Giants find bats in victory


Anxious to end a five-week swoon, the San Francisco Giants are hitting again, which is why they’re back in first place in the NL West.

Brandon Crawford and Pablo Sandoval homered Friday, and the Giants totaled 13 hits to beat the Miami Marlins 9-1.

All-Star Madison Bumgarner (11-7), relishing the support, allowed one run in six innings.

“Good to see everybody playing like that,” Bumgarner said. “I guess everybody had a good All-Star break.”

With the victory, San Francisco overtook the Los Angeles Dodgers atop the division and leads by one percentage point.

The Giants began the night averaging less than three runs per game in July, worst in the majors, but they’ve totaled 17 runs in their past two games. Those wins came after an 11-22 stretch that cost them first place in the NL West.

“This is who we were the first 60-plus games,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “Then we turned into a different team.”

The Marlins lost their fifth game in a row and have dropped 21 of their past 31 to fall seven games under .500 for the first time.

“It wasn’t what we had drawn up coming back from the break,” third baseman Casey McGehee said. “We need to pick it up really quick.”

San Francisco led 9-0 before Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton hit his 22nd home run, most in the NL. His drive passed the home-run sculpture and caromed off the backdrop beyond the center-field wall.

“It was a pretty good pitch, I thought,” Bumgarner said. “But everyone knows how far he can hit the ball.”

Sandoval hit a three-run homer, his 12th, to end Eovaldi’s night in the Giants’ five-run fifth. Sandoval improved to 8 for 11 lifetime against Eovaldi with nine RBIs.

Bumgarner lowered his ERA to 3.38, but also struck out three times to drop his batting average to .256.

“I’ll trade the not hitting very good for pitching good any day,” he said.

Brewers 4, Nationals 2

In Washington, Scooter Gennett and Khris Davis homered, and Kyle Lohse pitched seven strong innings to help Milwaukee beat the Nationals.

Braves 6, Phillies 4

In Atlanta, Jason Heyward homered and drove in two runs, Andrelton Simmons had two RBIs, and the Braves won their third straight game.

Cardinals 3, Dodgers 2

In St. Louis, Matt Holliday homered, doubled and drove in three runs, and Lance Lynn won his third straight start.

Pirates 4, Rockies 2

In Pittsburgh, Travis Snider’s pinch-hit double in the eighth inning scored Neil Walker to spark the Pirates’ win over Colorado.

Mets 5, Padres 4

In San Diego, Travis d’Arnaud’s go-ahead single in the ninth inning lifted New York over the Padres for its fourth straight victory.

Diamondbacks 5, Cubs 4

In Phoenix, Paul Goldschmidt homered, Didi Gregorius had a pair of RBI singles, and Arizona overcame a pair of home runs from Anthony Rizzo to beat the Cubs.