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Instant Replay: Giants score four in seventh, Cueto earns third win

Instant Replay: Giants score four in seventh, Cueto earns third win

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SAN FRANCISCO — The first week of the season was filled with blown leads. The second week has included a pair of failed comeback attempts. 

On Friday, the Giants let their manager relax. 

This one turned into a good old-fashioned blowout. Johnny Cueto threw seven sharp innings and the lineup scored four runs early and four more in the seventh. The Giants beat the Rockies 8-2 as Cueto became the first pitcher to three wins this season. 

The Giants are getting close to sending Michael Morse and Melvin Upton Jr. to Triple-A Sacramento, but left fielder Chris Marrero dropped a “not so fast” swing into the night’s action to get things going. After a walk of Eduardo Nuñez and the first of two Tyler Anderson balks in the second, Marrero crushed a 2-2 fastball into the left field seats.

Brandon Crawford, who has had an emotional week, lined the first pitch of the fourth the other way for a solo shot that gave Cueto a 4-0 lead, but the Rockies immediately chipped away. 

Two singles and walk loaded the bases with one out in the fifth. Stephen Cardullo hit a bouner to second and Joe Panik tried to tag Tony Wolters to start a double play, but the ball flew out of Panik’s glove as he touched Wolters. A run scored, and the Rockies would tack on another before Crawford and Panik turned an inning-ending double play. 

The Giants do not typically compile their run on homers, and the seventh-inning rally had a more familiar feel. With two outs, Denard Span drew a walk and then watched as five straight hitters knocked singles. Brandon Belt’s at-bat was the best of of the bunch, a 13-pitch marathon that ended with a 96 mph Jake McGee fastball getting lined into center. Belt fouled off seven pitches after falling behind 0-2. 

Starting pitching report: Cueto's night: 7 innings, 6 hits, 2 earned runs, 1 walk, 6 strikeouts. 

Bullpen report: Derek Law is settling in after a shaky start. He was sharp in the eighth. 

At the plate: Marrero had 4,005 minor league plate appearances before picking up his first homer. 

In the field: Belt spent a chunk of Thursday’s game chasing down popups to deep right. Crawford made a similar play on the left field side Friday. 

Attendance: The sellout crowd tried to push the seventh-inning rally along with cell phone lights. If those people think I'm forgetting that they did the wave two weeks ago, they're nuts. 

Up next: Matt Moore will face right-hander Tyler Chatwood, who gave up one earned run in 13 innings at AT&T Park last season. 

Unhappy Buster Posey bashes Phillies closer after hit-by-pitch

Unhappy Buster Posey bashes Phillies closer after hit-by-pitch

In what was set up to be a pivotal matchup of the game turned into a heated exchange.

Buster Posey stepped into the batter's box in the bottom of the eighth inning Sunday against Phillies closer Hector Neris.

But Posey never got to swing the bat. On the first pitch, Neris drilled the Giants catcher in the ribs with a 95 MPH fastball.

Posey whinced in pain and as he walked to first base, he appeared to ask Neris if the pitch was on purpose.

After the game, Posey was asked about the kerfuffle.

"I'm pretty certain he hit me on purpose. And it's just a shame because I wanted to compete that at-bat and he's got good stuff. But I guess he didn't feel like he couldn't get me out," Posey told reporters after the game.

Posey was asked if he could think of any incidents in previous games against the Phillies that could have led to the hit-by-pitch. He said no and asked the reporters if they could think of anything.

Posey and Neris have faced each other just one time in the past. In the ninth inning of the June 3 matchup in Philadelphia, Posey flew out to left field.

Strickland hammered by Phils, Giants officially eliminated from NL West contention

Strickland hammered by Phils, Giants officially eliminated from NL West contention

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Rookie Rhys Hoskins homered again and Pedro Florimon contributed with his bat and arm, sending the Philadelphia Phillies over the San Francisco Giants 5-2 Sunday.

Hoskins connected for a solo drive in the ninth inning, making him the first Phillies player in at least 100 years to hit five home runs in his first 11 major league games.

Florimon had a two-run single off Hunter Strickland (2-3) to cap a three-run eighth inning that made it 4-2. Florimon also had an RBI double off starter Madison Bumgarner in the second, then made a sparkling defensive play in left field to throw out Buster Posey at the plate in the bottom half of the inning.

Adam Morgan (2-1) retired three batters to win, a day after throwing just one pitch and getting the victory.

Hector Neris pitched 1 1/3 innings for his 15th save. He struck out Pablo Sandoval with the bases loaded to end the eighth after hitting Buster Posey in the back with a pitch, then fanned Denard Span with two on in the ninth to end it.

The Phillies won the season series against the Giants for the first time since 2011.

Bumgarner allowed one run and four hits in six innings. He stayed in despite taking a sharp line drive off his left shin in the second inning by Nick Williams - earlier this month, Williams hit Mets ace Jacob deGrom in the triceps with a line drive, forcing him from the game.

The Phillies trailed 2-1 going into the eighth. Hoskins and Franco hit consecutive one-out singles before Jorge Alfaro tied it with an RBI single. After Williams singled to load the bases, Florimon slapped a 1-2 pitch into right field.

Posey had two hits and an RBI, extending his hitting streak against the Phillies to 22 games. Kelby Tomlinson scored a run and Ryder Jones doubled and scored for San Francisco.

TRAINER'S ROOM:
Giants: 2B Joe Panik (concussion symptoms) continues to make steady progress and could come off the disabled list in time to join San Francisco on its upcoming road trip that begins Friday in Arizona.

UP NEXT:
Phillies: The team gets an off day before hosting Miami in a doubleheader Tuesday. RHP Dan Straily (7-8, 3.80 ERA) pitches in the first game while RHP Jose Urena (11-5, 3.61 ERA) goes in the nightcap.

Giants: RHP Chris Stratton (1-2, 4.91 ERA) faces Milwaukee on Monday.