Colorado Rockies were thankful they didn't have to face Madison Bumgarner again 24 hours after he held them without a baserunner into the eighth inning. Unfortunately for them, Buster Posey, who homered twice in Tuesday's game, was in San Francisco's lineup, and it was his bat that made the difference.The
After Colorado rallied to tie the score in the ninth on Justin Morneau's RBI double, Posey turned on and tomahawked a Juan Nicasio offering, keeping it just inside the left-field foul pole for a two-run walk-off homer, which gave the Giants a needed 4-2 victory and manager Bruce Bochy the 1,600th win of his career. The walk-off blast was the second of Posey's career. His first came last season against the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 3.
Two innings earlier, Posey also broke a 1-1 tie with an RBI single off Rockies reliever Brooks Brown. Basically, he's been the Giants offense during this low-scoring series, and the Giants couldn't be happier that their former MVP is coming through when needed.
Starter Tim Hudson, who collected career strikeout 2,000, was saddled with the tough luck no-decision. He allowed one run over eight innings while striking out eight overall.
YANKEES RAP OUT NINE STRAIGHT HITS AGAINST DAVID PRICE: Every time former AL Cy Young winner David Price takes the baseball, it feels like there's a chance he'll have no-hit stuff. Unfortunately for the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday, it was just the opposite, as the New York Yankees did nothing but hit against their newly acquired stud.
During a remarkable third inning rally, the first nine Yankees batters (or one full turn though the lineup) collected a hit against Price, leading to eight runs. According to ESPN Stats & Info, that's the most consecutive hits ever recorded against a former Cy Young award winner, and it was three short of the major league record for most consecutive hits.
Needless to say, it was also the worst inning of Price's career, and it would prove to be all New York needed in an 8-4 win.
''I've had bad games before. Not that bad,'' Price said. ''That was probably the worst game I've ever had in my life.''
Derek Jeter, who was honored by the Tigers before the game, doubled home the first run after Jacoby Ellsbury singled leading off. Jeter also drove in the final run with a sacrifice fly. In between, New York added another six singles, one double, and an Ellsbury sacrifice fly. Oddly enough though, over the final six-plus innings, Detroit's bullpen would hold the Yankees to two singles.
ROYALS RALLY AGAIN: After defeating the Minnesota Twins on a ninth-inning Alcides Escobar bloop and Alex Gordon blast on Tuesday night, Kansas City once again came off the deck on Wednesday, waiting until the eighth inning to breakthrough in their 6-1 victory over Minnesota.
It all started with another blooper, this time from Raul Ibanez, who dropped a single into right field. Mike Moustakas followed with a bleeder that never left the infield. And then two batters later Jarrod Dyson reached on a bunt single that allowed pinch-runner Lorenzo Cain to race home with the equalizer. That set the stage for Nori Aoki, who delivered with a sharp single to left field that plated the go-ahead tally.
Billy Butler and Salvador Perez would provide the insurance, each knocking home a pair with a single and triple respectively. Though it was a non-save situation, Greg Holland appeared and struck out the side in a scoreless ninth, extending Kansas City's division lead to 2 1/2.
''We're just living on a high right now,'' said Jarrod Dyson, whose bunt single scored the tying run. ''We're going out and having fun and playing like we're 5 years old.''
Indeed the good times are rolling in Kansas City. Perhaps even to the enjoyment of manager Ned Yost, as an improved crowd of 17,658 enjoyed the festivities on Wednesday.
''That's kind of who we are,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''We're a team that plays with a lot of heart, with a lot of energy and a lot of passion.''
Well, he seems happier anyway. That's good. Even better, the Royals will go for the series sweep on Thursday afternoon.
PIRATES STEAL SERIES WITH WIN OVER 'DEAD-ARMED' ADAM WAINWRIGHT: With urgency building, the Pittsburgh Pirates wrapped up a much-needed series win over the St. Louis Cardinals with a 3-1 victory over their ace, Adam Wainwright.
First baseman Ike Davis, who was acquired from the New York Mets earlier this season for matchups just like this, delivered the biggest hit of the game for the second game in a row, this time with a two-run homer off Wainwright in the second inning. Andrew McCutchen, who was iffy to play with reoccuring rib issues, added a sacrifice fly in support of starter Jeff Locke.
Pittsburgh's left-hander pitched 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball to earn the win, but his performance was a bit overshadowed by concern over a laboring Wainwright. Afterwards, Wainwright admitted to dealing with a "dead arm", which isn't uncommon this time of year.
"I’ve been going through a dead arm phase," the ace acknowledged. "Everybody does that. You have to find a way to get outs. Most of the time today I found ways to get outs. It’s not pretty. But I found ways to get outs. One of these days it’s going to click in and it’s going to be real nice."
The Cardinals will hope it finally clicks in Wainwright's next start, which will take place in the critical month of September.
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