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Posey wins third battle with MadBum, ties game with RBI double

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SAN FRANCISCO -- It took Buster Posey a few innings, but he finally got some bragging rights on longtime Giants teammate and close friend Madison Bumgarner. 

In his third career plate appearance against Bumgarner, Posey roped an RBI double down the left field line to tie Thursday night's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at 4-4 in the fifth. Austin Slater raced all the way around from first to give Posey a two-RBI night in his first matchup against Bumgarner. He hit a sacrifice fly earlier in the game.

Bumgarner has faced the Giants three times since leaving for the Arizona Diamondbacks, but Posey opted out of the 2020 season and missed last season's matchup, and he wasn't in the lineup when the Giants visited Chase Field in August. The Giants are pushing Posey this week, giving him three starts in a row, a rarity this season. He was 1-for-2 through five innings, having grounded out to the mound in the bottom of the first. 

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Bumgarner also gave up a solo homer to Brandon Crawford, but he held on with runners in scoring position in part by handling two right-handed hitters in the heart of the lineup. With Posey on second, Evan Longoria grounded out and Kris Bryant struck out. They were a combined 0-for-6 with three strikeouts against Bumgarner.

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