SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Buster Posey hit his 18th home run of the year in the first inning and scored the lead on an error in the third, as the San Francisco Giants beat the San Diego Padres 6-1 on Tuesday night. to add their ninth victory in a row a day after becoming the first major league team to secure their postseason ticket.
Brandon Belt and Darin Ruf each had RBI doubles and Tommy La Stella had an RBI single to back up Anthony DeSclafani (12-6), who posted his first win in five starts since Aug. 13. The right-hander conceded a run on three hits, fanned three and walked free in a six-two-thirds run.
With nine consecutive victories, the Giants live their best run since the 10 wins they chained between May 20 and 31, 2004.
The loss went to Jake Arrieta (5-13), who was just 3 2/3 innings on the mound in his third start since signing as a free agent from the minors on Aug. 16.
For the Padres, the Dominican Fernando Tatis Jr. 4-0. Jurickson Profar from Curaçao 3-1, with one scored.
For the Giants, Thairo Estrada 0-0, with one scored; Wilmer Flores 1-0.