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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 08/17/2011

Leading off: Reeling Giants need to save face against the Braves

Game of the day: San Francisco at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m. Things are starting to spiral out of control for the Giants. After two consecutive walk-off losses at the hands of the Braves, the defending world series champions are 3 1 / 2 games behind streaking Arizona in the National League West, and six games behind Atlanta in the wild card race. As Carlos Beltran heads to the disabled list with a hand injury, San Francisco needs to do something positive. The Giants will turn to Matt Cain (9-9) on Wednesday, hoping the big right-hander can help stop the bleeding. Cain has pitched well but has lost four of his past five starts, as the anemic San Francisco offense has scored just two or fewer runs in each of his last five outings. Atlanta right-hander Jair Jurrjens (12-4) is scheduled to come off the disabled list to pitch for the Braves. The early-season Cy Young candidate hasn’t pitched since Aug. 1 because of a knee injury and hasn’t earned a win since July 6.

Other game to watch: Texas at Los Angeles Angels, 10:05 p.m. Ervin Santana (9-8) is on a roll, and the Angels need it to continue as they struggle to stay close in the American League West. Santana is 6-0 with a 1.25 ERA in his past nine starts, and he has pitched into the ninth inning in his last four outings and Los Angeles has won each time. Texas starter C.J. Wilson (11-5) snapped a four-start losing streak in his last game, but Wilson has a 1.35 ERA this season in three starts against Los Angeles.

Games you should have seen:

Atlanta 2, San Francisco 1 (11 innings) . Braves right-hander Randall Delgado took a no-hitter into the seventh inning of his second career start, and after Cody Ross broke it up with a game-tying home run, Atlanta rallied to win in the 11th. Martin Prado’s walk-off single with two out gave the Braves their second straight win over the floundering Giants. Michael Bourn had an RBI single earlier in the game for Atlanta. Giants starter Jonathan Sanchez left the game in the third inning with a sprained left ankle.

Arizona 3, Philadelphia 2 . Phillies starter Roy Halladay cruised through his first eight innings, but newly-acquired Diamondback first baseman Lyle Overbay got to him for a two-run double in the top of the ninth to give Arizona its seventh consecutive win. Halladay (15-5) struck out 14, but still suffered his third complete-game loss of the season. Shane Victorino homered in the bottom of the fifth inning to provide the only scoring for Philadelphia, which has lost two of three after winning 12 of its previous 13.

Stat you should know: 30. Home runs this season for Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols after the slugger went deep Tuesday in St. Louis’s 5-4 extra-inning loss against Pittsburgh. Pujols has now hit 30 or more home runs in each of his first 11 seasons in the major leagues, the only player in baseball history to accomplish that feat.

Star of the night: Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury homered in both games of Boston’s doubleheader against Tampa Bay on Tuesday, hitting a three-run blast in Boston’s 3-1 afternoon win and a solo shot in the Sox’ 6-2 evening loss. The Red Sox managed just six total hits in the twin bill, but Ellsbury had two big ones.

Chatter: “He’s a tough cookie. That’s why he’s about to win the Cy Young.” — Twins outfielder Ben Revere, describing Detroit right-hander Justin Verlander after the Tigers’ 7-1 win over Minnesota on Tuesday. Verlander (18-5) allowed one run on seven hits in 7 2 / 3 innings, striking out eight and walking one to win his sixth consecutive start.

By Greg Schimmel  |  07:00 AM ET, 08/17/2011

 
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