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Posey, Giants pour it on late to take down Nationals

CBSSports.com wire reports
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WASHINGTON -- Buster Posey showed the Washington Nationals what it's like to be beaten by a rookie.

A night after Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg shut down the Giants, Posey hit a tiebreaking single in a four-run seventh inning and added a two-run homer that withstood a video review to lead San Francisco to a 10-5 victory over Washington on Saturday night.

Brought in to protect a 5-4 lead in the seventh, Tyler Clippard (8-6) allowed Aaron Rowand's one-out homer to left on a 3-2 changeup. Freddy Sanchez and Aubrey Huff walked, and both were running when Posey sent a single through the hole between first and second to put the Giants ahead.

"Full count, I was just battling," said Posey, who had his second career four-hit game in four nights. "I knew from watching some previous at-bats, [Clippard] had a lot of confidence in his changeup, and I knew if I was going to get beat, I didn't want to get beat with the changeup."

Juan Uribe then hit a two-run double to right-center for an 8-5 lead.

Clippard has been a dependable setup man, and leads the Nationals' pitching staff in victories, but is 0-3 with 11 runs allowed in his last 6 1/3 innings over seven appearances.

"Tyler's just struggling. ... He's gotten hurt a little bit with his changeup," Washington manager Jim Riggleman said. "He's got a great changeup, but word gets around the league a little bit and every now and then maybe a hitter's looking for it."

In the ninth, Posey hit a drive to right-center off Miguel Batista that was bobbled and caught by a fan in the first row wearing a Giants cap. The fan appeared to reach over the railing, but the umpires used a three-minute review to uphold the call.

"It wasn't a great feeling," Posey said of the brief stoppage. "I really didn't want to go out there to second base, so I was glad it held up."

It was Posey's seventh homer since being recalled from Triple-A Fresno on May 29 -- and his sixth in 10 days. In July, the 23-year-old is hitting .514 and has 13 RBI.

"I try not to have too many expectations," he said. "I try to set myself a goal, whether it's for a year or a week or a day -- just go out and play as hard as I can and the results take care of themselves."

From behind the plate, Posey also made two key defensive plays in the sixth to short-circuit a Washington rally. He threw out pinch-runner Roger Bernadina at third as he tried to advance on Ian Desmond's attempted sacrifice and later nabbed Desmond trying to steal third.

"Big play. We were in a bit of a jam there and [Posey] made a great throw to third [on the bunt]," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He batted well with runners in motion, he found a hole. And at the end, those were big runs to tack on."

On the one-year anniversary of his no-hitter against San Diego, Giants left-hander Jonathan Sanchez lasted only 3 2/3 innings, yielding five hits and five runs. He walked two and struck out six in his shortest outing of the year.

Santiago Casilla (2-2) got the final two outs of the sixth.

Uribe also had three RBI for San Francisco, which has won six of eight games.

Sanchez's wildness spotted the Nationals a 2-0 first-inning lead. Justin Maxwell and Cristian Guzman drew walks before an RBI double by Ryan Zimmerman. Sanchez's wild pitch scored Guzman.

Sanchez helped himself out with a two-run single off Craig Stammen that gave the Giants a 3-2 lead in the second. With runners on first and second, Nate Schierholtz doubled into the right-field corner, scoring a run, and Sanchez followed with a single to center.

Michael Morse homered to center leading off the Nationals second.

Washington chased Sanchez in a two-run fourth. Josh Willingham legged out an infield single and scored on a double to left by Ivan Rodriguez. With two down, Stammen's ground-rule double made it 5-3 and Sanchez was pulled.

Stammen departed in the sixth after Uribe's sacrifice fly got San Francisco to 5-4. The right-hander yielded four runs and six hits.

Notes
  • Washington ended a franchise record streak by not allowing a first-inning run for the first time in 10 games.
  • Maxwell was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse before the game.
  • Uribe (sprained left ring finger) returned to the Giants lineup after missing four games, but OF Andres Torres (left groin tightness) sat out.
  • Nationals C Jesus Flores , who has been on the disabled list all season while rehabilitating a right shoulder injury, has been shut down until after the All-Star break because he is experiencing pain, said general manager Mike Rizzo.
 
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Buster Posey slides in safely at home to score the fourth run during the Giants' big seventh. (AP)
Buster Posey slides in safely at home to score the fourth run during the Giants' big seventh. (AP)

Players of the Game
Washington

R. Zimmerman
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
San Francisco

B. Posey
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 1
RBI 3
 
San Francisco Giants
Aaron Rowand, CF4121021 .238
Freddy Sanchez, 2B4100112 .283
Aubrey Huff, LF3310200 .295
Buster Posey, C5243000 .351
Juan Uribe, SS4013011 .251
Travis Ishikawa, 1B4110112 .339
Pablo Sandoval, 3B2100301 .266
Nate Schierholtz, RF4111024 .256
Jonathan Sanchez, P1012000 .231
    Joe Martinez, P1000000 .000
    Santiago Casilla, P0000000 .000
   a- Pat Burrell, PH1000010 .246
    Chris Ray, P0000000 .000
   b- Edgar Renteria, PH1000000 .301
    Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
Totals3410111078  
a-struck out for Casilla in the 7th
b-grounded out for Ray in the 8th
Batting
2B - Buster Posey (5, Stammen), Juan Uribe (15, Slaten), Nate Schierholtz (9, Stammen)
HR - Aaron Rowand (8, Clippard), Buster Posey (7, Batista)
SF - Juan Uribe (5)
RBI - Aaron Rowand (27), Buster Posey 3 (23), Juan Uribe 3 (49), Nate Schierholtz (12), Jonathan Sanchez 2 (3)
2-OUT RBI - Nate Schierholtz (5), Jonathan Sanchez 2 (2)
Team LOB - 6
San Francisco Giants
Jonathan Sanchez 3.2555261 3.47
Joe Martinez 1.2300200 4.00
Santiago Casilla (W,2-2) 0.2000000 2.08
Chris Ray (H,9) 1000010 2.84
Sergio Romo (H,9) 1000000 2.29
Jeremy Affeldt 1000000 4.55
IBB - Dunn by Joe Martinez
WP - Jonathan Sanchez (9)
Pitches-Strikes - Jonathan Sanchez 85-56, Joe Martinez 30-15, Santiago Casilla 4-3, Chris Ray 13-9, Sergio Romo 9-5, Jeremy Affeldt 9-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathan Sanchez 3-2, Joe Martinez 2-2, Santiago Casilla 1-0, Sergio Romo 2-1, Jeremy Affeldt 3-0
Batters Faced - Jonathan Sanchez 18, Joe Martinez 9, Santiago Casilla 1, Chris Ray 3, Sergio Romo 3, Jeremy Affeldt 3
Washington Nationals
Justin Maxwell, CF4100111 .108
Cristian Guzman, 2B3100100 .295
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4021000 .295
Adam Dunn, 1B3000132 .283
Josh Willingham, LF4120011 .282
Ivan Rodriguez, C4111004 .294
Mike Morse, RF3121011 .328
    Roger Bernadina, PR-RF1000000 .282
Ian Desmond, SS4000001 .254
Craig Stammen, P2011010 .259
    Sean Burnett, P0000000 .000
   a- Willie Harris, PH0000100 .180
    Tyler Clippard, P00000001.000
    Doug Slaten, P0000000 .000
    Joel Peralta, P0000000 .000
    Miguel Batista, P0000000 .250
   b- Alberto Gonzalez, PH1000000 .289
Totals3358447  
a-walked for Burnett in the 6th
b-grounded out for Batista in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ryan Zimmerman 2 (19, Sanchez, Martinez), Ivan Rodriguez (15, Sanchez), Mike Morse (3, Martinez), Craig Stammen (3, Sanchez)
HR - Mike Morse (4, Sanchez)
RBI - Ryan Zimmerman (48), Ivan Rodriguez (27), Mike Morse (9), Craig Stammen (6)
2-OUT RBI - Craig Stammen (5)
SB - Justin Maxwell (3, 2nd base off Sanchez/Posey), Ian Desmond (7, 2nd base off Martinez/Posey)
CS - Ian Desmond (2, 3rd base by Casilla/Posey)
PK - Craig Stammen (1, Martinez)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Stammen-Desmond-Dunn, Stammen-Guzman-Dunn, Guzman-Desmond-Dunn
Washington Nationals
Craig Stammen 5.1644220 5.79
Sean Burnett (H,11) 0.2000110 2.67
Tyler Clippard (BS,7; L,8-6) 0.1244211 3.31
Doug Slaten 0.2100120 3.12
Joel Peralta 1000010 0.87
Miguel Batista 1222111 4.60
IBB - Sandoval by Doug Slaten
HBP - Rowand (by Craig Stammen)
Pitches-Strikes - Craig Stammen 81-52, Sean Burnett 13-7, Tyler Clippard 33-16, Doug Slaten 15-7, Joel Peralta 10-9, Miguel Batista 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Craig Stammen 8-4, Sean Burnett 1-0, Joel Peralta 1-1, Miguel Batista 1-0
Batters Faced - Craig Stammen 23, Sean Burnett 3, Tyler Clippard 5, Doug Slaten 4, Joel Peralta 3, Miguel Batista 5
Game Information
Attendance - 23977
Game Time - 3:23
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Jim Wolf, Second Base - Derryl Cousins, Third Base - D.J. Reyburn