Tensions boil over as Giants snap losing streak to Marlins

Tensions boil over as Giants snap losing streak to Marlins


SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants are apparently feuding with the Miami Marlins. At least this time the drama came with a win. 

Buster Posey homered and was hit on a fiery night at AT&T Park, when the bullpen finally allowed the offensive work hold up. The Giants won 6-3, beating the Marlins for the second time in six tries this season. Here are the details … 

--- A night after Hunter Strickland and Lewis Brinson exchanged words, Dereck Rodriguez's first pitch to Brinson was a 92 mph fastball to the hip. Both benches were warned, but the Marlins still retaliated. Dan Straily hit Posey on the arm in the bottom of the inning and was immediately ejected. Posey was uninjured. 

--- Gorkys Hernandez, who hit zero homers last year, crushed his eighth. The two-run blast put the Giants on top 3-0. Posey had a solo shot in the first. 

--- Dereck Rodriguez had one rough inning, but otherwise pitched well. He was charged with three earned in five innings, all of the damage coming in the fourth. He struck out six and walked none. 

—- Alen Hanson had a rough weekend in Los Angeles, but he bounced back with a huge night: a single and two doubles, including one that would have been a triple if not for iffy baserunning ahead of him. He also made a spectacular play at short to end the eighth. 

--- Will Smith pitched the eighth and started the ninth, but Sam Dyson came on with one out and one on. He got a game-ending double play. 

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.