SAN FRANCISCO -- Buster Posey parachuted into Wednesday's eighth inning with one objective. After an error by Indians first baseman Carlos Santana thwarted a potential double play, the Giants called on their All-Star with two outs to erase a one-run deficit.Posey did just that, roping a pinch-hit two-run double off
SAN FRANCISCO -- Buster Posey parachuted into Wednesday's eighth inning with one objective. After an error by Indians first baseman Carlos Santana thwarted a potential double play, the Giants called on their All-Star with two outs to erase a one-run deficit.
Posey did just that, roping a pinch-hit two-run double off the bottom of the left-field wall, giving the Giants a 5-4 win over the Tribe. It was San Francisco's first Interleague series victory of the season, and the second time in as many games that Posey capitalized on a Cleveland error.
"It's nice to come through," said Posey, who worked the count full out of an 0-2 hole. "There's definitely somewhat of an art to [pinch-hitting]. There's certain guys that seem to do it really well."
In Tuesday's win, Posey delivered a game-tying single two batters after Indians right fielder Brandon Guyer botched a catch in right field. San Francisco went on to pull off a 2-1 win over the Tribe in 10 innings.
Sam Dyson escaped a bases-loaded jam in the ninth, retiring Jose Ramirez on a flyout to seal his fifth save since taking over as Giants closer.
Player Page for Matt Cain pitched relatively well in his first start since July 4, allowing three runs -- all in the third inning -- while surrendering five hits, walking two and striking out five. Denard Span drove in a pair of runs and highlighted San Francisco's day at the plate when he blasted AT&T Park's 115th splash homer -- 75th by a Giant -- and his second of the season.
"We have a tremendous group of guys in here to be able to play good baseball," Cain said. "That's what I think we can keep doing. If we can keep getting on the right mentality and doing a lot of things right, we'll get this thing rolling the right way."
Carlos Carrasco had another strong outing for the Indians, tossing six innings of two-run ball. Michael Brantley, who notched the 1,000th hit of his career in the eighth, drove in Carrasco in the third, and Ramirez followed with a two-run single.
"Whatever happened now has happened," Carrasco said of the Tribe's 1-5 road trip. "We're just going to learn from that. Sometimes we're going to have some ups and downs. Tomorrow is an off-day, and then we start a new series on Friday."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Santana's blunder: The door to the Giants' rally opened in the eighth when Santana missed on a routine grounder that would have likely started an inning-ending double play. Instead, Conor Gillaspie's grounder took an unlikely bounce and darted past the first baseman, scoring Brandon Belt from second and pulling the Giants to within a run.
"I think you're always surprised," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "I was surprised when Matt Moore tossed the ball away [on Monday]. It looked like that ball came up a little bit. It was getting towards the end of the game, infield gets a little hard and beat up. We got a break and we took it."
"Bryan [Shaw] came in," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "And we're asking a lot of him to go through the lefties in the middle of the order. He got a weak single through the hole and got just what we're looking for, and the ball goes into right field. That's when things start going that shouldn't." More >
Giants' bullpen again strong: After Santana hit an RBI single to extend Cleveland's lead in the eighth, the Giants' bullpen again found its groove with two runners on, holding the heart of the Indians' batting order at bay. Cory Gearrin entered for Steven Okert and forced a groundout from Roberto Perez to limit the damage to just one run. San Francisco had produced 6 1/3 consecutive innings of scoreless relief dating back to Monday's game.
"When those starters don't start, you have some pretty nice weapons at the end of the game. It came through for us today. -- Bochy, on having the likes of Posey available
"I know I made a mistake. I feel bad, because my team lost. But I'll never get down. I'll never get down. I'll try to work on my defense for that. I know this year I've played great, but this is something that happened. At the last moment, the ball was a little bit up. That's why I made the mistake." -- Santana, on his error
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With his double in the eighth inning, Brantley became the 36th player in Indians franchise history to reach 1,000 career hits. Brantley is one of 87 active players with 1,000 hits in a career.
LOGAN EXITS WITH INJURY
In the eighth inning, Indians lefty Boone Logan dropped to a knee following his 17th pitch of the game. After the 95-mph fastball, which resulted in a walk to Belt, Logan grabbed at his left arm and was quickly met on the mound by head athletic trainer James Quinlan. Logan left the game with a lat injury, and he will undergo an MRI exam on Thursday to gather more information. He is likely headed to the disabled list.
"It got him pretty good," Francona said. "We'll get him looked at [Thursday]. We'll know more. But it's just hard to imagine him going down like that and having it not be something where he's not going to miss some time." More >
Indians: Following an off-day on Thursday, the Indians will host the Blue Jays in a three-game weekend set at Progressive Field. Righty Trevor Bauer (7-8, 5.59 ERA) is scheduled to take the ball for the Tribe in Friday's 7:10 p.m. ET opener against Toronto.
Giants: San Francisco hosts the Padres for a four-game series starting Thursday at 7:15 p.m. PT. Giants ace Madison Bumgarner (0-3, 3.18 ERA) will make his first start at AT&T Park since April, and second start overall since returning from the disabled list.
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Jonathan Hawthorne is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area.
Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.