SAN FRANCISCO – The warring Milwaukee Brewers have made two trades on so many days to bolster their bullpen for all these tight games and try to generate more runs so they do not have to be in so many tight runs.
One day after the acquisition of veteran Reliever Joakim Soria of the Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee landed third baseman Mike Moustakas of the Kansas City Royals on Friday as the club contests its first playoff appearance since reaching the 2011 NL Championship ,
"We were looking for another big racket to add to the lineup, and we did it," said manager Craig Counsell after a 3-1 win over the San Francisco Giants. "We feel we can put together a really tough lineup today."
Moustakas, who meets with his former team-mate Lorenzo Cain, should be in AT & T Park on Saturday and be available for the night game.
Ryan Brown hit an RBI single and drove in two runs to achieve Chase Anderson's first win in nearly a month, leading Milwaukee to another late rally.
Soria threw the seventh in his Milwaukee debut. He came in with his team 2: 1
in the game and divorced Brandon Crawford immediately. After a walk to Evan Longoria, Soria Pablo led Sandoval's inning-end double play.
Anderson (7-7) allowed a run on four strokes in six innings with three strikeouts and no walks. He won his first victory in five July starts since defeating the Reds on June 29 and Corey Knebel saved his second consecutive game for 14 of the year.
"Two left-handed bats in the lineup with pop, I'll take it," Anderson said regarding Moustakas and Eric Thames.
Jeremy Jeffress stroked the first two bars of the eighth title before loading the bases onto a pair of singles by Steven Duggar and Alen Hanson, then a walk to Andrew McCutchen. Buster Posey was founded to end the threat.
Milwaukee received RBI groundouts from Brown in the sixth and Orlando Arcia in seventh, as the Brewers made two straight-road wins after a six-game hurling off Miller Park. After a key-run scoring single, in which the Brewers won on Thursday with a 7: 5 victory, Brown dropped out in the eighth round.
Madison Bumgarner (3-4) beat five and went one of eight strong innings, but did not get enough support. He allowed three runs on seven hits in his 10th start of the season. The 2014 World Series MVP came off a career-high six walks last Saturday in Oakland and only went beyond four innings.
"You just got some hits in big spots for her," said Bumgarner. "Hard game, big loss for us."
The Giants snatched a quick second-half lead in the second double from Posey and Brandon Crawford, who just had his fourth RBI and extra base hit.
A Bay Area typical summer night that was one degree colder than Thursday with a temperature of 58 degrees.
Christian Yelich's first of two doubles in the first extension of his hit series to 11 games.
Before the national anthem, a minute's silence was held for the victims of deadly, devastating forest fires in Northern California.
BOCHY'S FAST JOURNEY
Giants manager Bruce Bochy plans to play late Saturday after the game in Cooperstown, New York, to assist Trevor Hoffman in the nearer Hall of Fame introduction.
Bank coach Hensley Meulens will host the series final against the Brewers on Sunday afternoon.
Brewers: CF Cain got a day off earlier than Counsell had planned – initially it was Sunday – because of a tender left knee from a swing and a sore right wrist from a slide into the second Thursday. … INF Jonathan Villar (thumb) has completed extensive training on the pitch, hoping that he could get on track on Saturday and then go to a rehabilitation center. … RHP Zach Davies, who had undergone an MRI earlier in the week after suffering a shoulder injury, was placed first with Class A Peoria. … Milwaukee selected RHP Jacob Barnes to join Triple-A Colorado Springs to clear the roster for Soria.
Giants: After five innings a night before, 2B Joe Panik (strained left groin) went 1 in 3 with a walk seven games innings for Triple-A Sacramento on Friday, then nine Saturday before spending a few days with class A San Jose once Sacramento goes on the road.
Brewers: RHP Jhouly's Chacin (9-3, 3.58 ERA) seeks double-digit gains for a second season in a row as he strives for victory # 10 and a fourth consecutive winning decision.
Giants: RHP's Johnny Cueto (3-1, 2.76) makes his fourth start since leaving the DL on July 5 and has a career 11-3 record and 2.74 ERA in 21 starts against Milwaukee.
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