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Price not right against Giants

AP

The San Francisco Giants jumped on David Price right at the start, making themselves right at home in another successful game at Comerica Park.

Andrew Susac hit a two-run double in San Francisco’s four-run first, and the Giants beat the Detroit Tigers 5-4 on Saturday.

Two years after clinching the 2012 World Series in Detroit, the Giants have taken the first two games of a weekend series at the Tigers’ home. They have won eight of nine against Detroit overall.

Buster Posey had a solo homer among his three hits for San Francisco, which has won three of four and nine of 11 overall. Madison Bumgarner pitched six innings for his fourth consecutive win, giving him a career-high 17 on the year.

“We were fortunate to get those early runs off Price,” Posey said. “You don’t usually get runs like that off a guy like him.”

Miguel Cabrera homered twice for Detroit, which has dropped three of four. Victor Martinez hit a solo drive in the third for his career-best 30th homer.

Price (13-11) settled down after the rough start, striking out 11 in 8⅔ innings. But the left-hander, who was acquired from Tampa Bay in a July 31 trade, dropped to 1-3 with a 4.91 ERA in his last four starts.

The Giants strung together five consecutive hits after Price retired the first two batters. Pablo Sandoval singled in Posey and scored on Susac’s double to center. Joaquin Arias then doubled home Susac to make it 4-0.

San Francisco was extremely aggressive in the inning, sending eight batters to the plate despite Price only throwing 24 pitches.

“I only feel like I made one big mistake all day, and that was the double by their catcher — Susac, I think,” Price said. “Even Posey hit a good pitch. But I had the two outs in the first, and I need to be able to execute a pitch right there and get off the field. I didn’t do that, and I haven’t done it since I got here.”

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Cardinals 5, Brewers 3

In Milwaukee, Matt Adams and Oscar Taveras homered, and the Cardinals opened up a four-game lead in the NL Central.

Pirates 5, Cubs 3 (11)

Pirates 5, Cubs 0

In Chicago, Francisco Liriano struck out nine in six dominant innings, helping the Pirates get their second win of the day at Wrigley Field.

Braves 4, Marlins 3 (10)

In Miami, Evan Gattis hit a leadoff homer in the 10th.

Phillies 3, Nationals 1

In Washington, A.J. Burnett pitched seven innings, Ryan Howard had two RBIs and the last-place Phillies secured their first winning season against the Nationals since 2010.

Reds 2, Mets 1

In Cincinnati, Todd Frazier and Chris Heisey homered for the Reds, and Johnny Cueto went seven innings.

Rockies 7, Padres 6 (12)

In Denver, Drew Stubbs had a tiebreaking RBI single in the 12th.

Dodgers 5, Diamondbacks 2

In Los Angeles, Dee Gordon hit a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning and Adrian Gonzalez homered.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Mariners 4, Rangers 2

In Arlington, Texas, Kyle Seager had three hits, including a home run, as the Mariners moved 1½ games ahead of Detroit for the AL’s second playoff wild card.

Yankees 6, Royals 2

In New York, Brandon McCarthy won for the second time in six starts.

Ichiro Suzuki went 2-for-2 for the Yankees.

Angels 8, Twins 5

In Minneapolis, Albert Pujols hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the ninth inning for his 2,500th hit.

Athletics 4, Astros 3

In Oakland, Jed Lowrie hit a game-ending RBI single in the A’s’ three-run ninth inning.

Indians 3, White Sox 1

In Cleveland, Corey Kluber pitched a five-hitter for the Indians, and rookie Jose Ramirez hit a go-ahead triple in a two-run seventh inning.

Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 3

In Boston, Clay Buchholz pitched into the seventh inning, and the Red Sox hurt the Blue Jays’ fading playoff hopes.

Munenori Kawasaki went 1-for-1 for Toronto.

Rays 3, Orioles 2

In St. Petersburg, Florida, Yunel Escobar scored on Nick Hundley’s passed ball with two outs in ninth inning.