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Giants squash Marlins' relievers for win; Posey's hit streak at 20

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Edgar Renteria believes San Francisco has a good shot to make the playoffs this season. The veteran shortstop is doing his part to get the Giants there.

Renteria hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning, three batters after Juan Uribe's tie-breaking solo shot, helping San Francisco beat the Florida Marlins 6-4 on Tuesday night.

"That's why I signed last year, because I knew they had a lot of young guys and a lot of talent," said Renteria, whose home run was his first in nearly four months. "Last year it didn't work but this year we have a chance to do it, so we're not going to be sleeping. We're going to be ready."

The Giants pulled within 2½ games of first-place San Diego in the NL West and maintained their 1½-game lead on Cincinnati in the wild-card race.

They did it by outlasting Florida All-Star Josh Johnson then scoring three times off the Marlins bullpen.

Uribe's home run was his 14th of the season and his second in four games. Renteria's was his first since April 9.

"That's a nice win ... especially who we were going against," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "We're going to see good pitching down the stretch and it's going to be important that we win some of these games. If we're going to be the club we think we are we're going to have to beat these guys, and tonight we did."

Buster Posey extended his major-league-leading hit streak to 20 games, two shy of the Giants' franchise rookie record held by Willie McCovey, as San Francisco won for the 16th time in 20 games.

Dan Uggla hit two home runs for Florida, which lost for only the fifth time in 15 games.

"We had a good shot at winning this game," Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez said. "We need to score some runs for [Johnson]. He kept us in the game. When he ran into problems he was able to control them."

Uribe, starting in place of Pablo Sandoval at third base, barely missed a home run on the first pitch he saw from reliever Brian Sanches (0-2) before he belted a 1-2 pitch deep over the wall in left-center to break a 3-3 tie. Renteria followed three batters later with his second home run of the season despite Bochy calling for a hit-and-run.

"That's what I was trying to do," Renteria said. "But I have to be aggressive, and when you're aggressive, that happens."

Sergio Romo (4-3) pitched one scoreless inning for the victory while Brian Wilson worked the ninth for his 30th save in 32 tries.

Johnson had not allowed more than two runs in his previous 13 starts and was attempting to become the first pitcher since Houston's Mike Scott (1986) to run the streak to 14.

It didn't happen for the Marlins' All-Star. Johnson allowed three runs and eight hits, matching his season high.

"At times I found my rhythm and it would be good for two batters and then go away," Johnson said. "My pitches were decent but some just fell in. They got wood on them and put them in there. The other pitches were just horrible pitches."

Aubrey Huff hit an RBI double in the third to drive in Andres Torres and later scored on Posey's single. Posey's streak is two shy of McCovey's rookie record set in 1959, and the longest by any Giant since Randy Winn had a 20-game streak in 2007.

The rookie catcher is hitting .456 with six home runs and 23 RBI during the streak.

"We're all into it now," Bochy said. "Since he's come up here he's been a shot in the arm for us. This won't be his only streak. This guy can hit."

Torres doubled with two outs in the fifth and scored on Freddy Sanchez's single to make it 3-2 but Uggla's solo home run off Cain tied the score.

San Francisco's Matt Cain scattered four hits and gave up three runs over seven innings but left with a no-decision for only the second time in his past 18 starts.

Uggla added his 21st home run of the season with two outs in the ninth off Wilson to cut it to 6-4. San Francisco's closer then struck out Wes Helms to end the game.

Notes

  • Johnson still leads the majors with a 1.72 ERA.
  • Huff needs one hit to reach 1,500.
  • Sandoval, who missed the past two games while attending to personal matters in Venezuela, arrived at the park less than two hours before the start of the game. He's expected to be in the lineup Wednesday.
  • Sanchez returned to the No. 2 spot in the Giants lineup after spending the previous two games hitting eighth.
  • Rodriguez said the team should know within five days whether injured OF Chris Coghlan will require surgery after tearing the meniscus in his left knee while celebrating the Marlins' victory against Atlanta on Sunday. Coghlan, who was placed on the 15-day DL on Tuesday, will meet with a doctor in Miami later this week.
  • The Marlins made two other moves, designating minor league RHP Kris Harvey for assignment and releasing LHP Nate Robertson.
  • George Davis holds the Giants franchise hitting streak record with 33 in 1893.
  • Uggla has 142 home runs with the Marlins, one shy of the franchise record held by Mike Lowell.
 
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Edgar Renteria connects on a rare home run to help the Giants rally out three runs in the eighth.  (AP)
Edgar Renteria connects on a rare home run to help the Giants rally out three runs in the eighth. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

D. Uggla
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 2
San Francisco

A. Torres
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Florida Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Hanley Ramirez, SS3000100 .286
Logan Morrison, LF4010010 .250
Gaby Sanchez, 1B3000100 .298
Dan Uggla, 2B4222012 .279
Wes Helms, 3B4110030 .254
Cody Ross, CF3112010 .274
Mike Stanton, RF2000110 .222
Ronny Paulino, C3000001 .271
Josh Johnson, P2000010 .114
   a- Bryan Petersen, PH1000000 .091
    Brian Sanches, P0000000 .000
    Burke Badenhop, P0000000 .000
Totals2945438  
a-popped out for Johnson in the 8th
Batting
HR - Dan Uggla 2 (21, Cain, Wilson), Cody Ross (9, Cain)
RBI - Dan Uggla 2 (61), Cody Ross 2 (51)
2-OUT RBI - Dan Uggla (24)
CS - Hanley Ramirez (7, 2nd base by Cain/Posey)
Team LOB - 1
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Mike Stanton 1
DP - G. Sanchez
E - Wes Helms (2, Misplayed grounder)
Florida Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Josh Johnson 7833350 1.72
Brian Sanches (L,0-2) 0.1333002 3.31
Burke Badenhop 0.2000010 5.52
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Johnson 114-73, Brian Sanches 13-8, Burke Badenhop 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Johnson 6-9, Brian Sanches 1-0, Burke Badenhop 1-0
Batters Faced - Josh Johnson 31, Brian Sanches 4, Burke Badenhop 2
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andres Torres, RF4230100 .279
Freddy Sanchez, 2B4021012 .275
Aubrey Huff, LF2111212 .307
Buster Posey, C4011016 .366
Juan Uribe, 3B4111002 .255
Travis Ishikawa, 1B4000000 .312
Aaron Rowand, CF4120010 .247
Edgar Renteria, SS4112001 .291
Matt Cain, P2000010 .105
   a- Nate Schierholtz, PH1000000 .246
    Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
   b- Pat Burrell, PH1000010 .241
    Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
Totals34611636  
a-grounded out for Cain in the 7th
b-struck out for Romo in the 8th
Batting
2B - Andres Torres 2 (32, Johnson, Johnson), Aubrey Huff (21, Johnson)
HR - Juan Uribe (14, Sanches), Edgar Renteria (2, Sanches)
RBI - Freddy Sanchez (28), Aubrey Huff (61), Buster Posey (34), Juan Uribe (56), Edgar Renteria 2 (19)
2-OUT RBI - Freddy Sanchez (6), Aubrey Huff (16), Buster Posey (11)
SB - Andres Torres (18, 2nd base off Johnson/Paulino)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Ishikawa-Renteria, Renteria-F. Sanchez-Ishikawa
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Matt Cain 7433362 3.14
Sergio Romo (W,4-3) 1000000 1.98
Brian Wilson (S,30) 1111021 1.99
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Cain 98-58, Sergio Romo 10-6, Brian Wilson 17-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Cain 5-7, Sergio Romo 1-2
Batters Faced - Matt Cain 25, Sergio Romo 3, Brian Wilson 4
Game Information
Attendance - 38904
Game Time - 2:28
Temperature - 61
Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Mike Estabrook, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Ed Rapuano