Brandon Phillips had three hits, including a home run and double, and scored twice in his return to the lineup, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the San Francisco Giants 3-1 on Thursday night.
Entering the week, the 42-21 Giants are a full three games up on their cross-bay rivals for the best record in Major League Baseball. Unlike past post-season -bound squads where the starting rotation was called on to cover the blemishes of very bumpy lineup, this year’s team is deep.
Pablo Sandoval singled in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, lifting the San Francisco Giants to a 2-1 victory over the rival Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night and into first place in the NL West.
Angel Pagan hit a three-run home run in San Francisco’s five-run eighth inning and the Giants rallied to beat Arizona 8-5 on Thursday in a game that was halted briefly in the top of the first due to a swarm of bees in the outfield.
Buster Posey hit a two-run homer off new Arizona closer Addison Reed in the ninth inning and the San Francisco Giants rallied from four runs down to beat the Diamondbacks 9-8 on Monday night.
San Francisco Giants center fielder Angel Pagan is scheduled for surgery on Tuesday to repair a tendon in his left hamstring.
Juan Perez hit a tiebreaking single with two outs in the eighth inning and the San Francisco Giants beat San Diego 5-4 on Tuesday night, snapping the Padres’ seven-game winning streak.