Francouer helps Giants get by Brewers
San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Jeff Francouer's pinch-hit RBI single in the eighth inning lifted the San Francisco Giants to a 4-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday.
Hunter Pence drew a leadoff walk then stole second base. Brewers reliever John Axford (5-5) then looked to intentionally walk Pablo Sandoval, but threw the ball over catcher Jonathan Lucroy's head and off the backstop, allowing Pence to take third.
Axford eventually walked Sandoval before he was replaced by Michael Gonzalez, who issued a free pass to Brandon Belt to load the bases. Francouer followed with a grounder through the hole on the left side to score Pence.
After Gregor Blanco popped out to the catcher, Joaquin Arias laced a grounder down the line. Third baseman Jeff Bianchi was unable to handle the hard-hit grounder and it skipped into left field, allowing Sandoval and Belt to come around for a 4-2 lead.
Juan Francisco clobbered a solo homer with one out in the ninth, but Sergio Romo retired the next two hitters to notch his 27th save of the season.
Santiago Casilla (5-2) earned the win with a scoreless eighth inning. Starter Chad Gaudin allowed just on run on four hits while striking out eight over 6 1/3 innings.
Francisco finished the game 2-for-3 with two RBI for the Brewers.
08/06 01:26:25 ET