The Giants jumped out to an early lead and Madison Bumgarner kept the Tigers at bay as San Francisco down Detroit 5-4 to take game two of the series.
Andrew Susac drove in two, and Buster Posey hit his 20th home run of the year in the win.
For the second straight game, the Giants scored in the first inning. With two outs, Posey singled. Hunter Pence followed it up with a single of his own, extending his hitting streak to 18 games before Pablo Sandoval singled in Posey for the first run of the game. Susac’s double cleared the bases and brought in two more runs, and a double by Joaquin Arias made it 4-0 before Detroit even had an at-bat.
Bumgarner labored a bit, and the Tigers got back two runs in the bottom of the first when Torii Hunter doubled, and Miguel Cabrera homered him home. Victor Martinez added a run for Detroit with his 30th home run of the year in the bottom of the third, but the Giants lefty gutted out six innings of work on 100 pitches (66 strikes) and only allowed those three runs. He didn’t walk anyone, but he remains at 199 strikeouts on the season, as he didn’t K anyone either. On a day when he didn’t have his best stuff, Bumgarner turned in a quality start on his way to earning his 17th win, tying him with Clayton Kershaw for the Major League.
Posey added an insurance run with his 20th home run of the year in the fifth. He finished the day with three hits and a walk. He now has 79 RBIs on the year and is batting .619 in September. His season average is up to .310, ranking him third in the National League (for those of you thinking about his MVP chances…).
Poseys home run turned out to be the difference in the game, as Sergio Romo surrender a solo shot to Cabrera to lead off the bottom of the eighth to make it 5-4.
David Price (13-11) took the tough loss, as he outlasted Bumgarner. Price went eight-and-two-thirds innings, surrendering nine hits, five runs, and one walk while striking out 11. Santiago Casilla pitched a one-two-three bottom of the ninth to earn his 15th save and preserve the win.
It was a big victory for San Francisco, who guaranteed that they’d stay at least three games up on Milwaukee and four on Atlanta in the wild card. With the Dodgers playing on Saturday night, the Giants currently sit just one-and-a-half back in the West.
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