Hunter Pence had three hits and three RBIs, Gregor Blanco homered
and drove in three runs and Joe Panik collected four hits as the
Giants moved a half-game ahead of St. Louis for the National
League's top wild card. Angel Pagan went 3-for-5 with an RBI as San
Francisco pounded out 19 hits to close within 3 1/2 games of the
first-place Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West.
Ryan Vogelsong (8-9) was the beneficiary of the offensive explosion,
allowing two runs over seven innings to pick up his first victory
since beating Milwaukee on Aug. 6, and win at home for the first
time since May 24. The Giants failed to provide Vogelsong with a run
in each of his last five home starts.
Wily Peralta (15-9), bidding to become the second 16-game winner in
the majors, was pounded for six runs and nine hits in a season-low
three innings for the Brewers, who maintained their 1 1/2-game lead
atop the NL Central. Peralta fell into a 3-0 hole in the first
inning, giving up four singles, uncorking a wild pitch and hitting a
batter, before Posey and Pence delivered RBI singles in the second
inning for a 5-1 lead.
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Leading 8-2 after four innings, San Francisco battered reliever
Marco Estrada for five runs in the fifth. Posey collected his fourth
hit with a two-run triple before Pence singled home his third run
and Blanco followed with a two-run blast.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Posey is 20-for-40 with five homers and 13 RBIs
over his last nine games. ... Estrada surrendered his major
league-high 29th homer. ... Pence stretched his hitting streak to 11
games, going 16-for-43 in that span.
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