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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Buster Posey hits, moves on bases and catches with encouraging force in mid-September for someone who had hip surgery three years ago and chose not to participate to the shortened 2020 season to protect his young family.

And he’s determined to keep playing until October.

Posey hit a home run in the first inning and beat a single in the infield, then nodded on an error in the third, and the San Francisco Giants beat the San Diego Padres 6-1 on Tuesday night. for their ninth consecutive victory a day after becoming the first team in the big leagues to land a playoff berth.

“I feel great, I feel like my legs are under me,” Posey said. “I tried to implement this on the plate.”

Brandon Belt and Darin Ruf each scored points in doubles and Tommy La Stella added an RBI single to support Anthony DeSclafani (12-6), who won for the first time in five starts since losing to Colorado on August 13. The right-hander had allowed six earned runs in his previous 14 2/3 innings.

Belt, who proclaimed himself captain last week in Chicago, formed a “C” with his hand after the eighth inning brace.

With nine straight wins, the Giants (95-50) have their longest winning streak since a 10-game unbeaten streak from May 20-31, 2004.

Posey was on the 2010, ’12 and ’14 World Series championship teams – and these Giants are showing signs of delivering another special playoff series.

“You appreciate it for sure,” Posey said. “But at the same time all the guys have such a healthy urgency every day so you can’t sit down and remember at this point. There’s still a lot of work and the guys go to the stadium every day and put this on. work in it, get ready and go out believing that the work we have done to get there is going to pay off.

DeSclafani allowed one run on three hits, struck out three and walked one in 6 2/3 innings.

Jake Arrieta (5-13) only lasted 3 2/3 innings for San Diego in his third start since signing as a minor league free agent on August 16. Arrieta allowed three runs in five innings in his last outing against the Astros and has lost nine of his last 14 outings overall.

Kris Bryant of San Francisco clocked his 200th brace in the second against his former Cubs teammate in Arrieta. The pitcher’s wild throw to first on an out attempt allowed Posey to score for a 2-1 lead in the third.

Posey’s 18th Homer in 2021 marked the 11th long ball in as many games surrendered by San Diego – which has seen opponents cross fences 18 times since September 1.

Trent Grisham hit an RBI to the ground in the third for the Padres, who lost a fifth in a row – but they’re still in the wild-card race, and “that’s the encouraging thing,” manager Jayce said. Tingler. “… It still is. Right in front of us with 18 to go.

“I think there’s a little bit of pressure,” said right fielder Wil Myers.

Tingler credited DeSclafani but knows his attack has to come through.

“It’s more about us fighting, struggling, not having the beaters that we’re capable of in a crisis,” Tingler said.

WHAT A RACE

The Giants have scored at least six points in nine straight games – most in club history at San Francisco dating back to 1958 and behind just 15 such games in 1929, marking the longest run in history. baseball since at least 1909.

“I think we’ve had a consistent approach recently,” manager Gabe Kapler said. “We’ve stuck with the concept of finding specific locations and locations and we can drive and do damage and be patient on locations that we can.”

TRAINERS ‘ROOM

Padres: 1B Jake Cronenworth (broken left ring finger) hit against the pitch before Monday and started taking a few batting practice shots on Tuesday, possibly signaling a potential comeback this week. … LHP Blake Snell, the 2018 AL Cy Young award winner, who stepped out in the first inning of his start on Sunday against the Dodgers with a left adductor strain, is still under treatment.

Giants: LHP Alex Wood, returning from a fight with COVID-19, may be ready to kick off live batting practice on Wednesday. “We’ll see how he comes out of it,” Kapler said. “If he feels good, we can decide on the next steps. He is moving in the right direction. … OF Alex Dickerson (right hamstring strain) and INF Donovan Solano (COVID-19 injured list) were both continuing their rehabilitation missions with Triple-A Sacramento.

LIST MOVEMENT

The Padres signed LHP Ross Detwiler to a major league contract and proposed RHP Shaun Anderson to Triple-A El Paso.

FOLLOWING

RHP Joe Musgrove (10-9, 2.93 ERA) heads to San Diego in search of his third win in four starts, but has just suffered a loss to the Dodgers in his last outing.

The Giants’ starter for Game 3 of Wednesday night’s four-game series will be Dominic Leone (3-3, 1.41) on an outing in the bullpen.

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