Giants Hit 5 HRs, Rough Up Greinke, Astros 8-6

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SAN FRANCISCO: The San Francisco Giants hit five home runs, including four off Astros ace Zack Greinke, and beat Houston 8-6 Saturday in an interleague matchup of division leaders.

Darin Ruf, Donovan Solano, Wilmer Flores and LaMonte Wade Jr. connected off Greinke. Mike Yastrzemski added a later shot to help the Giants become the first team in the majors with 65 wins.

Brandon Crawford hit a tiebreaking single in the sixth inning for the Giants.

Aledmys Daz homered twice on his 31st birthday for the Astros, who lost in manager Dusty Bakers return after serving a one-game suspension.

The Giants lead the NL with 156 home runs, but had gone a season-high four games without one before Solanos two-out drive in the second.

After Flores connected for a two-run homer in the third, Wade homered into McCovey Cove in the fourth. The ball sailed over his mother, who was standing on the walkway behind the seats in right field.

Ruf homered in the fifth. Yastrzemski hit his 17th home run in the eighth.

Greinke gave up eight hits and six runs – four earned – in four innings. His career high for homers allowed is five.

Crawfords two-out RBI single off Cristian Javier drove in Ruf, who reached on a two-out single off Blake Taylor (2-3).

Jay Jackson (2-0) retired three batters to win. Jake McGee pitched the ninth for his 22nd save.

Diaz hit a two-run homer in the third and a solo shot in the fifth, both off Giants starter Alex Wood.

The Astros made it 6-all on Martn Maldonados homer in the top of the sixth.


Newly acquired Kris Bryant was not with the Giants. He was flying from Chicago to San Francisco and expected to arrive Saturday night. Manager Gabe Kapler expects the four-time All-Star to be in the lineup Sunday.


On a day when both teams had troubles on defense, Crawford continued his stellar fielding. The three-time Gold Glove shortstop ranged far to his left to get to Chas McCormicks grounder in the fourth, did a full spin then made a strong throw to first for the out.


The Astros added RHP Phil Maton to the active roster. Acquired in a trade with Cleveland, he pitched a scoreless inning and struck out three.

Houston called up OF Jake Meyers from Triple-A Sugar Land and optioned RHP Bryan Abreu to the taxi squad and RHP Brandon Bielak to Sugar Land. RHP Nivaldo Rodrguez was designated for assignment.

The Giants added LHP Tony Watson and optioned LHP Sammy Long to Triple-A Sacramento.


Astros: 3B Alex Bregman (left quad strain) continues to make progress in his rehab and Baker is cautiously optimistic. I told him whatever time period that he has for himself, to add a couple days to make sure that (hes) ready timing-wise to hit in the middle of the order hopefully again, Baker said. Hes always going to say hes ready but I want him really ready.

Giants: Flores left the game with lower back tightness. C Buster Posey rested.


Giants RHP Logan Webb (4-3, 3.36 ERA) has no-decisions in each of his previous four starts, although he hasnt lost since May 5. Astros RHP Luis Garca (7-5, 3.19) is coming off one of his worst outings this season when he had nine strikeouts but allowed six runs (five earned) in 4 2/3 innings against Seattle.


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