Giants pull away against Brewers bullpen

June 14th, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO -- Brandon Crawford and Gregor Blanco drilled bases-loaded, two-run singles during a four-run uprising in Monday's seventh inning that enabled the Giants to outdistance the Milwaukee Brewers, 11-5.

One inning earlier, Crawford's sacrifice fly snapped a 4-4 tie. San Francisco continued applying pressure in the seventh as Brandon Belt, Buster Posey and Matt Duffy singled consecutively. Crawford then slapped his single off Brewers reliever Blaine Boyer. After Jarrett Parker walked to re-load the bases, Blanco ended an 0-for-27 skid with his big single.

The Brewers briefly kept up as Scooter Gennett and Ramon Flores each scored a run and drove in one. But the Giants ultimately established control as long reliever Albert Suarez (2-1) pitched 3 2/3 capable innings.

"That shows you how important that long reliever is," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He not only gives you work, but he also gives you quality work."


Real rallies: Offense has been an issue for the Giants, who entered Monday with a .192 batting average in their previous 12 games. This time, however, they rapped 14 hits and began the evening on a high note as Denard Span ripped a leadoff home run -- the Giants' first leadoff Splash Hit in AT&T Park history -- for one of his three hits.

"He has some sneaky pop," Crawford said of Span, who has 10 career leadoff homers. "He's obviously more of an on-base kind of guy, work the count and get base hits, but he can hit one out every once in a while."

In the clutch: The Brewers went into the game hitting .204 with two outs before breaking out with three consecutive hits and two bases-loaded walks in the third. Only one of the hits -- Jonathan Villar's sharp single -- made it out of the infield. Milwaukee's run in the fourth also came with two outs.


Cain's game: Pitching on the fourth anniversary of his perfect game against Houston, Matt Cain walked five batters and allowed three runs in 3 2/3 innings, displaying the rust that he accumulated while missing two starts during his stay on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring. He also pitched respectably for two shutout innings and was one out away from escaping the third inning unscored upon, providing hope for the immediate future.

"I was kind of in and out of my rhythm," Cain said. "It's just [a matter of] going out there and keep getting the repetitions. I got myself into trouble today and that was a big part of it."

No relief: Brewers starter Chase Anderson got roughed up to the tune of four runs in five innings, but Milwaukee's bullpen didn't provide much help, either. Corey Knebel -- making only his third appearance after opening the season on the disabled list -- gave up the go-ahead run in the sixth after walking the leadoff batter, Boyer was tagged for four runs in the seventh, and Jhan Marinez allowed two runs in the eighth.

"Blaine's inning was just some soft contact and really four balls that found holes," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "They just kept adding on against us. The walks hurt Corey for sure. That's going to happen once in a while."


Brewers: Right-hander Matt Garza makes his 2016 debut Tuesday in the second game of the series at AT&T Park. Garza's season was delayed when he suffered a right lat strain late in Spring Training.

Giants:Madison Bumgarner will try to extend his near-perfection as the Giants and Brewers meet in Tuesday's rematch beginning at 7:15 p.m. PT. The Giants are 10-3 when Bumgarner starts and have emerged victorious in his last nine appearances.

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