Giants beat Cards 8-2, extend wild-card gap over St. Louis
San Francisco Giants' Brandon Belt (9) scores past St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina on a single from Brandon Crawford during the third inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
By JANIE McCAULEY AP Baseball Writer
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - All that talk about Buster Posey's second-half power drought was answered with one mighty swing in a September game that mattered, and his two-run homer helped the San Francisco Giants beat the St. Louis Cardinals 8-2 Friday night in a matchup of playoff contenders.
Posey drove in four runs and the Giants stayed four games back of the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers, who won at Arizona. San Francisco maintained its one-game lead over the New York Mets for the league's top wild card, moving three games up on the Cardinals in the wild-card standings.
Left-hander Matt Moore (4-4) allowed two runs over five innings, struck out four and walked three while facing the Cardinals for the first time in his career. He won for the fourth time over five starts in his ninth outing since joining San Francisco in a trade with Tampa Bay.
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