The Grand Slam: Giants benefit from key Mets' miscue to steal win in ninth


The San Francisco Giants are so locked in, if you give them an inch they'll take 90 feet, score a bunch of runs and then walk you off the diamond. Such was the case on Friday night as they turned a painful Mets miscue into a two-run ninth inning rally and a dramatic 5-4 victory.

Mets closer Jenrry Mejia actually started the fateful inning by striking out Angel Pagan. However, catcher Anthony Recker dropped the third strike and threw wildly to first base, pulling Lucas Duda off the bag and allowing Pagan to reach for the fifth time in the game. And that's the only inch the Giants needed. Hunter Pence immediately tied the game with an RBI double. Then, after a fly out by Buster Posey and an intentional walk to Pablo Sandoval, Michael Morse dumped the game-winner into short right field.

The win was San Francisco's ninth in 11 games, and it improved their league best record to 41-21. It also got Tim Hudson off the hook following his first rough outing of the season. Hudson, who began the game with an MLB-best 1.75 ERA, allowed nine hits and three walks (both season highs) over five innings. 

TO ERR IS HUMAN: Unfortunately for the Pittsburgh Pirates, they were human a little too frequently on Saturday. In the first inning alone, Pittsburgh committed three errors leading to a single unearned run for the Milwaukee Brewers. Before the day was over, they added two more to bring their total to a season-high five, but the Brewers didn't really need the help.

Only two of Milwaukee's nine runs were unearned, but nonetheless they cruised to a 9-3 victory and quickly erased the memory of their 15-5 defeat on Friday.

''This was a good win,'' Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. ''It feels good to come back the next day and play well. We got some big hits, took advantage of some opportunities they gave us and got solid pitching.''

Lyle Overbay, who came in hitting only .213, came through with a tiebreaking two-run single in the fourth. Milwaukee would finally break things open in the eighth, scoring four times off reliever Justin Wilson. Ryan Braun capped the rally with a two-run double as Milwaukee maintained their five-game advantage in the NL Central


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St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Shelby Miller admitted he didn't feel real good warming up on Saturday afternoon. With the Toronto Blue Jays red hot offense waiting to take their hacks and Mark Buehrle, baseball's only 10-game winner, his mound opponent, that had to be a disconcerting feeling. But things obviously changed once Miller took center stage at Rogers Centre, because he was as locked in as the Cardinals have seen him during his relatively short career.

Miller carried a no-hit bid into the sixth inning and ended up going the distance on a three-hit shutout as the Cardinals topped the first place Jays, 5-0, snapping their six-game winning streak in the process. 

''Warming up in the bullpen, I didn't feel good at all,'' Miller said. ''It's crazy how the game works. I'm a little speechless still. It was a lot of fun doing that."

The shutout was the second of Miller's career. On May 10, 2013, Miller allowed a leadoff single to Colorado's Eric Young and then set down 27 batters in a row to complete one of the most dominant outings short of a perfect game in MLB history. Saturday's outing brought back a few memories of that day, and served as a reminder of Miller's special talent. It's all about finding consistency, and Miller hopes this serves as a launching point.

STREAKY SOX: The Boston Red Sox are going in the wrong direction again. After dropping 10 games in a row from May 15-25, Boston rebounded to win seven straight against the Atlanta Braves and Tampa Bay Rays. Now they're back on the road again, and after falling 8-6 to the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night, their current losing streak reached five.

It was a particularly difficult night for Boston's ace Jon Lester. The 30-year-old left-hander was tagged for five earned runs on a season-high 12 hits over four and one-third innings. He also failed to record a strikeout for the first time since April 1, 2011, a stretch covering 109 starts. He entered play on Saturday with the third most strikeouts in the AL with 95.

Like Shelby Miller, Lester admittingly didn't feel great in the bullpen prior to the game. Unfortunately for him, the results were the complete opposite.

''I didn't feel good from the first toss in the bullpen to the last pitch I threw in the game. Against that offense, that means a long night,'' Lester said. ''I flat-out wasted this game and the performance by our offense.''

Detroit's offensive attack was balanced against Lester. Eight of the nine starters knocked in exactly one run. The only one who didn't was Austin Jackson, but he still reached four times on three singles and a walk.

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