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Giants claim 10th straight win

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SAN FRANCISCO — Everything seems to be breaking right for the Giants, who took advantage of an overturned call at the plate to score four runs in the fifth inning and roll to their 10th consecutive win, a 4-2 victory over the Padres on Wednesday night at Oracle Park.

With their first 10-game winning streak since May 20-31, 2004, the Giants (42-32) have now climbed a season-high 10 games over .500, matching their high-water mark from last season. They’ve been the hottest team in baseball for over a month, going 25-9 since May 15, the best record in the Majors.

The Giants were blanked through the first four innings by Padres right-hander Yu Darvish before a trio of rookies finally got the offense going in the fifth. Luis Matos and Blake Sabol reached on back-to-back singles, and David Villar walked to load the bases with no outs for Brandon Crawford, who lifted a sacrifice fly to left field to put the Giants on the board.

After striking out Casey Schmitt, Darvish gave up a two-out single to Joc Pederson, though he appeared to avoid further damage after right fielder Fernando Tatis Jr. made a strong throw to nab Sabol at the plate. Sabol was easily tagged out by catcher Gary Sánchez, seemingly ending the inning, but the Giants challenged the call, arguing that Sánchez had blocked the path to the plate in violation of the home-plate collision rule. 

After a lengthy replay review, home-plate umpire Quinn Wolcott announced that the call had been overturned. Sabol was ruled safe, extending the Giants’ lead to 2-0 and keeping the inning alive. The turn of events did not sit well with Padres manager Bob Melvin, who was ejected for arguing the call. A similar play unfolded in the White Sox’s 7-6 comeback win over the Rangers on Tuesday night, which resulted in an ejection for former Giants manager Bruce Bochy.

MLB rule 6.01(i)(2) on collisions at home plate reads:

“Unless the catcher is in possession of the ball, the catcher cannot block the pathway of the runner as he is attempting to score. If, in the judgment of the umpire, the catcher without possession of the ball blocks the pathway of the runner, the umpire shall call or signal the runner safe. Notwithstanding the above, it shall not be considered a violation of this Rule 6.01(i)(2) if the catcher blocks the pathway of the runner in a legitimate attempt to field the throw.”

The Giants continued to add on after play resumed, with Mike Yastrzemski and J.D. Davis delivering back-to-back, two-out RBI singles to make it 4-0. The rally came at a cost, though, as Yastrzemski strained his left hamstring while going from first to third base on Davis’ single and was forced to depart the game. Yastrzemski, who missed 15 games with a left hamstring strain in May, was replaced by pinch-runner Austin Slater, who remained in the game to play right field.

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