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Cabrera has 4 RBI, Giants beat Marlins

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MIAMI -- Once the San Francisco Giants started scoring for Ryan Vogelsong, the runs kept coming.

Melky Cabrera and Angel Pagan drove in four runs apiece Thursday, and the Giants gave Vogelsong robust support for a change to beat the Miami Marlins 14-7.

"Good to see the boys swinging a little bit," said Vogelsong (3-2). "Good sign."

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The right-hander allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings, which hiked his ERA to 2.50. The Giants had totaled 22 runs in his previous seven starts, but this time he took the mound in the seventh with an 8-1 lead.

"Every time he pitches, he really focuses on keeping the other guys really low on scoring runs," said Gregor Blanco, who scored three runs. "We have to support him. That's what we did tonight."

The Giants came into the game leading the majors in stranded runners, but went 7 for 17 with runners in scoring position. Their run total and 15 hits were both season highs.

Pagan had a pair of broken-bat two-run doubles, while Cabrera had three hits and raised his average to .362.

The Giants' victory came at the start of a four-game series. Miami swept three games in San Francisco early this month.

"You like to see your offense break out," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "That's something we haven't done, especially against this club."

Giancarlo Stanton drove in three runs and hit another tape-measure home run for the Marlins. They began the night with the best record in the majors since May 1, but lost their second in a row.

"That's the worst game we've played all year," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "All-around very ugly."

A long, humbling night for Miami included a botched rundown, a throwing error, two wild pitches, 11 men left on base and one pratfall. First baseman Logan Morrison ducked and landed with an awkward flop to avoid being hit in the head by a throw home from right fielder Stanton.

The bizarre moment left both players laughing.

"That kind of game, you're scratching your head," Guillen said. "You have to turn the page as quick as you can."

Anibal Sanchez (2-3) gave up five runs in 5 1/3 innings, his shortest and worst outing this year. He had allowed a total of three runs in his four previous starts against the Giants.

"Sanchez has been tough on us in the past," Vogelsong said. "It was good to see us kind of get to him a little bit."

The game was tied at 1 when the Giants wiggled out of a rundown and went on to score four runs in the sixth. Gregor Blanco tripled and was briefly hung up on a grounder back to Sanchez, but he scrambled safely back to third when catcher Brett Hayes held the ball too long.

"One little play changed the game," Guillen said.

After a walk loaded the bases, Pagan hit a two-run double, another run scored on a wild pitch and Brandon Belt blooped an RBI single over a drawn-in infield to put the Giants up 5-1 and end Sanchez's night.

"A lot of bloopers, a lot of bad luck," Sanchez said. "It's part of baseball."

The Marlins sometimes celebrate big hits by making a "lo viste" sign - a sideways V over one eye - and a grinning Pagan borrowed the gesture after he singled home a run in the fourth inning.

Consecutive two-run doubles by Brandon Crawford and Cabrera in the eighth put the Giants ahead 12-3.

Stanton became the first player to homer into the beer garden beyond the 427-foot sign in left-center field some 50 feet above the playing field. It was his 10th homer this season and gave Miami a 1-0 lead in the second inning.

"He's strong," Vogelsong said. "I challenged him, he hit it."

On Monday, a grand slam by Stanton knocked out a cluster of scoreboard lights. He had a shot at his third grand slam of the season in the fifth, but fouled out to end the inning.

Notes

  • Marlins LHP Mike Dunn gave up four runs in one inning, then was optioned after the game to Triple-A New Orleans.
  • Vogelsong struck out three times and is 0 for 15 with 13 strikeouts this year.
  • Omar Infante had four hits and improved to 7 for 11 (.636) against Vogelsong.
  • Giants LHP Javier Lopez caught a pop foul near the backstop after C Hector Sanchez was slow to react.
  • The game took 3 hours, 54 minutes.
  • Two struggling aces meet Friday when Tim Lincecum (2-4, 6.04 ERA) pitches against Josh Johnson (2-3, 4.82).
  • Friday marks the anniversary of Giants catcher Buster Posey's season-ending leg injury last year. He was hurt in a collision with the Marlins' Scott Cousins, now playing in Triple-A.
 
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The Giants celebrate a rare offensive outburst against the Marlins with a season high in hits and runs.  (US Presswire)
The Giants celebrate a rare offensive outburst against the Marlins with a season high in hits and runs. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Miami

G. Stanton
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
San Francisco

M. Cabrera
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 0
RBI 4
 
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gregor Blanco, RF-LF4320220 .256
Brandon Crawford, SS4212123 .232
Melky Cabrera, LF5334000 .362
    Hector Sanchez, C0000000 .290
Buster Posey, C4120122 .306
    Javier Lopez, P0000000 .000
    Steve Edlefsen, P0000000 .000
Angel Pagan, CF5124012 .297
Brandon Belt, 1B4011012 .227
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
    Nate Schierholtz, RF1110000 .253
Joaquin Arias, 3B5110011 .259
Emmanuel Burriss, 2B4110101 .204
Ryan Vogelsong, P3000031 .000
    Clay Hensley, P0000000 .000
    Brett Pill, 1B2110000 .219
Totals41141511512  
Batting
2B - Brandon Crawford (11, Dunn), Melky Cabrera 2 (13, Webb, Dunn), Angel Pagan (9, Sanchez)
3B - Gregor Blanco (1, Sanchez)
RBI - Brandon Crawford 2 (14), Melky Cabrera 4 (22), Angel Pagan 4 (17), Brandon Belt (12)
SB - Gregor Blanco (5, 3rd base off Webb/Hayes), Melky Cabrera (7, 2nd base off Sanchez/Hayes), Joaquin Arias (2, 2nd base off Webb/Hayes), Emmanuel Burriss (3, 2nd base off Sanchez/Hayes)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Buster Posey (7, Throwing)
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ryan Vogelsong (W,3-2) 6.1733341 2.50
Clay Hensley 0.1200010 1.96
Jeremy Affeldt 0.1000110 2.81
Javier Lopez 1444110 4.22
Steve Edlefsen 1000010 3.00
WP - Ryan Vogelsong (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Vogelsong 115-75, Clay Hensley 7-6, Jeremy Affeldt 10-6, Javier Lopez 27-18, Steve Edlefsen 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Vogelsong 4-11, Steve Edlefsen 2-0
Batters Faced - Ryan Vogelsong 29, Clay Hensley 3, Jeremy Affeldt 2, Javier Lopez 8, Steve Edlefsen 3
Miami Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS4220100 .263
    Steve Cishek, P0000000 .000
Omar Infante, 2B5240001 .340
Hanley Ramirez, 3B3000114 .251
    Mike Dunn, P0000000 .000
   a- Donovan Solano, PH-SS1112000 .667
Greg Dobbs, LF-3B3021101 .288
   b- Donnie Murphy, PH-3B1000002 .132
Giancarlo Stanton, RF5133014 .284
Logan Morrison, 1B4001112 .228
Brett Hayes, C5010023 .286
Chris Coghlan, CF4100102 .106
Anibal Sanchez, P2000010 .118
    Ryan Webb, P0000000 .000
   c- Kevin Mattison, PH-LF3000021 .000
Totals40713758  
a-singled for Dunn in the 8th
b-popped out for Dobbs in the 8th
c-struck out for Webb in the 7th
Batting
2B - Giancarlo Stanton (11, Lopez)
HR - Giancarlo Stanton (10, Vogelsong)
RBI - Donovan Solano 2 (2), Greg Dobbs (10), Giancarlo Stanton 3 (32), Logan Morrison (11)
2-OUT RBI - Greg Dobbs (5), Giancarlo Stanton 2 (16), Logan Morrison (4)
SB - Omar Infante 2 (6, 2nd base off Vogelsong/Posey, 3rd base off Vogelsong/Posey)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Sanchez-Reyes-Morrison, Infante-Reyes-Morrison, Solano-Infante-Morrison
E - Brett Hayes (4, Throwing), Omar Infante (4, Misplayed grounder)
Miami Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Anibal Sanchez (L,2-3) 5.1755270 2.87
Ryan Webb 1.2333110 3.98
Mike Dunn 1344230 9.58
Steve Cishek 1220010 1.35
WP - Anibal Sanchez 2 (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Anibal Sanchez 92-66, Ryan Webb 41-25, Mike Dunn 38-23, Steve Cishek 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Anibal Sanchez 5-3, Ryan Webb 4-0, Steve Cishek 2-0
Batters Faced - Anibal Sanchez 24, Ryan Webb 9, Mike Dunn 8, Steve Cishek 5
Game Information
Attendance - 24099
Game Time - 3:54
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Wally Bell, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - Mike Muchlinski