hitting streak to 20 games. Andres Torres went 3-for-4 and scored twice for the Giants, who won for the fifth time in six contests and moved within 2 1/2 games of San Diego for first place in the NL West.
The second contest of the four-game series was tied 3-3 until Uribe, who came into the game with 15 hits in his last 77 at-bats, stepped to the plate and crushed a 1-2 offering over the wall in left-center field for his 14th homer of the year.
Aaron Rowand singled with one out and Renteria followed with a homer to left field. Before the homers, Sanches (0-2) hadn't allowed a run in his last nine appearances, spanning a total of 10 innings.
Sergio Romo (4-3) retired the side in order in the eighth inning to get the win. Uggla homered off Brian Wilson with two outs in the ninth, but the right- hander fanned Wes Helms to end the game to pick up his major league-leading 30th save.
Torres doubled with one out in the third and scored on Aubrey Huff's two- bagger with two down. Posey then singled in Huff, but was thrown out at second base.
Ross homered to left in the fifth inning to tie it, but the Giants regained the lead in the bottom half when Freddy Sanchez singled in Torres.
Uggla homered to left leading off the seventh for his 20th long ball of the year.
Posey is just the seventh Giants player in the San Francisco era to have a hitting streak of at least 20 games. His streak is the second-longest by a rookie in San Francisco-era history behind Hall of Famer Willie McCovey's 22- gamer in 1959...The Marlins released pitcher Nate Robertson a week after designating him for assignment. The Marlins also designated minor league pitcher Kris Harvey for assignment...Johnson had gone 13 straight starts without allowing more than two earned runs, a streak dating back to May 8 when he surrendered three runs to the Washington Nationals. The only streak longer was Mike Scott's amazing 14-game run with the Houston Astros in 1986.
Johnson has gone 13 straight starts without allowing more than two earned runs, a streak dating back to May 8 when he surrendered three runs to the Washington Nationals. The only streak longer was Mike Scott's amazing 14-game run with the Houston Astros in 1986.
"I'm just going out there with the mindset, if something's working, don't change it," Johnson said. "I try to keep my team in the game. I don't know what to tell you. I try not to put any extra pressure on myself. I do what I'm doing in each game."
Johnson lowered his league-leading earned run average to 1.61 Thursday against Colorado but did not get a win, as he allowed a run and five hits in 6 1/3 innings. He is 10-3 on the season.
However, the Giants have had their way with Johnson, who is 0-3 with a 3.00 ERA in four starts against them.
Nolasco (11-7) allowed four hits, a run, walked a batter and had seven strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings to win for the sixth time in his last seven starts.
"I understood those guys were putting up some really good at-bats, fouling of a lot of good pitches," Nolasco said. "I just wasn't going to give in. Obviously I wanted to keep my pitch count down, but I wasn't able to pitch deeper in the game."
Stanton drove in two and Leo Nunez surrendered a run in the ninth, but left the potential tying tally at third for his 24th save as the Marlins posted their eighth win in 10 games.
Barry Zito (8-6) permitted eight hits and three runs over 6 1/3 innings and suffered his first career loss when facing Florida. Zito, who had been 5-0 in six starts versus the Marlins, had three strikeouts.
Aaron Rowand belted a pinch-hit two-run homer in the seventh inning, but the Giants had a four-game winning streak broken and lost for just the fourth time in their last 19 contests. Buster Posey extended his hitting streak to 19 games, the second-longest by a San Francisco rookie since Hall of Famer Willie McCovey's 22-gamer in 1959.
Getting the call for the Giants tonight will be righty Matt Cain, who has won his last two starts. Cain was brilliant Thursday in Arizona, as he scattered three hits over eight scoreless innings to run his record to 8-8 while lowering his ERA to 3.10.
Cain beat the Marlins back on May 6 and is 3-0 with a 2.83 ERA in six starts against them.
San Francisco swept a three-game set from the Marlins earlier in the year and has won five of the last seven meetings in the series.
San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Dan Uggla and Mike Stanton homered to back the strong pitching of Ricky Nolasco, as Florida held on for a 4-3 win over the San Francisco Giants to open a four-game set.
Nolasco (11-7) allowed four hits, a run, walked a batter and had seven strikeouts to win for the sixth time in his last seven starts.
Barry Zito (8-6) permitted eight hits and three runs over 6 1/3 innings and suffered his first career loss when facing Florida. Zito, who had been 5-0 in six starts vs. the Marlins, had three strikeouts.
Aaron Rowand belted a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the seventh inning, but the Giants had a four-game winning streak broken and lost for just the fourth time in their last 19 contests. Buster Posey extended his hitting streak to 19 games, the second-longest by a rookie in San Francisco-era history behind Hall of Famer Willie McCovey's 22-gamer in 1959.
Uggla homered to left in the fourth inning and Stanton hit Zito's first pitch of the fifth over the wall in left-center. It became 3-0 in the sixth when Uggla scored on a Cody Ross sacrifice fly on a nice sliding catch by Andres Torres in right-center field.
Pat Burrell walked with one out in the seventh. Rowand, pinch-hitting for Travis Ishikawa, sent Taylor Tankersley's 0-1 pitch over the wall in left field. Emilio Bonifacio jumped at the fence, but the ball was caught by fan with a glove at the top of the wall. Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez argued that the fan interfered, but after umpires went into the clubhouse for a replay, the evidence wasn't strong enough to overturn the home run call.
Ross scored on Stanton's double to center in the eighth and Nunez survived the ninth. Rowand and Freddy Sanchez singled to start the frame. Pinch-hitter Ryan Rohlinger put down a successful sacrifice bunt, and one run scored on Torres' groundout. First baseman Gaby Sanchez knocked down the ball on a diving stop and flipped to Nunez for the out. Edgar Renteria struck out to end the game and had to be thrown out at first base by catcher Ronny Paulino.
It was the first pinch-hit homer of Rowand's career...Former Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula was in attendance...Before Monday, Zito had allowed one home run (2007) to the Marlins...After the game, the Marlins placed outfielder Chris Coghlan on the 15-day disabled list with torn meniscus in his right knee. They also called up first baseman Logan Morrison from Triple-A New Orleans...The Marlins moved above .500 (50-49) for the first time since June 3.
SB Nation's San Francisco Giants blog, McCovey Chronicles, posted a series preview earlier this morning for the four-game home affair against the Marlins.
Pitcher to watch
Man, that Josh Johnson is okay. When people get disappointed that Matt Cain is only one of the better pitchers in the National League, the slacker, it's because they expected him to turn into what Josh Johnson has become this year. Johnson is a year older than Cain, so keep the comparison alive and hold out hope that Cain will go into beast mode at some point. Until then, the Giants will have to figure out how to score against Johnson on Wednesday. It will be tough, but not impo...wait, he's pitching against Cain? Oh, swell. Just mark the complete-game shutout in your scorebook right now. At least we know that Cain will pitch well and lower his ERA.
The four-game series kicks off in San Francisco tonight at 7:05 p.m. pacific time.
San Francisco has won four straight and 14 of its last 17 to move within three games of the San Diego Padres in the National League West while claiming the Wild Card lead, 1 1/2 games in front of Cincinnati.
Rookie Buster Posey has been the fuel behind the Giants' recent surge, as he enters tonight's tilt riding an 18-game hitting streak, the second-longest in team history behind Willie McCovey's 22-gamer.
Posey continued to roll on Sunday, going 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles and an RBI in the Giants' 3-2, 10-inning win over Arizona to complete a four-game sweep. He also needs one more RBI to move past Jim Ray Hart, who set a team rookie record with 24 RBI in one month in 1964.
"I'm seeing the ball well. That's my approach, try to see the ball and get the barrel on it. Keep it simple," a humble Posey said.
San Francisco may be able to keep rolling tonight, as scheduled starter Barry Zito is a perfect 5-0 lifetime against the Marlins. He beat them earlier in the year by allowing one run in seven innings and has pitched to a 2.15 earned run average in his six starts against Florida.
Zito, who is 8-5 with a 3.45 ERA, suffered a hard-luck loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, as he allowed two runs in 7 1/3 innings of the 2-0 setback.
Florida, meanwhile, sliced into Atlanta's lead in the National League East this weekend by taking two of three from the Braves and has won seven of its last nine to get back to .500. In Sunday's rubber match, Wes Helms hit a run- scoring single in the bottom of the 11th inning, lifting the Marlins to a 5-4 win.
Helms ended with two hits, three RBI, and a run scored for the Marlins, who have not been over .500 since they were 28-27 on June 3.
Chris Volstad, who was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans prior to the game, lasted six frames for Florida in the start, allowing three runs on five hits. Jorge Sosa (2-2) pitched a scoreless two innings of relief to record the win.
Getting the call for the Marlins tonight will be righty Ricky Nolasco, who is 10-7 with a 4.50 ERA. Nolasco improved to 5-1 over his last six starts with a win over Colorado on Wednesday. He gave up two runs and four hits in eight innings of that one, as he moved past A.J. Burnett for second all-time in franchise history with 50 wins.
Nolasco is just 1-2 in three starts against the Giants, despite a 2.05 ERA.
San Francisco swept a three-game set from the Marlins earlier in the year and has won five of the last six meetings in the series.
|Tue 07/27 - Josh Johnson vs. Matt Cain||7:15 PM PDT|
|Wed 07/28 - Alex Sanabia vs. Jonathan Sanchez||4:05 PM PDT|
|Thu 07/29 - Anibal Sanchez vs. Madison Bumgarner||12:45 PM PDT|
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