MILWAUKEE (CBS / AP) — Buster Posey homered off the Miller Park scoreboard and had three RBIs as the San Francisco Giants beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-4 on Tuesday night.
The Giants won for the eighth time in 11 games despite being outhit 11-5.
The Brewers went 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position off San Francisco starter Matt Cain (4-2) and have lost six of seven.
Cain pitched out of trouble, allowing four runs on 11 hits without walking a batter and striking out eight in seven innings. Santiago Casilla pitched the ninth for his 11th save.
Milwaukee’s Shaun Marcum (2-3) gave up six runs on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts in six innings. It was the first time this season the right-hander gave up more than three earned runs.
Posey’s ground-rule double in the first scored Brandon Crawford to give the Giants a 1-0 lead. His two-run homer in the sixth ricocheted off the center field scoreboard and extended San Francisco’s lead to 6-2.
It was his sixth homer of the season and second in two days. He hit a three-run homer in the top of the first inning Monday night in the Giants 4-3, 14-inning win over the Brewers.
Posey also tagged out Norichika Aoki at home without blocking the plate on a great throw from left fielder Melky Cabrera to complete a double play in the first inning. Posey missed most of last season after injuring his leg on collision at the plate.
Joaquin Arias hit his first major-league home run off Marcum in his 331st career major-league at-bat to give San Francisco a 4-0 lead in the fourth.
Ryan Braun’s single in the seventh extended his hitting streak to 11 games and scored Aoki from third to pull Milwaukee within 6-4. Aramis Ramirez came up as the tying run, but Cain struck him out on his 115th and final pitch to end the Brewers’ threat.
After Posey’s double in the first, Angel Pagan hit a sacrifice fly to score Cabrera and give the Giants a 2-0 lead.
Milwaukee cut it to 4-2 in the bottom of the fourth when Rickie Weeks, in a 4-for-46 slump, hit a two-run double off the base of the center field wall.
NOTES: Cain has held batters to a .125 average (7-56) with runners in scoring position this year. . The Brewers are 3-24 with runners in scoring position in the first two games of the series. . Angel Pagan went 0-3 with a sacrifice fly to snap his 11-game hitting streak. . Brewers 1B Mat Gamel underwent surgery to repair his torn anterior cruciate ligament on Tuesday. . Braun, who left Monday night’s game in the 10th inning with a tight right groin, was back in the starting lineup Tuesday night. . SF INF Aubrey Huff started at 1B, his first start since April 21. He had been on the DL due to an anxiety disorder.
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