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Giants Beat Padres in Extras to Close Out July With Third Straight Win

SAN DIEGO - After a win on Sunday, Buster Posey called the Giants "streaky" and said he hoped that meant a good run was coming. Perhaps this is the start of one. 

On deadline day, the Giants beat the Padres 3-2, clinching a mini-sweep and winning their third straight. They are back above the .500 mark at 55-54. For the second straight day, the Giants needed extras for the win. Evan Longoria led off the top of the 10th with a triple to right and scored on Brandon Crawford's single three batters later. 

Here's what else happened… 

-- Dereck Rodriguez allowed a first-inning run when Eric Hosmer turned on a pitch up and in and drove an RBI double, but after that he was dominant. Rodriguez walked off after seven innings having allowed just one run on three hits. He hasn't allowed more than two runs in a start since June 19, and his ERA is down to 2.59. 

-- Rodriguez also got Cained. He lost his win when Reyes Moronta walked the leadoff batter in the eighth and allowed him to come around to score. A day after pitching two innings, Moronta threw 27 pitches. 

-- Andrew McCutchen's name was in plenty of rumors over the past week, but the Giants never came close to trading him. That paid off in the fifth. McCutchen hit a solo homer to right, his 11th of the season. 

-- The Giants loaded the bases with no outs in the eighth, but Crawford struck out, Joe Panik grounded out and Gorkys Hernandez flied out. It was a regrettable sequence. 

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