Estrada hits 3-run homer as Giants beat Brewers 5-1

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Thairo Estrada hit a three-run homer during San Francisco’s four-run eighth inning, and the Giants beat the Brewers 5-1 on Thursday to avoid a four-game sweep.

A day after falling out of first place for the first time since May 30, the Giants (85-49) moved into a tie atop the NL West with the idle Los Angeles Dodgers. Austin Slater also connected, and Logan Webb pitched seven sparkling innings.

San Francisco had dropped four in a row.

Milwaukee (82-53) wasted a terrific performance by Eric Lauer, who tossed seven innings of three-hit ball. The NL Central leaders had won four in a row.

Darin Ruf put the Giants ahead to stay with a two-out RBI double off Devin Williams (7-2) in the eighth. Estrada followed with a drive to left for his fourth homer.

PHILLIES 7, NATIONALS 6

WASHINGTON (AP) — Andrew McCutchen drove in four runs and Philadelphia erased a six-run deficit on its way to the three-game series sweep.

The Phillies overcame a disappointing start from Aaron Nola and rallied against the Nationals’ bullpen for their sixth consecutive win. Philadelphia pulled within 1 1/2 games of NL East leader Atlanta and two games of idle Cincinnati in the race for the second NL wild card.

Juan Soto homered and drove in four runs for Washington, which has dropped five in a row and 21 of 27. Andres Machado (1-1) got the loss.

Sam Coonrod (2-2) pitched a scoreless seventh for the win, and Ian Kennedy worked the ninth for his 22nd save.

ATHLETICS 8, TIGERS 6

DETROIT (AP) — Jed Lowrie hit a three-run homer in the first inning for the first of Oakland’s eight two-out runs against Matt Manning.

Mark Canha followed Lowrie’s shot with another homer for 4-0 lead. It was the 14th homer of the season for both Lowrie and Canha.

Khris Davis’ RBI double in the fourth made it 8-0 before the Tigers battled back by scoring six runs.

Manning (3-6), a 6-foot-6 rookie right-hander, was charged with eight hits in 3 2/3 innings.

Oakland starter Frankie Montas (11-9) permitted three runs and five hits in 6 2/3 innings. Sergio Romo got three outs for his 136th career save.

Harold Castro, Akil Baddoo and Jeimer Candelario homered for the Tigers.

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