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Rowand, Posey rally Giants past Nationals 10-5

Jul 11, 2010 - 4:03 AM WASHINGTON(AP) -- 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 RBIs.

"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 RBIs 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. John 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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    Giants 10, Nationals 5  FinalJul 11 11:22 AM


  • Nationals 5, Giants 10 - FINAL
    SAN FRANCISCO ab r h rbi bb so lob avg
    A Rowand cf 4 1 2 1 0 2 1 .238
    F Sanchez 2b 4 1 0 0 1 1 2 .283
    A Huff lf 3 3 1 0 2 0 0 .295
    B Posey c 5 2 4 3 0 0 0 .351
    J Uribe ss 4 0 1 3 0 1 1 .251
    T Ishikawa 1b 4 1 1 0 1 1 1 .339
    P San

    Jul 10 10:30 PM


  • NL
    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY BUSTER POSEY (7) TO RIGHT CENTER WITH 0
    OUT IN THE 9TH OFF MIGUEL BATISTA SCORED AUBREY HUFF.
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 10, WASHINGTON 5
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: J URIBE (.252, 1-FOR-3, SF, 3 RBI)

    Giants 10, Nationals 5  Top 9, 0 OutsJul 10 10:14 PM


  • NL
    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JUAN URIBE SCORED BUSTER POSEY AND AUBREY HUFF
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, J URIBE ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 8
    WASHINGTON 5 TOP,7TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: T ISHIKAWA (.344, 1-FOR-3)

    Giants 8, Nationals 5  Top 7, 0 OutsJul 10 9:41 PM


  • NL
    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY BUSTER POSEY SCORED FREDDY SANCHEZ
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, B POSEY ON FIRST, A HUFF ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 6
    WASHINGTON 5 TOP,7TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: J URIBE (.249, 0-FOR-2, SF, RBI)

    Giants 6, Nationals 5  Top 7, 0 OutsJul 10 9:37 PM


  • NL
    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY AARON ROWAND (8) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN THE
    7TH OFF TYLER CLIPPARD.
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 5, WASHINGTON 5
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: F SANCHEZ (.284, 0-FOR-3)

    Giants 5, Nationals 5  Top 7, 0 OutsJul 10 9:26 PM


  • NL
    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY JUAN URIBE SCORED AUBREY HUFF
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B POSEY ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 4
    WASHINGTON 5 TOP,6TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: T ISHIKAWA (.350, 1-FOR-2)

    Giants 4, Nationals 5  Top 6, 0 OutsJul 10 8:55 PM


  • NL
    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY CRAIG STAMMEN SCORED IVAN RODRIGUEZ
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C STAMMEN ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 3
    WASHINGTON 5 BOTTOM,4TH
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: J MAXWELL (.118, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Giants 3, Nationals 5  Bot 4, 0 OutsJul 10 8:26 PM


  • NL
    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY IVAN RODRIGUEZ SCORED JOSH WILLINGHAM
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, I RODRIGUEZ ON SECOND, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 3
    WASHINGTON 4 BOTTOM,4TH
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: M MORSE (.323, 1-FOR-1, HR, RBI)

    Giants 3, Nationals 4  Bot 4, 0 OutsJul 10 8:20 PM


  • NL
    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY MICHAEL MORSE (4) TO CENTER WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 2ND OFF JONATHAN SANCHEZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 3, WASHINGTON 3
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: I DESMOND (.258, 6 HR, 36 RBI)

    Giants 3, Nationals 3  Bot 2, 0 OutsJul 10 7:48 PM


  • NL
    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JONATHAN SANCHEZ SCORED PABLO SANDOVAL
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J SANCHEZ ON FIRST, N SCHIERHOLTZ ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 2
    WASHINGTON 2 TOP,2ND
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: A ROWAND (.237, 1-FOR-1)

    Giants 2, Nationals 2  Top 2, 0 OutsJul 10 7:42 PM


  • NL
    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY NATE SCHIERHOLTZ SCORED TRAVIS ISHIKAWA
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, N SCHIERHOLTZ ON SECOND, P SANDOVAL ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 1
    WASHINGTON 2 TOP,2ND
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: J SANCHEZ (.200, 0 HR, 1 RBI)

    Giants 1, Nationals 2  Top 2, 0 OutsJul 10 7:39 PM


  • NL
    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    WILD PITCH BY JONATHAN SANCHEZ ALLOWED CRISTIAN GUZMAN TO
    SCORE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, R ZIMMERMAN ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 0
    WASHINGTON 2 BOTTOM,1ST
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: J WILLINGHAM (.278, 15 HR, 46 RBI)

    Giants 0, Nationals 2  Bot 1, 0 OutsJul 10 7:25 PM


  • NL
    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY RYAN ZIMMERMAN SCORED JUSTIN MAXWELL
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R ZIMMERMAN ON SECOND, C GUZMAN ON THIRD, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 0
    WASHINGTON 1 BOTTOM,1ST
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: A DUNN (.285, 22 HR, 58 RBI)

    Giants 0, Nationals 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsJul 10 7:21 PM