Sports Kapler beats former team as Giants defeat Phillies 5-3
Gausman fans 10 in 7 innings, Giants edge Cubs 4-3
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Unbeaten Kevin Gausman struck out 10 in seven smooth innings, Alex Dickerson homered for the second consecutive day and the San Francisco Giants kept rolling, beating the Chicago Cubs 4-3 on Saturday. San Francisco won its third straight over the Cubs. The Giants have won nine of 11 overall and are a majors-best 37-21. Patrick Wisdom hit his fifth home run in 12 games for Chicago. The Cubs have dropped three straight. Gausman (7-0) allowed two hits and a pair of unearned runs, lowering his ERA to 1.27, for his first victory in four career appearances against the Cubs.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Johnny Cueto struck out five in six uneven innings, Brandon Belt homered and the San Francisco Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-3 on Friday night.
LaMonte Wade Jr. doubled, tripled and drove in two runs as the Giants won in manager Gabe Kapler’s first home game against his former team. Kapler was fired in 2019 after two seasons as the Phillies’ manager.
San Francisco has won five straight, 17 of 23 and is a majors-best 45-25.
“I feel that we’re more united, that we’re getting along better, and that we’re enjoying ourselves,” Cueto said through an interpreter. “We’re winning. I just hope that we continue winning so we can have more happy days.”
Tauchman slam, Crawford 2 HRs as Giants beat Rangers 9-4
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Brandon Crawford was in for a special night just by taking the field at shortstop for the San Francisco Giants. His two home runs and a big slam by Mike Tauchman just made the planned postgame champagne toast even sweeter. Tauchman hit a go-ahead grand slam between the two homers by Crawford, who set the Giants' franchise record for most games as a shortstop in San Francisco's 9-4 win over the slumping Texas Rangers on Tuesday night. “One of the cooler accomplishments of my career,” Crawford said.
Andrew McCutchen hit his 12th home run for the Phillies. Odúbel Herrera connected for his fifth, a solo shot leading off the game. Bryce Harper had two hits in his return to Philadelphia’s lineup after leaving Wednesday’s game against the Dodgers with lower back tightness.
Cueto (5-3) settled down to beat the Phillies for the second time in 13 career starts after giving up Hererra’s home run on the fourth pitch of the game. Cueto allowed three runs on six hits.
“He made several quality pitches that they put good swings on,” Kapler said. “He was able to go six innings in large part because his defense played good behind him. He pitched to contact and he doesn’t walk guys.”
An All-Star for the Giants in 2016, Cueto also walked and scored the tie-breaking run on Wade’s triple in the fourth.
Segura's 2nd straight walkoff lifts Phils over Yankees 8-7
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jean Segura scored Ronald Torreyes with an infield single in the 10th inning for his second straight game-ending hit and the Philadelphia Phillies got a third consecutive walkoff win with an 8-7 victory over the New York Yankees on Saturday. After Yankees star DJ LeMahieu hit a tying, three-run homer in the ninth, Phillies reliever Archie Bradley (2-1) pitched a perfect 10th to strand the designated runner. Travis Jankowski led off the bottom of the inning against Aroldis Chapman (4-2) by reaching on the pitcher’s error.
“When I saw the ball come off the bat I told myself I have to score from first,” Cueto said. “I felt stronger after running the bases. I work hard at it.”
Dominic Leone and Tyler Rogers retired three batters apiece. Jake McGee pitched the ninth for his 14th save.
Phillies starter Vince Velasquez (2-2) allowed four runs, three earned, and walked four in four innings. Velasquez is winless over his last four starts.
Having four walks under my belt is unnecessary,” Velasquez said. “I have to do a better job attacking the zone. It seemed like I was all over the place.”
SORRY ABOUT THAT
The Phillies threw the ball around like a Little League team in the second inning, but it was a defensive breakdown in the first that stood out. San Francisco’s Buster Posey hit a high foul ball down the right field line that first baseman Rhys Hoskins and second baseman Brad Miller tried to chase down. Hoskins was in position to make the catch when Miller stumbled and bumped into him from behind, just before the ball landed on the ground. No error was charged, although Posey drew a walk.
A Giant emerges: How Kevin Gausman evolved into the NL's surprise success story
Giants pitcher Kevin Gausman has evolved into one of the National League's best pitchers, and all it took was challenging conventional wisdom.After all, Gausman, to the surprise of all, is the best pitcher in the National League not named Jacob deGrom, the nascent ace of a team with its league’s best record, a collection of cast-offs and try-agains outshining the many MVPs and faces of baseball to the south in Los Angeles and San Diego.
“You can’t make the little mistakes, they’re going to haunt you,” said Harper of the Phillies defense. “We can’t give them outs. You get 27 of them and we’re giving them a couple more. We need be better tomorrow and make less mistakes.”
Phillies: Catcher Andrew Knapp was placed in concussion protocol after coming out of the game when he took a hard foul ball off the facemask in the sixth. Knapp dropped to the ground and stayed on his knees for several moments as manager Joe Girardi and a team trainer came out. Knapp finished the inning before being replaced by J.T. Realmuto.
Giants: INF Darin Ruf (strained right hamstring) ran the bases before the game and may begin a rehab assignment this weekend. 2B Tommy La Stella (strained left hamstring) also ran the bases and is close to beginning a rehab assignment. … Kapler said the Giants are unsure whether to activate OF Alex Dickerson (upper back tightness) off the IL to rejoin the team or send him on a rehab assignment. … RHP Aaron Sanchez was pulled from a rehab start with Triple-A Sacramento due to a blister on his right middle finger.
Giants LHP Alex Wood (6-3, 3.71 ERA) faces Philadelphia on Saturday and will try to end a rough patch. Wood has allowed 13 earned runs in 15 innings over his previous three starts. Phillies RHP Aaron Nola (5-4, 3.69) has one win in four career starts against San Francisco.
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Michael Wagaman, The Associated Press
Buehler deals, surging Dodgers sweep Giants with 3-1 victory .
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Kenley Jansen struck out Steven Duggar to end the Los Angeles Dodgers' fifth straight win and a sweep of their major league-leading archrivals, it was tough to remember just how shaky the defending champs looked last week. The Dodgers stumbled home last Thursday after getting swept by San Diego, and they were promptly no-hit by the Cubs. Five mostly brilliant games later, Los Angeles is revitalized, refocused and back on a roll.