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N.L. batting title race: Buster Posey takes lead over Andrew McCutchen

After his 2-4 day on Thursday against the Arizona Diamondbacks, San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey took the lead in the race for the NL batting title from Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen.

Posey's batting average rose to .333 after a pair of singles and a run scored in the Giants 7-3 victory, while McCutchen had an 0-4 day against the New York Mets on Thursday night, dropping his average to .331 as part of the 6-5 loss.

Both men have six games left on their schedule, with the Giants taking on the Padres in San Diego on Friday, where Posey has a .310 average (9-29) with three homers and eight RBI in his career. McCutchen and the Pirates host the Reds at PNC Park, where he is batting .338 this season (91-269) with 14 home runs and 53 RBI.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy could decide to rest Posey before the postseason as they have already clinched the division and are four games behind the Washington Nationals for the best record in the National League. But if McCutchen has a few more 0-4 days, any rest could work in Posey's favor as he looks for his first batting title.