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Buster Posey's 18th homer helps Giants to ninth straight win

Buster Posey homered in the first inning and scored the go-ahead run on an error in the third, and the San Francisco Giants beat the San Diego Padres 6-1
Credit: AP
San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey, right, gets a congratulatory handshake from third base coach Ron Wotus (8) after hitting a solo home run against the San Diego Padres during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Buster Posey homered in the first inning and scored the go-ahead run on an error in the third, and the San Francisco Giants beat the San Diego Padres 6-1 for their ninth straight victory a day after becoming the first team in the big leagues to clinch a playoff berth. 

Brandon Belt and Darin Ruf each hit run-scoring doubles and Tommy La Stella added an RBI single to back Anthony DeSclafani, who won for the first time in five starts since defeating Colorado on Aug. 13. The pitcher allowed six earned runs over his previous 14 2/3 innings.