Span, Posey lead Gi­ants to vic­tory

Lodi News-Sentinel - - Sports - By Bernie Wil­son

SAN DIEGO — De­nard Span sin­gled home the go-ahead run in the sixth and Buster Posey home­red an in­ning later for the San Fran­cisco Gi­ants, who held on to beat the San Diego Padres 5-4 Fri­day night in a matchup be­tween two of the worst teams in base­ball.

The Gi­ants snapped a four-game los­ing streak and won for the sec­ond time in seven games. They re­main in last place in the NL West, four games be­hind the fourth-place Padres.

Span’s sin­gle with two outs in the sixth gave the Gi­ants a 4-3 lead and chased Clay­ton Richard (5-9). One bat­ter ear­lier, pinch-hit­ter Miguel Gomez tied it with a sacri­fice fly.

Posey home­red an es­ti­mated 429 feet to straight­away cen­ter field with one out in the sev­enth, his 11th over­all and first since June 22. The star catcher en­tered in a 2-for-19 slump be­fore hit­ting an RBI sin­gle in the first.

Cory Gear­rin (3-2) pitched one in­ning for the win. Sam Dyson al­lowed three hits and one run in the ninth but hung on for his fourth save. He gave up an RBI sin­gle to Jose Pirela and loaded the bases with two outs be­fore get­ting Jabari Blash on a fly to right to end it.

Gorkys Her­nan­dez had a ca­reer­high four hits for the Gi­ants and scored once.

RBI sin­gles by Posey in the first and pitcher Johnny Cueto in the sec­ond gave San Fran­cisco a 2-0 lead.

San Diego tied it in the sec­ond on Blash’s RBI dou­ble fol­lowed by Erick Ay­bar’s run-scor­ing base hit. San Diego took the lead on Austin Hedges’ RBI sin­gle in the fourth.

Richard al­lowed four runs and 11 hits in 5 2/3 in­nings. He struck out four and walked two.

Cueto yielded three runs and six hits in four in­nings. He struck out five and walked three.

Trainer’s room — Padres: RF Hunter Ren­froe was placed on the 10day dis­abled list, retroac­tive to Mon­day, with a strained neck . ... RHP Kirby Yates was placed on the pa­ter­nity leave list . ... To re­place them, OF Blash and RHP Jose Valdez were re­called from Triple-A El Paso.

Up next: Gi­ants: LHP Madi­son Bum­gar­ner (0-3, 3.00 ERA) is sched­uled to re­turn to the ro­ta­tion Satur­day night af­ter miss­ing three months with a sprained pitch­ing shoul­der sus­tained in a dirt bike ac­ci­dent April 20 dur­ing an off day in Colorado. It was his first trip to the dis­abled list.

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