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Giants Win, Take Back First Place



    Giants Win, Take Back First Place
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    PHOENIX - SEPTEMBER 06: Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants breaks his bat as he swings during the Major League Baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on September 6, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Giants defeated the Diamondbacks 2-0 in eleven innings. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    The San Francisco Giants found their bats Sunday and handily beat the Milwaukee Brewers.  The final score was 9-2.

    The win put the Bay Area team in sole possession of first place in the NL West.  They are a half game out of first. 

    The San Diego Padres are a half game back. The Colorado Rockies are now one game back.

    The Giants took two out of the three in the weekend series at AT&T Park.

    The St. Louis Cardinals helped the Giants by taking three of four from the Padres, who began the day with a half-game lead over San Francisco in the NL West.

    The Padres get their last day off Monday before opening a three-game series at Los Angeles.  The Giants are off as well as they fly to Chicago with a three game series with the Cubs.

    Jose Guillen hit a grand slam and drove in six runs. Barry Zito won for the first time in two months. Zito (9-13) pitched six solid innings to end a career-worst nine-game losing streak and record a victory for the first time since July 16. He gave up two runs and three hits, walking one and striking out three.

    Ryan Braun hit a two-run homer for the Brewers, who were officially eliminated from the NL Central division race. Braun also robbed Cody Ross of a home run in the first inning, reaching over the fence to pull back his drive.