SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Bases loaded with stubble from Brewers reliever Jandall Gustav allowed Wilmer Flores to advance into the eighth inning, and the San Francisco Giants beat Milwaukee 2-1 on Saturday night.
Gustav replaced Brent Suter (1-3) with two ons and two outs. After hitting Ivan Longoria with a pitch to load the bases, Gustav overtook Mike Yastrzemski and counted 1–2 when home plate umpire Pat Hoberg called a balk as the Oracle Park crowd sold out.
“It looked like there was a small jolt there,” said Yastrzemsky. “Obviously it’s not the most exciting way to win, but we will do whatever we can to win.”
Some Giants players were unsure about the call. Several Brewers players later watched replays at the clubhouse and shook their heads in disagreement.
Crew chief Bruce Drakeman said it was “quite cut and dry.”
“It’s a beginning and a stop,” Drakeman told a pool reporter. “When they start to bring their hands up, they can’t bring them up and stop mid-stroke of their pitching delivery.”
Dominic Lyon earned his second save when he struck out Colton Wong to end the game as the Brewers held a third-place tying run in ninth.
Darin Roof homed for the second game in a row, helping San Francisco win its sixth in eight games.
“It’s nice to win some of these close games,” Yastrzemsky said. “We’ve had some heartbreakers this year where we lost by one run when we were in the game. It’s good to be on the winning side of that.”
Omar Narvaez had a sacrificial fly for Milwaukee. The Brewers’ lead in the NL Central fell in a game on St.
John Brebia (5-1) retired two batsmen for the win.
On a day when the Giants scored three home runs from Brewers close Josh Hader in the ninth inning, including a walk-off Grand Slam, Alex Cobb and Eric Lauer held both offenses until Roof’s second home run in two days .
The Giants’ first baseman, who featured in the ninth inning on Friday, crushed the pitch 2-2 from Lauer into left field, standing in the sixth with two outs.
Milwaukee tied it in the eighth to Narvaez’s sacrificial fly which offered to Hunter Renfro. Renfro doubled the lead and took the third when Yastrzemski bowled the ball.
Lauer allowed two hits in seven innings. He walked three and hit four. Cobb, not winning since May 17, bowled a four-hitting ball and struck five strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings.
“He continued to show that good stuff, velocity and a really good split,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said. “It was very easy to put him out there.”
second attempt not a charm
Jonathan Davis caught a break in the eighth inning when he stole second base and the Giants failed in their attempt to replay it. But Davis was knocked out when he tried to take third with a left-handed hit from Christian Yelich’s batting.
The Brewers: Off Tyrone Taylor, is out July 2 while in concussion protocol, starting a rehab assignment with Triple-A Nashville. … RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez cleared the waiver after being named for the assignment earlier in the week and chose free agency.
Giants: 3B Ivan Longoria returned from a rehab assignment and was reinstated from the injured list. RHP Jacob Junis has also returned from IL. … SS Brandon Crawford was placed on 10-day IL with swelling of the right knee. RHP Mauricio Lovera was placed on a 15-day IL with a right flexor strain.
Giants RHP Logan Webb (8-3, 2.82 ERA) and Brewers RHP Jason Alexander (2-1, 4.73) take the mound on Sunday in the final game for both teams before the All-Star break. Webb has allowed one run on his last two starts, covering 14 innings. Alexander has been allowing opponents to average .314 in nine matches this season.
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