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With seagulls circling like buzzards in extra innings at AT&T Park on Monday night, outfielder Will Venable kept the San Diego Padres hopes alive for a seventh straight victory.
Venable's incredible diving catch on the warning track in center with his back to the infield — reminiscent of Jim Edmonds at his best — robbed Juan Perez of a certain game-ending hit and allowed the Padres more time to take the lead and beat the San Francisco Giants 5-3 in 13 innings. The look of disbelief and disappointment on Perez's face, along with exasperation in the body language of Brandon Belt as he ran toward home, said it all. And then Giants manager Bruce Bochy, via MLB.com, said more:
"It was one of the best catches I've seen to save a game. It's as simple as that. It's a game-saving catch."
Venable just shook the dirt out of his pants as he came off the field.
Pitchers bunting: Often, the act is cause for comedy or pain, but pitcher Andrew Cashner laid down a perfect bunt single with runners at the corners to put the Padres ahead in the 13th. The Padres had run out of players, manager Bud Black said, but Cashner is 5 for 18 this season at the plate.
"That was pretty cool," Cashner said, beaming. "I've never had a game-winning RBI before."
Even guys with big craniums make mistakes: Bochy said he messed up a double-switch after the Padres had taken the lead. Bochy had intended to bring in Buster Posey to lead off the bottom of the 13th, but mistakenly put him in the seventh hole. The Giants didn't get to him.
Braves 2, Mets 1: Dillon Gee was two outs from closing a shutout, but Freddie Freeman said hang on a second:
Marlins 3, Diamondbacks 2: Make that "Giancarlo Stanton 3, D-backs 2." He hit two home runs and the Fish finished with three hits, and it was enough.
Tigers 5, Orioles 1: Max Scherzer is 10-0 and "at the top of his game, pretty much," manager Jim Leyland said. Baltimore's run came on Chris Davis' 24th home run.
Rangers 8, Athletics 7: Not only is Texas's six-game losing streak over, but the A's got to change into their street clothes without raw sewage bubbling up from the bathroom drains. So everyone wins.
Reds 4, Pirates 1: Zack Cozart hit one of the four solo homers for the Reds, who are 15 over .500.
Cardinals 5, Cubs 2: Very patient of Shelby Miller to wait out a rain delay of nearly two hours, though he left the game after five innings because of leg cramps. He forgot to water himself! After collecting two more hits, Yadier Molina leads the league in hitting at .355.
Angels 11, Mariners 3: Halos get 21 hits, Albert Pujols gets four of 'em.
Blue Jays 2, Rockies 0: Nice effort by Josh Johnson after taking extra time to let a blister heal.
''I messed up the double switch. I got distracted. I was out there arguing and I totally brain-cramped on that. Once I said it wrong, I was done. I knew that. That's a first. I probably should have stepped back and thought a little bit. ... Once I called it wrong I can't take it back. Got distracted, you're upset a little bit, that shouldn't happen but it did.''
— Bruce Bochy
Dom Brown enjoys his first walkoff moment.
• After striking out 10 over 7 1/3 scoreless innings, Johnson lowered his ERA from 5.40 to 4.38.
• The Royals moved into second place in the AL Central after winning for the 11th time in 13 games.
• Dan Haren of the Nationals has a 6.22 ERA in seven starts since May 9.