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Giants Go Extras To Win After Diamondbacks Rally, 11-8 – CBS San Francisco

PHOENIX (AP) – Buster Posey didn’t have the best night on his plate, but the Giants all-star catcher impressed manager Gabe Kapler with his tenacity – and his base running.

Posey doubled the starting gun in the 10th inning for San Francisco, then rushed to third place with a fly ball to build a bigger inning when the Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 11-8 on Monday night.

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Before the 10th inning at-bat, Posey, who entered the game at .329, had made a base-loaded walk but had failed to hit. He hemmed Miguel Aguilar’s pitch to deep left field to score Brandon Crawford, who started 10th on second base. Not known for his speed, Posey switched and made it to third place on Alex Dickerson’s Fly to Center.

“I don’t know if Buster saw the ball well today, but it was just super tough,” said Kapler. “During base running, he understood how important it is to be on third base.”

Instead of playing the infield, Arizona chose to purposely leave Austin Slater. Steven Duggar followed with a single that scored Posey and sent Slater to third place. Donovan Solano’s squeeze Bunt brought Slater and crowned a three-run inning against Aguilar (0-1).

Jarlin Garcia (3-2) threw two scoreless innings for victory on one evening when Kapler tried to rest top rescuers Jake McGee, Dominic Leone and Tyler Rogers. Tony Watson hung up 1 1/3 innings in his first game with the Giants before Garcia came into play.

“I thought (Garcia) was amazing. Super impressive and we are grateful to him, ”said Kapler.

San Francisco built their lead on the strength of Alex Dickerson’s Grand Slam in a fifth fiver. Dickerson broke a 0v17 slump with his homer-off replacement JB Bukauskas.

“It wasn’t the best year for me, but I know what I’m capable of,” said Dickerson, whose slam was the third of his career. His last came in 2019, also at Chase Field. “I’ve been waiting to do that all year.”

But the Diamondbacks, who have the worst record in the big leagues at 33-74, chased San Francisco starter Anthony DeSclafani in their half of fifth on two homer runs from pinch hitter Josh Reddick and Asdrubal Cabrera.

The Diamondbacks shared it with three runs against reliever Jay Jackson in the seventh, including Christian Walker’s double with two runs.

Mike Yastrzemski and Wilmer Flores also homered for San Francisco (67-39), which has the best record of the majors and leads all teams with 161 homers.

Diamondbacks starter Taylor Widener was charged with five runs in 4 1/3 innings. Dickerson scored against aide JB Bukauskas, who led Posey to a run before Dickerson’s explosion.

Kris Bryant, who played in his second game since taking over from the Chicago Cubs on Friday, was 1 to 4 with an infield hit and a walk.

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WHAT’S LEFT

Before the game on Monday evening, Torey Lovullo spoke about his team’s chance to gain valuable experience.

Arizona still has 55 games left, including 25 against the “Big 3” of NL West – the Giants, Dodgers and San Diego Padres. Against these teams, the Diamondbacks face 6-28.

Lovullo sees this as an opportunity, especially for his younger players.

“We know how challenging this season has been,” said Lovullo. “There is no better arena for evaluation. We have a chance to disrupt the division race and see what our boys can do. “

After the game, his thoughts were confirmed despite the 10-inning loss.

“We play with a lot of heart and we are focused,” he said. “We’re 7-1 behind and our boys kept fighting. Every day they come back with the mindset that today will be the day we will move in a good direction. “

HE COMES AROUND

Arizona urged RHP Sean Poppen on Monday for Tampa Bay Rays waivers. The Diamondbacks are his third team of 2021, and he pitched two innings on Monday night and abandoned Flores’ solo home run in the sixth. Earlier this year, the Harvard product was featured in three games for Pittsburgh and one for Tampa Bay before the Rays designated it for use.

To make room in the squad, the Diamondbacks RHP sent Stefan Crichton to Triple-A Reno.

TRAINER ROOM

Diamondbacks: 2B Josh Rojas (dislocated finger) is improving, Lovullo said. He did punch practice ahead of Monday’s game and is expected to be live with bats later in the week. “The ball bounced off his racket,” said Lovullo. “Everything looks more normal.”

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