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Molina, Giants top D-Backs, keep flickering wild-card hopes alive

CBSSports.com wire reports
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Bengie Molina gave the San Francisco Giants something to think about as they contemplate whether to bring the veteran catcher back for another year.

Molina, who is eligible for free agency this offseason, had two home runs and four RBI on Tuesday night to lead the Giants to an 8-4 victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks that kept San Francisco's slim wild-card hopes alive.

"We don't know what's going to happen and Bengie doesn't know what's going to happen," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "I do know he's done a great job here. We wouldn't be in this position ... without Bengie. He's going to be fine no matter what happens."

Pablo Sandoval had four hits and two RBI for the Giants, who trail NL wild card-leading Colorado by five with five games left. The Rockies beat Milwaukee 7-5 in 11 innings.

  Playoff Race

Playing in what could be his last home series with the Giants, Molina had one of his best nights at the team's waterfront stadium after sitting out the previous three games with bruised fingers on his left hand. San Francisco's popular catcher matched his season high with four RBI and went deep twice for the second time this year, giving him a career-high 20.

Molina, 35, hit a two-run homer off Doug Davis in the fourth and followed Sandoval's two-run shot in the seventh with a drive off Leo Rosales.

But the Giants need to add more offense and have 2008 first-round draft pick Buster Posey, who hit .325 with 18 home runs and 80 RBI in the minors this year, waiting to take over behind the plate.

"Hopefully he'll get back with us and help us like he has the last three years," winning pitcher Jonathan Sanchez said. "The way he handles the pitching is amazing."

Molina wasn't in the locker room when reporters were allowed in after the game.

Miguel Montero hit two home runs, including a two-run drive into McCovey Cove in the sixth, for Arizona.

"We gave them a lot of baserunners and allowed them to create rallies," Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch said. "We couldn't get out of anything. We always felt like we were one out away from getting out of something but with two outs they never let up. Sandoval and Molina were the difference in the game."

Sandoval had two singles, a double and his 23rd home run to raise his average to .329. He also scored four times.

Sanchez (8-12) retired 11 of the first 13 batters he faced before yielding Montero's two-run homer in the fourth. The next batter, Ryan Roberts, hit what was initially ruled a home run before umpires, using instant replay, changed it to a ground-rule double.

Left fielder Andres Torres appeared to catch the ball after leaping at the fence, but it popped out of his glove and landed on top of the wall momentarily before dropping off. Torres, who had fallen on his back on the warning track, reached up and grabbed the ball out of the air but third base umpire Dana DeMuth signaled home run.

Bochy came out to protest and the umpiring crew left the field briefly to view the replay before returning and changing the call to a double. Sanchez then retired Rusty Ryal to end the inning.

Sanchez allowed three runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings. Bob Howry, Dan Runzler, Jeremy Affeldt and Sergio Romo combined to finish the seven-hitter.

"We're still breathing," Bochy said. "There's a little hope, not a lot."

Montero's towering drive in the sixth was the first ball hit into McCovey Cove by a Giants opponent this season and cut San Francisco's lead to 4-3. Montero picked up his first multihomer game of the year and third of his career.

"It was like a home run derby," Montero said. "It was a long game, it was miserable because it was too long and it looked like the ball was flying today."

Sandoval doubled leading off the bottom half and scored on a single by Molina.

Davis (8-14) beat San Francisco a week earlier when he went 7 1/3 innings but the left-hander wasn't nearly as sharp this time. He gave up seven hits and walked five in four innings while losing for the sixth time in his past eight starts.

Eugenio Velez scored on a wild pitch in the first and Aaron Rowand drew a bases-loaded walk to give the Giants a 2-0 lead.

Notes

  • The Diamondbacks fell to 2-8 at AT&T Park this season.
  • Sanchez is 3-1 with a 2.59 ERA in five starts and one relief appearance against Arizona in 2009.
  • Roberts is batting .400 (10 for 25) over his past eight games.
  • Davis singled in the third, his 10th hit of the year.
  • Arizona RHP Daniel Cabrera pitched a scoreless eighth and has not allowed a run in his past three outings.
 
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Bengie Molina hits his 19th and 20th homers of the season, earning props from Pablo Sandoval (48).  (AP)
Bengie Molina hits his 19th and 20th homers of the season, earning props from Pablo Sandoval (48). (AP)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

B. Molina
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 2
RBI 4
Arizona

M. Montero
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 3
 
Arizona Diamondbacks
Chris Young, CF4010012 .208
Stephen Drew, SS4000012 .256
Justin Upton, RF4111021 .306
Mark Reynolds, 3B3100111 .263
Miguel Montero, C4223010 .299
Ryan Roberts, LF4010010 .281
Rusty Ryal, 1B3000021 .273
   a- Gerardo Parra, PH1000000 .290
Augie Ojeda, 2B3010100 .248
Doug Davis, P1010000 .167
   b- Eric Byrnes, PH1000000 .213
    Yusmeiro Petit, P0000000 .037
    Leo Rosales, P0000000 .000
   c- Alex Romero, PH0000000 .252
   d- John Hester, PH1000011 .292
    Clay Zavada, P0000000 .000
    Daniel Cabrera, P0000000 .000
   e- Chad Tracy, PH1000001 .236
Totals34474210  
a-flied out for Ryal in the 9th
b-flied out for Davis in the 5th
c-announced for Rosales in the 7th
d-struck out for Romero in the 7th
e-flied out for Cabrera in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ryan Roberts (17, Sanchez)
HR - Justin Upton (26, Affeldt), Miguel Montero 2 (16, Sanchez, Sanchez)
RBI - Justin Upton (84), Miguel Montero 3 (59)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Montero 3 (26)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Reynolds-Ryal
Arizona Diamondbacks
Doug Davis (L,8-14) 4744531 4.19
Yusmeiro Petit 1311110 5.89
Leo Rosales 1100000 4.57
Clay Zavada 1333012 3.42
Daniel Cabrera 1100120 6.07
HBP - Sanchez (by Doug Davis)
WP - Doug Davis (11), Yusmeiro Petit (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Doug Davis 107-65, Yusmeiro Petit 28-17, Leo Rosales 15-10, Clay Zavada 25-17, Daniel Cabrera 23-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Davis 3-5, Yusmeiro Petit 1-1, Leo Rosales 1-2, Clay Zavada 1-1
Batters Faced - Doug Davis 24, Yusmeiro Petit 7, Leo Rosales 4, Clay Zavada 6, Daniel Cabrera 5
San Francisco Giants
Eugenio Velez, 2B5110123 .265
Andres Torres, LF4110103 .257
Pablo Sandoval, 3B5442001 .329
Bengie Molina, C5244012 .265
Juan Uribe, SS3000202 .297
Ryan Garko, 1B3020101 .270
    Travis Ishikawa, 1B0000100 .262
Aaron Rowand, CF4011123 .262
Randy Winn, RF5020008 .261
Jonathan Sanchez, P1000003 .051
    Bob Howry, P0000000 .000
    Dan Runzler, P0000000 .000
   a- Rich Aurilia, PH1000010 .222
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .500
   b- Nate Schierholtz, PH1000012 .270
    Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
Totals37815777  
a-struck out for Runzler in the 7th
b-struck out for Affeldt in the 8th
Batting
2B - Pablo Sandoval (44, Petit)
3B - Andres Torres (7, Zavada)
HR - Pablo Sandoval (23, Zavada), Bengie Molina 2 (20, Davis, Zavada)
SH - Jonathan Sanchez (8)
RBI - Pablo Sandoval 2 (87), Bengie Molina 4 (79), Aaron Rowand (64)
2-OUT RBI - Pablo Sandoval 2 (35), Bengie Molina 3 (25), Aaron Rowand (22)
SB - Eugenio Velez (9, 3rd base off Davis/Montero)
Team LOB - 14
San Francisco Giants
Jonathan Sanchez (W,8-12) 5.2533142 4.27
Bob Howry (H,10) 0.2000120 3.29
Dan Runzler (H,2) 0.2000020 0.00
Jeremy Affeldt 1111021 1.84
Sergio Romo 1100000 4.01
Pitches-Strikes - Jonathan Sanchez 97-57, Bob Howry 15-6, Dan Runzler 7-6, Jeremy Affeldt 20-13, Sergio Romo 22-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathan Sanchez 8-5, Sergio Romo 1-2
Batters Faced - Jonathan Sanchez 23, Bob Howry 3, Dan Runzler 2, Jeremy Affeldt 4, Sergio Romo 4
Game Information
Attendance - 28039
Game Time - 3:23
Temperature - 60
Umpires - Home - Doug Eddings, First Base - Brian Knight, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Dana DeMuth