Giants engineer incredible eight-run comeback to beat Reds in extras

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Things have not been going well for the Giants in 2019. They entered Friday’s opener against the Reds with a 13-19 record, tied with their opponent for second-worst record in the National League and trailing only the Marlins, who have won just nine games this season. It was little consolation that they were evenly matched against the Reds, too; as MLB.com’s Maria Guardado pointed out, they hadn’t won a single game on Cincinnati’s home turf since May 3, 2016.

That changed on Friday night, when the Giants clawed their way back from an 8-0 deficit in the third inning to eventually top their NL rivals, 12-11, in the 11th. While Derek Dietrich and Kyle Farmer dominated San Francisco’s pitching staff — Dietrich hammered two home runs off of Tyler Beede in the first and third innings, and Farmer collected a single and home run of his own — the Giants found several opportune moments to chip away at an enormous deficit. Brandon Crawford got the team on the board in the fourth with a run-scoring groundout, followed by a two-RBI single from Steven Duggar to bring the score to a more manageable 8-3.

Their big breakout came in the sixth. Now lagging 10-3, they cranked out another four runs on Duggar’s sac fly, an RBI double from Stephen Vogt, and a 401-foot homer from Joe Panik, his second of the year. The two sides traded a couple more runs prior to the ninth inning when, down 11-10 with two outs, Vogt belted a first-pitch sinker from Raisel Iglesias deep into the right-field bleachers for the game-tying shot.

It was the first homer the 34-year-old catcher had recorded in the majors since 2017, and one that could not have been more fortuitously timed. (Had he been able to squeeze in a triple during a fourth at-bat, he would have hit for the cycle as well.) After a scoreless 10th — the first complete scoreless inning of the evening — the Giants took it home in the 11th with a leadoff go-ahead homer from Evan Longoria.

According to MLB Stats, the Giants’ come-from-behind win was their biggest in franchise history since September 4, 1989, when they orchestrated a 9-8 win over the Reds and scored all nine runs in the final three innings of the game.

The Reds will seek a comeback of their own on Saturday, with right-hander Tanner Roark is scheduled to square off against righty Dereck Rodríguez at 7:10 PM EDT.

Pujols has 2 more RBIs, Cardinals beat Pirates 8-7 in 10

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PITTSBURGH – Albert Pujols drove in two more runs and the St. Louis Cardinals went on to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-7 in 10 innings Tuesday night.

Pujols hit a two-run single in the third inning to push his career total to 2,218 RBIs. That came a night after he broke a tie with Babe Ruth for second place on the career list. Hank Aaron holds the record with 2,287.

Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol then removed the 42-year-old Pujols at the end of the inning. St. Louis opens postseason play Friday when it hosts a best-of-three National League wild-card series.

Juan Yepez gave the Cardinals the win when he hit a tiebreaking single with one in the 10th inning off Chase De Jong (6-3) to score automatic runner Ben Deluzio.

“Tonight was interesting because you’re fairly scripted in who you want to use and who you don’t want to use and what you want tomorrow to look like so you can get ready for Friday,” Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said. “It was a good one to still figure out a way to come out on top.”

The Cardinals threw out the potential tying run at home in the bottom of the 10th when automatic runner Kevin Newman tried to score from second base on Oneil Cruz‘s line single off the glove of first baseman Alec Burleson. The ball deflected to second baseman Brendon Donovan, who threw home to catcher Andrew Knizner.

The Pirates challenged the call, but it was upheld on video review.

“I thought we were going to get it overturned,” Newman said. “I just thought he didn’t tag me until he got higher up on the body.”

It was the Pirates’ 100th loss, the second year in a row they have reached that mark.

The Cardinals got two hits each from Donovan, Corey Dickerson, Knizner and Paul DeJong.

Cruz had three hits for the Pirates and Bryan Reynolds, Rodolfo Castro, Jack Suwinski, Ke'Bryan Hayes and Ji-Hwan Bae added two apiece. Miguel Andujar drove in two runs.

Chris Stratton (10-4) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.

“They weren’t the prettiest two innings I’ve ever pitched but I got a great play from the defense in the 10th inning to help me out,” Stratton said. “It was a good play all the way around.’

Pujols’ hit put the Cardinals ahead 3-1 but the Pirates answered with six runs in the bottom of the third. Andujar’s run-scoring double highlighted an inning that includes RBI singles by Castro, Suwinski, Ben Gamel and Bae.

The Cardinals then scored four runs in the seventh inning to tie the score at 7-all. Donovan hit an RBI single, Dickerson drove in two runs with a double and the tying run scored on a throwing error by Cruz, the rookie shortstop.

Both starting pitchers lasted just 2 2/3 innings. The Cardinals’ Dakota Hudson was rocked for seven runs and nine hits while the Pirates’ JT Brubaker allowed three runs on four hits.

Brubaker was activated from the injured list before the game. He had been out since Sept. 16 with right lat discomfort.

HELSLEY HURT

Reliever Ryan Helsley, the Cardinals’ closer, left in the eighth inning with a jammed right middle finger. Helsley was injured after catching a line drive by Bae and using his hands to brace himself while dodging a piece of a broken bat.

Helsley said he expects to be ready to pitch Friday.

“I don’t think there was anything super wrong with it,” Helsley said. `Just give it some rest and let it resolve itself.”

ROSTER MOVES

The Pirates optioned right-hander Roansy Contreras to Triple-A Indianapolis to clear a roster spot for Brubaker. They also recalled infielder/outfielder Tucapita Marcano from Indianapolis and optioned catcher Jose Godoy to the same club.

PIRATES AWARDS

Center fielder Bryan Reynolds was voted the winner of the Roberto Clemente Award, emblematic of the Pirates’ MVP, by the Pittsburgh chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Mitch Keller won the Steve Blass Award for best pitcher. Former infielder Michael Chavis was voted the Chuck Tanner Good Guy Award.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cardinals: OF Tyler O'Neill (strained right hamstring) has been ruled out for the wild-card series but St. Louis is hopeful he can play in the NLDS round if it advances. . 3B Nolan Arenado (left quadriceps tightness) missed his second straight game but could play Wednesday.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: Have not decided on a starter for Wednesday, though Marmol said LHP Matthew Liberatore (2-1, 5.46) and RHP Jake Woodford (4-0, 2.33) are possibilities.

Pirates: RHP Johan Oviedo (4-3, 3.12), who was acquired from the Cardinals on Aug. 1, gets the start.