Monday, September 22, 2014
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Giants top Pirates thanks to wacky double play

Derek Jeter got a surprise presidential farewell before playing his final game in Texas, when former President George W. Bush took part in a pregame ceremony Wednesday night.
Derek Jeter got a surprise presidential farewell before playing his final game in Texas, when former President George W. Bush took part in a pregame ceremony Wednesday night. RICK YEATTS / Getty Images
Jean Machi and the San Francisco Giants ended their six-game losing streak in the most wacky way. They don't care how it happened, any break is welcome these days.

A timely, heads-up glance by Machi helped San Francisco take advantage of a huge baserunning blunder by Pittsburgh, and the Giants tagged out two runners who wandered away on the same play to beat the Pirates, 7-5, Wednesday.

"Just like we drew it up, right?" second baseman Joe Panik quipped. "We got lucky with that one. Everything happened so quick. Almost like Little League, a rundown, playing a game of pickle." San Francisco stopped a skid that matched its longest of the season, and avoided the club's first winless homestand of at least seven games in the 15-year history of AT&T Park.

The Pirates, who had won three in a row, led by 5-4 in the sixth when Chris Stewart drew a one-out walk with runners on second and third.

Machi (6-0) got the ball back from the catcher and noticed Travis Snider had left second base, apparently thinking it was a bases-loaded walk.

Machi threw to shortstop Brandon Crawford to trap Snider. Crawford returned the ball to Machi, who fired to third baseman Pablo Sandoval to get Gaby Sanchez as he strayed off the bag.

Brewers 5, Rays 0 - Yovani Gallardo gave up three hits in seven innings, Martin Maldonado tied a career high with four RBIs, and visiting Milwaukee avoided a three-game sweep.

Astros 8, Athletics 1 - Dallas Keuchel pitched a four-hitter, and Robbie Grossman homered to cap a six-run first inning for host Houston.

Nationals 4, Marlins 3 - Tanner Roark won his fourth consecutive start and visiting Washington averted a series sweep by snapping Miami's six-game winning streak. For the fourth start in a row, Roark (11-6) allowed one run in seven innings, lowering his ERA to 2.74.

Diamondbacks 5, Reds 4 - Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run homer that kept Alfredo Simon winless since the All-Star Game, and visiting Arizona held on to win the series.

Indians 2, Mariners 0 - Corey Kluber had a three-hitter to outpitch Felix Hernandez for his first career shutout, and Yan Gomes had a two-run double for host Cleveland. The matchup between two of the top pitchers in the American League lived up to its billing. Kluber (11-6) held the Mariners to three singles and no walks while striking out eight.

Associated Press
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