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Giants beat Cards 8-2, extend wild-card gap over St. Louis

Oh, Buster Posey knew all about how long he had gone without a home run.

"Yeah, I've had a few reminders over the last week or two," Posey said with a chuckle.

All that talk about the star catcher's second-half power drought was answered with one mighty swing in a September game that mattered, and his two-run shot 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...

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