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Slater hits HR, Giants beat Padres 5-4

SAN FRANCISCO – Austin Slater hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning and the San Francisco Giants defeated the San Diego Padres 5-4 on Friday night. Slater led the inning with a right-hand drive against right-handed Keone Kela (2-2). Slater scored three runs despite entering the game with a 3v25 game, including eleven hits with no hits before the homer. Buster Posey hit a two-run homer and Evan Longoria had a two-run single for the Giants, who improved to 11-3 at Oracle Park that season. On a night they celebrated Hall of Famer Willie Mays the day after his 90th birthday, San Francisco prevailed 1 1/2 games from San Diego for the lead of NL West. Camilo Doval (1-1) scored a goalless seventh place for the win, and Jake McGee finished his eighth save with three spikes in ninth place. The Giants took the lead in the third inning-off starter Blake Snell 4-0 against Poseys Homer and in the fifth off-right-hander Austin Adams with two hits against Longoria. Posey’s counter-field drive to the right was his eighth homer of the year, surpassing his 2019 total of seven. The six-time all-star had to sit out last season due to family concerns due to the pandemic. Snell lasted 4 2/3 innings and was charged with four runs. San Diego even pulled in the sixth. Giants starter Anthony DeSclafani went into the inning with a one-hitter but that disappeared when Trent Grisham buckled up a homer with two runs. Eric Hosmer also beat a homer out of two runs ahead of Sam Selman. Mays was driven around the warning lane for a lap in a classic, aquamarine blue and cream colored 1956 Oldsmobile. Before and during the game, Mays was recognized by numerous celebrities both inside and outside baseball. A partial list: former President George W. Bush, baseball commissioners Bud Selig (formerly) and Rob Manfred (current), Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Ken Griffey Jr., Dusty Baker, Orlando Cepeda, Snoop Dogg, Wayne Gretzky and Magic Johnson and Tom Brady. Barry Bonds, Baseball’s all-time homerun leader and Mays’ godson, not only recorded a video, but was shown alongside the “Say Hey Kid” in his suite when announcer Renel Brooks-Moon made fans sing “Happy Birthday “Before the fourth inning. Mays received a cake in the shape of a field player’s glove with a “ball” covered with icing in his pocket. Posey said before the game, “When you think of the name ‘Willie Mays’ it’s almost a mythological kind of name. It has the same feeling as a Babe Ruth or Lou Gehrig. TRAINER’S ROOM Giants: Manager Gabe Kapler announced the shuffling of San Francisco’s field workers when Mike Yastrzemski left the 10-day injured list and Alex Dickerson drove on it. Dickerson was posted with a bruise on his right shoulder that he contracted in Colorado on Wednesday. Yastrzemski, who missed the Giants’ last 10 games with a slight strain from the left, didn’t start on Friday but is expected to be included again on Saturday, Kapler said. The Giants also reinstated left-handed Jarlin Garcia, who had maintained a strained left groin, from the 10-day list of injured. Padres: Manager Jayce Tingler said LHP Ryan Weathers threw a light bullpen on Friday and RHP Dinelson Lamet will throw a light bullpen on Saturday. The Padres haven’t announced a starter for Sunday, but it could be either Lamet or Weathers. Both lost 2-1 to Pittsburgh on Tuesday night. Lamet, who was on the list of injured with an infection of his right forearm, started and went two innings and Weathers, who came out of his previous outing with a sore left arm, went three innings. UP NEXT The series continues on Saturday with Padres right-hander Joe Musgrove versus Giants Righty Kevin Gausman. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Chris Haft, The Associated Press

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