Sandoval drives in five, Giants erupt for 13 runs in win over Cardinals

Sandoval drives in five, Giants erupt for 13 runs in win over Cardinals


SAN FRANCISCO -- Pablo Sandoval homered and had five RBIs to back an uneven start by Madison Bumgarner as the San Francisco Giants beat the St. Louis Cardinals 13-8 on Sunday.

Andrew McCutchen and Alen Hanson each added three hits. Brandon Belt and Gorkys Hernandez had two apiece to help the Giants split the four-game series.

Bumgarner (2-3) earned his second win this season despite an erratic outing. Making his seventh start after missing the first two months with a broken left pinkie, Bumgarner allowed four runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked two and hit a batter with a pitch.

The Giants bailed out their ace with a pair of three-run innings and a five-run sixth while setting a season high for scoring.

After Jose Martinez's RBI single off Bumgarner in the fifth put St. Louis ahead 4-3, San Francisco rallied against reliever John Brebbia.

Belt doubled and went to third on All-Star Brandon Crawford's single. Sandoval followed with his eighth home run, a three-run drive that bounced into the waters of McCovey Cove.

Sandoval added a two-run single in the sixth. The five RBIs were one shy of his career high.

Brebbia (1-3) also took the loss against the Giants on Friday.

Matt Carpenter hit his 17th home run and Yairo Munoz also went deep for St. Louis.

Cardinals starter Jack Flaherty gave up three runs, two earned, in 2 1/3 innings.

Cardinals: CF Tommy Pham left in the seventh after fouling a ball off his left foot. ... C Yadier Molina sat out for the second consecutive day because of soreness in his right shoulder. ... OF Dexter Fowler was back on the bench, one day after making his first start since June 27.

Giants: Hernandez exited for unknown reasons after hitting a two-run single in the sixth. Derek Holland, who has been pitching out of the bullpen lately, was brought in as a pinch-runner.

Cardinals: All-Star RHP Miles Mikolas (9-3, 2.63 ERA) starts Tuesday in Chicago against the White Sox. Mikolas matched his career high for walks in his last outing but is second in the NL in fewest free passes per nine innings (1.4) among qualifying pitchers.

Giants: LHP Andrew Suarez (3-5, 3.92) faces the Cubs on Monday night at home. Suarez took the loss in his last start despite allowing only one run over seven innings.

McCutchen's big home run wasted as Dodgers walk off on Giants in 12th

McCutchen's big home run wasted as Dodgers walk off on Giants in 12th


LOS ANGELES — The Giants pulled a few escape acts in the first 11 innings Wednesday night. In the 12th, they finally went down.

Yasmani Grandal opened the bottom of the 12th with a double off Casey Kelly and Max Muncy shot a single into right. Brian Dozier hit a long sacrifice fly to center, ending a four-hour night and giving the Dodgers a 4-3 win at the end of a fascinating series. The Giants took two of three, but headed out of town back at .500, 61-61.

The Giants trailed by three heading into the eighth, but for the third time this series, the Dodgers’ bullpen imploded. This time it was Caleb Ferguson, a rookie lefty who has been good for them. Hunter Pence singled and Chase d’Arnaud walked, and Andrew McCutchen stunned a large crowd by skying a hanging curveball just over the fence in left-center, tying the game. 

The Dodgers got the winning run to second in the ninth, but they were out of position players and right-hander Kenta Maeda struck out with two outs. The Giants got the go-ahead run to third in the top of the 10th, but Brandon Belt grounded out.

Brian Dozier walked with two down in the bottom of the 10th and went to second when Justin Turner poked a single up the middle. Manny Machado, who already had three hits, nearly ended the game with a laser down the line that went just foul. After a tense battle, Mark Melancon struck him out, extending the night.  

Here are some earlier highlights … 

—- Gorkys Hernandez saved a run with a 95 mph strike from center field in the fifth. With two on, Matt Kemp hit a hard single to center and Hernandez came out firing. Dozier was initially ruled safe at the plate, but a replay overturned the call. Hernandez made a perfect throw and Buster Posey put down a quick tag. The Dodgers would leave the bases loaded. 

—- It appears Cody Bellinger doesn’t read the scouting report. Reyes Moronta has been great, but he tends to be wild early in his outings. With the bases loaded, Bellinger pinch-hit for Kiké Hernandez and swung at the first pitch, which was on the inside edge. He popped up, ending the inning. 

—- Derek Holland threw a ton of pitches early and worked through a lot of traffic, but he made it through 4 2/3 shutout innings before handing it off. Giants starters allowed just two runs in this series. 

—- Ty Blach will always have the Dodgers. He continued his dominance of them with two shutout innings, the eighth and the ninth.

Watch Gorkys make incredible throw home, get rewarded by replay review

Watch Gorkys make incredible throw home, get rewarded by replay review

Gorkys Hernandez's personal highlight reel is going to be pretty long at the end of the season.

On Wednesday night in Los Angeles, the Giants center fielder added a great play to that reel.

With one out and runners on first and second in the bottom of the fifth, Dodgers left fielder Matt Kemp floated a broken-bat single into center. With second baseman Brian Dozier heading home from second, Hernandez came up firing and made a perfect throw to Buster Posey. Posey slapped the tag on Dozier, but home plate umpire Stu Scheurwater called Dozier safe. Immediately, Posey and Brandon Belt pointed to the Giants dugout asking them to review the play.

Hernandez was rewarded as the replay officials on the East Coast overturned the call on the field and ruled Dozier out. The play kept the game tied 0-0.