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Giants hold on for dramatic 4-3 win in Detroit

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Giants hold on for dramatic 4-3 win in Detroit

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DETROIT (AP) Brian Wilson stepped into the dugout, picked up a water cooler and heaved it against the bench. Then he grabbed a bat, trotted back over and gave the cooler a hefty slug.Nothing is coming easy for the San Francisco Giants right now - even when they win.The Giants finally caught a break after Wilson's ninth-inning meltdown Friday night. Detroit's Brennan Boesch lined into a double play with the bases loaded, and San Francisco held on for a 4-3 victory over the Tigers."Give yourself 30 seconds to completely lose it, then come back and be a part of the team," Wilson said.Wilson blew a save opportunity for the second straight day - this time when he allowed Magglio Ordonez's RBI single in the eighth inning. San Francisco then scored three runs in the top of the ninth to go ahead 4-1, but Wilson (6-1) couldn't close it out. He had to be pulled with one out, the bases loaded and a run already in.That's when he took a bat and went raging across the dugout. After disposing of the timber, the right-hander appeared to hit a box with his throwing hand, but he said afterward it was fine."It's not that enjoyable to go out there and give up two runs," Wilson said.The Giants were coming off back-to-back losses to the Cubs - both in Chicago's last at-bat - and they almost dropped this one, too.Jeremy Affeldt replaced Wilson, and Detroit pulled within one when second baseman Emmanuel Burriss muffed a slow grounder for an error. Boesch was up next and made solid contact, but hit the ball to right to shortstop Brandon Crawford, who caught the line drive and quickly stepped on second to double off Brandon Inge, ending the game.It was Affeldt's third save of the season."I threw a curve that didn't go where I wanted, but he hit it off the end of the bat," Affeldt said. "I was like, 'Please no ... oh, yes.'"The Tigers dropped a half-game behind first-place Cleveland in the AL Central.Madison Bumgarner allowed a run and five hits over 7 1-3 outstanding innings for San Francisco. He struck out nine and walked one.Bumgarner departed following a walk by Inge. Sergio Romo came on and got the second out of the inning, but Javier Lopez then took the mound and allowed a single to pinch-hitter Boesch.Wilson was next out of the bullpen, and Ordonez greeted him with a single to right to make it 1-1.It didn't stay tied for long. Chris Stewart led off the ninth with a double, and Aaron Rowand followed with a single, reaching base as part of his broken bat went flying over the third-base dugout.One out later, Pablo Sandoval hit a ground-rule double to left-center to make it 2-1. The Giants added two more runs when Jose Valverde (2-3) and Brayan Villarreal issued bases-loaded walks.Rowand had three hits."We've had two similar losses in a row, so this would have been really tough," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "Proud of the guys. They came through in the ninth and put up a crooked number when we haven't been cashing those in."Detroit's Brad Penny allowed a run and seven hits in seven innings. He struck out two and walked two.The Giants threatened early, putting runners at first and third with nobody out in the first. Penny got out of the jam thanks to a fantastic play by left fielder Casper Wells. Sandoval lifted a foul ball toward the seats, and Wells not only caught it amid reaching fans - but he also threw home to catch Rowand, who had tagged up at third."That was an extraordinary play," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.Sandoval made the most of his next big opportunity. With Rowand on second and two outs in the fifth, he sliced an 0-2 pitch to the gap in left-center for an RBI double.Bumgarner has been excellent since being knocked out in the first inning of a June 21 start against Minnesota. In his two outings since then, he's allowed two runs in 14 1-3 innings, with 20 strikeouts and two walks.Detroit's Lester Oliveros made his major league debut in the eighth, striking out two and allowing a hit and a walk in an inning. Oliveros was called up from the minors to replace Al Alburquerque, who went on the disabled list with inflammation of his right arm.NOTES: Detroit 2B Carlos Guillen (left knee) is transferring from Class-A Lakeland to Triple-A Toledo as part of his rehabilitation assignment. ... San Francisco plans to start LHP Barry Zito on three days' rest Saturday, with RHP Ryan Vogelsong taking the mound Sunday. Zito and Vogelsong both pitched in a doubleheader Tuesday. ... Victor Martinez has been with the Tigers barely a half-season, and he's already impressed Leyland. Martinez has made the transition to designated hitter look easy. He's hitting .332. "I can't say enough about him," Leyland said before Friday's game. "He's one of the best teammates I've ever managed or been around."

Dodgers add to riches, acquire Mets slugger in trade

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Dodgers add to riches, acquire Mets slugger in trade

NEW YORK — The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired outfielder Curtis Granderson and cash from the New York Mets for a player to be named later or cash.

The teams announced the deal after their games Friday night. The 36-year-old Granderson is hitting .228 with 19 home runs and 52 RBIs this year.

Los Angeles is running away with the NL West. The Dodgers are 86-34 after Friday's win at Detroit . Granderson gives Los Angeles another option for the outfield along with Cody Bellinger, Yasiel Puig, Chris Taylor and Joc Pederson.

Pederson has been struggling quite a bit of late, hitting .149 since the All-Star break. Granderson, like Pederson, offers some power from the left side of the plate.

Giants pound Phillies in blowout win, Moore pitches into eighth

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Giants pound Phillies in blowout win, Moore pitches into eighth

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Moore took a one-hitter into the eighth inning and picked up his first win in nearly two months as the San Francisco Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 10-2 on Friday night.

Hunter Pence and Brandon Crawford both homered, Pablo Sandoval had an RBI single and Denard Span added three hits and made a nice running catch in center field to help San Francisco to its ninth win in the last 12 games at AT&T Park.

One day after becoming the first team in major league history to reach 11,000 wins as a franchise, the Giants added on by beating the worst team in baseball again.

Moore (4-12) was crisp in his second straight strong start despite four walks, allowing two hits over 7 1/3 innings to win for the first time since June 20.

Four relievers combined for five outs to complete the four-hitter.

Jorge Alfaro singled twice and scored for Philadelphia.

Pence doubled and scored as part of a three-run first inning, then hit his 11th home run in the second.

Crawford tacked on with a two-run home run in the third, his 10th, after Sandoval walked. Crawford, who also doubled in the eighth, had been in a 2-for-22 slump.

Philadelphia didn't get a runner past second base until the eighth when Freddy Galvis singled in both runs.

Zach Elfin (1-5) allowed six runs on seven hits over five innings for the Phillies. He has lost two of three starts since a two-month stint in the minors.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Phillies: Manager Pete Mackanin's ballclub was one player short after the team placed OF Odubel Herrera on the disabled list with a hamstring injury in a move that is retroactive to Aug. 15. Herrera has a 17-game hitting streak that is the longest active in the majors. A corresponding move is expected before Saturday's game.

Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto threw 50 pitches in a bullpen session and could begin a rehab assignment early next week. Cueto also threw a 50-pitch bullpen during the team's recent three-game series in Miami. ... 1B Brandon Belt (concussion) and 2B Joe Panik (concussion symptoms) both did cardio work before the game.

UP NEXT

Phillies RHP Jerad Eickoff (3-7, 4.45 ERA) makes his second start against the Giants this season Saturday while San Francisco counters with LHP Ty Blach (8-8, 4.37 ERA). Blach blanked Philadelphia with a seven-hitter on June 2.