Former MLBer Benard admits to steroid use

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Former Giants outfielder Marvin Benard told the Associated Press Sunday that he used steroids during the 2002 season, when the club lost in the World Series to the Angels.

Benard played nine major league seasons — all of them with the Giants — and called it quits after 2003.  He hit .276/.321/.407 in ’02 with one homer and 13 RBI in 131 plate appearances as a backup outfielder and did not register an at-bat in the playoffs.  Benard, now 39, first revealed to the San Francisco Chronicle earlier this afternoon that he used performance-enhancing drugs to recover from a knee injury.  He was also named in the Mitchell Report back in 2007.

For those wondering, Benard did not make mention of Barry Bonds in the revelation.

Astros extend winning streak to 11 games

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The Astros rallied late to keep their winning streak alive, extending it to 11 games with a 7-4 victory over the Royals on Sunday afternoon. The club is now 48-25, leading the Mariners by a full game in the AL West.

The Royals took a 4-2 lead after three innings, but Brian McCann knocked in a run with a single in the top of the fourth to cut the deficit to one run. Carlos Correa hit a game-tying solo home run in the eighth. The Astros kept their foot on the gas, scoring two more runs on RBI singles from Evan Gattis and Marwin Gonzalez in the top of the eighth and another in the top of the ninth on Correa’s sacrifice fly.

Starter Lance McCullers allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks with nine strikeouts over six innings. Tony Sipp worked a scoreless seventh. Ken Giles did the same in the eighth. Hector Rondon finished off the win in the ninth, working around a one-out walk with a game-ending double play.

After winning all 10 games on their road trip against the Rangers, Athletics, and Royals, the Astros will head home for a nine-game homestand against the Rays, Royals, and Blue Jays. Each club is below .500.