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Crawford’s 7th hit wins it for Giants in 14th

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POSTED August 8, 2016 11:42 p.m.

MIAMI (AP) — Brandon Crawford became the first major leaguer in 41 years to get seven hits in a game, finally putting the San Francisco Giants ahead to stay with an RBI single in the 14th inning of an 8-7 victory over the Miami Marlins on Monday night.

Crawford tripled, doubled and had five singles in eight at-bats, tying an NL record. The previous player to get seven hits in a game was Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Rennie Stennett on Sept. 16, 1975, at the Chicago Cubs.

Stennett set a modern-era record by accomplishing the feat in a nine-inning game. The only other player to do that was Wilbert Robinson for the old Baltimore Orioles of the National League in 1892.

Johnny Burnett holds the major league mark for an extra-inning game with nine hits for Cleveland in a 1932 contest that lasted 18 innings.

George Kontos (3-2) pitched two scoreless innings to earn the victory for the Giants, who were without manager Bruce Bochy after he was hospitalized in the morning with an illness.

The Giants went 6 for 21 with runners in scoring position and left 18 on base in a game that took 5 hours, 34 minutes — the longest of the season for both teams.

Andrew Cashner, Miami’s scheduled starter for Friday, entered in the top of the 14th to face Crawford with two on and he lined a single to center field that scored Brandon Belt for an 8-7 lead.

Christian Yelich went 3 for 6 with a home run and tied a career high with four RBIs for the Marlins. He is hitting .425 (17 for 40) with two home runs, six doubles and 12 RBIs over his last nine games.

Martin Prado also homered and drove in two runs for the Marlins.

San Francisco threatened in the 13th when Crawford hit a one-out triple off Dustin McGowan (1-3). After the second out, Marlins manager Don Mattingly intentionally walked two batters to get to the pitcher’s spot in the order.

The Giants were out of position players, leaving ace pitcher Madison Bumgarner, a .183 hitter with legitimate power, to pinch-hit with the bases loaded. He struck out to end the inning.

Miami also got out of a bases-loaded jam in the 11th when shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria went deep into the hole at the edge of the outfield grass on a grounder by Trevor Brown and threw to second from his knees for the forceout.

The Marlins took a 5-1 lead into the seventh behind a solid outing from Jose Fernandez, who allowed one run and six hits in six innings.

The Giants scored five times in the seventh off three Marlins relievers and started the inning with six consecutive hits on their way to taking a 6-5 lead.

Belt had a two-run double and Buster Posey followed with an RBI single. Hunter Pence also had an RBI single to tie it at 5.

Brian Ellington relieved Nick Wittgren and immediately threw a wild pitch that gave the Giants a 6-5 advantage.

The Marlins responded with three consecutive hits off Will Smith to begin the bottom of the seventh, including a two-run single by Yelich for a 7-6 lead.

Crawford’s RBI single in the eighth tied it again.

Bochy was admitted to a Miami hospital in the morning after feeling ill and was to be monitored overnight. Bench coach Ron Wotus managed the team, and Bochy is expected to return Tuesday.

Giants starter Johnny Cueto allowed five runs and six hits in five innings.

Prado and Yelich hit back-to-back home runs in the fifth for a 5-1 lead.

 

SUZUKI RECEIVES OVATION

Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki received a standing ovation before his pinch-hit appearance in the sixth after getting his 3,000th career hit Sunday in Colorado.

Giants pitcher Jake Peavy stepped off the mound and Posey came out of his catching stance to allow Suzuki to soak in the moment. Suzuki tipped his helmet to fans in appreciation before grounding out in his only at-bat.

 

TRAINER’S ROOM

Giants: Pence (eye) fouled a ball off his eye on Saturday. He was given a day off Sunday and was back in the lineup Monday. “The eye is a non-issue,” Wotus said. “He’s fine.”

Marlins: 1B Justin Bour (ankle) has taken a break from his rehab stint, citing soreness, but could return to the big league club on this homestand, which ends Sunday. “We’re hopeful, but it’s probably a 50-50 thing,” Mattingly said.

 

UP NEXT

Giants: LHP Matt Moore (7-7, 4.04 ERA overall) will make his second start with the Giants on Tuesday after being acquired in a trade with Tampa Bay. Moore allowed two runs and three hits in six innings during his Giants debut at Philadelphia.

Marlins: RHP Tom Koehler (8-8, 4.05) takes the mound in the second game against the Giants. Koehler is 2-0 with a 0.90 ERA in his last three starts.

 

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