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Giants' Buster Posey homers among three hits in win Saturday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(12:22 am ET) Giants catcher Buster Posey--who served as the designated hitter on Saturday--went 3 for 5 with a double and a home run in the 9-7 win over the Rangers. 

Posey hit a solo home run--his 15th of the year--off Cole Hamels in the seventh inning to cut the Rangers' lead to one run. Then, after the Rangers had tacked on a couple of runs, Posey added an RBI double in the eighth to once again bring the Giants within one. He score the tying run later in the inning, and the Giants won the game in 11 innings.

Posey has been scorching at the plate recently. Over his past eight games, Posey is batting a robust .438 with three doubles, a home run and five RBI. He continued his ownership over Hamels, as he is now 13 for 27 with two home runs against the left-hander.


Athletics RP Pat Venditte throws Triple-A rehab game Saturday
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(12:17 am ET) Athletics relief pitcher Pat Venditte played in a rehab game for Triple-A Nashville on Saturday.

Venditte tossed 2/3 of an inning and allowed one hit. He is currently on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder injury.


Giants 1B Brandon Belt slugs two solo home runs in win Saturday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(12:14 am ET) Giants 1B Brandon Belt had a big night at the plate in the 9-7 win over the Rangers. The Texas-native went 2 for 4 with a pair of solo home runs in the extra-innings victory.

Belt bookended the Giants' scoring on Saturday. He got the Giants on the board with a solo home run in the third inning, cutting the Rangers' lead to one. Then, after the Giants took a 9-8 lead in the 11th, he delivered his second solo dinger of the night, giving him 12 homers on the year.

Both of Belt's home runs on Saturday came off of left-handers--he had not homered off of a southpaw this season prior to Saturday. 

After Saturday's performance, Belt is batting .306 with three home runs and nine home runs over his past 10 games.


Indians SP Cody Anderson picks up third loss of the season
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(12:11 am ET) Indians starting pitcher Cody Anderson didn't have his best stuff during his start against the Athletics on Saturday.

Anderson allowed four runs, three of them earned, on six hits in 6 2/3 innings of work. He gave up two walks and a home run while earning his third loss of the season.

With the loss, Anderson dropped tp 2-3 on the year with a 3.38 ERA.


Giants RP Santiago Casilla gets 27th save on Saturday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(12:08 am ET) Giants closer Santiago Casilla worked a scoreless ninth inning on Saturday to claim his 27th save of the season. Casilla, who gave up one hit in the inning, needed just 12 pitches to preserve the 9-7 extra-innings win over the Rangers. 

Casilla has now converted seven consecutive save chances, and his 27 saves represent a career-high for the 12-year veteran.


Giants' Chris Heston can't go five innings on Saturday vs. Rangers
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(12:05 am ET) Giants starter Chris Heston labored in his outing against the Rangers on Saturday. The young right-hander allowed three runs on seven hits, but was unable to get out of the fifth inning. He lasted 4 2/3, walking two and striking out two. He threw 93 pitches, with just 51 going for strikes. 

Heston took a no-decision, as the Giants won the game 9-7 in extra innings. He got off to a shaky start, giving up two runs in the first inning. He got through the next two frames unscathed, despite a couple of baserunners.

But he allowed a third run in the fourth, and was never really able to get anything going in this one. Still, Heston is 3-0 with a very solid 1.64 ERA over his past five starts.


Athletics' Aaron Brooks looks dominant in first start
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(12:01 am ET) Athletics pitcher Aaron Brooks didn't look like someone making their first start of the season on Saturday against the Indians, he looked like an ace.

Brooks allowed just one run on five hits over 7 1/3 innings of work. He struck out five batters and didn't give up any walks.

With the win, Brooks improved to 1-0 on the year with a 3.09 ERA.


Rangers' Cole Hamels gives up five runs in team debut
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(12:00 am ET) Making his Rangers debut, starter Cole Hamels battled on Saturday against the Giants, but was left with a no-decision. Hamels allowed five runs on eight hits over 7 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out six, throwing 61 of his 97 pitches for strikes. The Rangers wound up losing 9-7 in extra innings.

The Rangers gave Hamels a 2-0 lead after the first inning, but he allowed three runs to score in the third, including a solo home run by Brandon Belt. 

Hamels settled in after that, putting up zeroes over the next four frames. But he gave up another solo home run in the seventh--this time to Buster Posey. He started the eighth, but was pulled after putting a runner on second with two outs. That run (and two more) would end up scoring.

This was Hamels' first start since tossing a no-hitter against the Cubs last weekend. Despite the shaky outing on Saturday, he received a standing ovation from the home crowd as he departed the game.


Astros SS Carlos Correa pops two home runs in win on Saturday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/1/2015) Astros rookie shortstop Carlos Correa had yet another big night at the plate in Saturday's 9-2 win over the Diamondbacks. The top prospect went 2 for 5 with a pair of home runs in the big victory.

Correa got the Astros on the board early when he slugged a solo home run in the first inning. He later added a two-run shot in the sixth to close out the scoring for the Astros. 

The 20-year-old has hit safely in 15 of his past 16 games, batting .357 with three home runs and 13 RBI over that stretch.


Orioles' Manny Machado chips in solo home run in Saturday win
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/1/2015) Orioles third baseman Manny Machado went 2 for 4 in Saturday's 6-2 win over the Tigers. Machado went deep for his 23rd home run in the seventh inning, giving the O's their sixth and final run of the night.

Machado is batting .275 with a pair of homers over his past 10 games.


 
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