Giants Climb Back Into First Place In NL West With Romp Over Brewers

Jose Guillen drove in six runs, including a grand slam, and Pat Burrell blasted a three-run home run to power San Francisco to a 9-2 victory over Milwaukee and back into first place in the NL West race. Check out more at McCovey Chronicles and Brew Crew Ball.

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Giants Climb Back Into First Place In NL West With Romp Over Brewers

San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Jose Guillen drove in six runs, including a grand slam, and Pat Burrell blasted a three-run home run to power San Francisco to a 9-2 victory over Milwaukee and back into first place in the NL West race.

Guillen finished 2-for-4, while Buster Posey doubled twice, walked three times and scored three runs in the crucial win for the Giants, who had dropped the first two games of the series. San Francisco moved a half-game ahead of San Diego, which lost to St. Louis on Sunday to relinquish the top spot in the division.

Barry Zito (9-13) allowed a pair of runs on three hits and a walk while striking out three over six innings to end a career-high nine-game losing streak for the Giants, who have won three of five.

Chris Narveson (11-8) suffered the loss after allowing six runs on four hits and four walks while fanning one over 4 2/3 innings for the Brewers, who had a three-game win streak halted.

Freddy Sanchez singled with one out in the first and moved to third base on Posey's two-out double before Burrell walked to load the bases. Guillen then slugged his grand slam to left to give the Giants the lead they held throughout the contest.

Narveson settled down and got through the next three frames unscathed but could not make it out of the fifth.

Aubrey Huff and Posey drew two-out walks that spelled the end of the day for Narveson, who was replaced by Mike McClendon.

The right-hander walked Burrell in front of Guillen, who singled to center to drive in Huff and Posey to make it a 6-0 game.

Zito blanked the Brewers through five before Ryan Braun hit a two-run homer in the sixth to account for the visitors offensive output. The southpaw then struck out Prince Fielder to end up on the winning side of the ledger for the first time since July 16.

The Giants put the game out of reach in the seventh when Burrell belted his long ball to left off Brandon Kintzler after Huff had singled and Posey had doubled to chase Zach Braddock from the hill.

Zito had lost each of his last seven starts and gone a career-long 11 starts and 12 appearances since his last win...The Giants are 65-10 when scoring four runs or more and 58-18 when scoring first...San Francisco had been held to two or fewer runs in seven out of 10 games before Sunday...Four of Burrell's last 10 hits have been home runs and 22 of his last 36 hits have been for extra bases...San Francisco shortstop Edgar Renteria was out of the lineup for a second straight day with a sore right elbow.

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