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What we learned in Giants' homer-filled win over Phillies

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Giants hitters apparently got tired of reading about how they weren't holding up their end of the bargain.

The lineup broke through in a huge way on Tuesday night, hitting five homers and putting up a six-run eighth inning to stun the Philadelphia Phillies (8-9) and pull away with a 10-7 win.

The Giants (11-6) hit two three-run homers in the eighth. The first, from Alex Dickerson, turned a 6-4 deficit into a lead, and Wilmer Flores came off the bench for another one that put the game out of reach.

Those two blasts came after Buster Posey kept the team in the game with a rare multi-homer game, the first of the year by the Giants. It all added up to a third straight win, and a clinch of the first series victory in Philadelphia since 2015.

Here are three things to know from a wild night at Citizens Bank Park.

Welcome Back, Buster

Posey, who missed two games after getting drilled on the elbow, definitely had a plan of action against Zack Wheeler, the Giants' first-round pick a year after they took Posey. He took big swings at the first pitch his first two times up, and it paid off in the fifth. Posey got an elevated slider and smoked it out to left-center, picking up his third homer of the year.

The ball went an estimated 428 feet, making it Posey's third-longest homer in the last five seasons, but he wasn't done.

Posey worked the count to 3-2 in the sixth and hit a 98 mph fastball into the seats in left, giving him a two-homer game for the first time since May 28, 2016 at Coors Field.


This was the fourth multi-homer game of his career, and through just 11 appearances, he's one homer shy of tying his total (five) from all of 2018.

Rough Return

Logan Webb was out of the rotation for the equivalent of a long lunch, but his return, in place of the injured Johnny Cueto, didn't go all that well. Webb gave up four earned on seven hits, including two homers. He was lifted for a pinch-hitter after just four innings.

In the first inning, Webb loaded the bases ahead of veteran Brad Miller and fell behind 2-0. He threw a good changeup at the bottom of the zone and got an inning-ending double play.

Two innings later, Webb nearly repeated the entire sequence.

Miller came up with two on and got a changeup on a 2-0 count, but this time it was left in the heart of the plate and he pulled a three-run homer into the seats in right.

He's on the Board

Tommy La Stella got robbed of a leadoff double on the first pitch of the game when center fielder Mickey Moniak made a tremendous catch in deep left-center, but he got his revenge a few innings later.

La Stella hit a no-doubter to right in the fifth inning for his first homer as a Giant, keeping them in a game that was starting to slip away. The blast made it 4-3, Phillies.

Credit Darin Ruf, as well, for drawing a good two-out walk in a pinch-hit appearance just before La Stella homered.

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