SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The way Buster Posey was swinging, manager Bruce Bochy figures he had at least one more hit in him.
Instead, they called it a night after Posey went 5 for 5 and drove in three runs in just six innings, leading the San Francisco Giants to a 13-2 rout of the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night for their fourth straight win.
"It would have been nice for him to go 6 for 6, but the rest was more important," Bochy said.
Posey tripled in a pair of runs on the way to his second career five-hit game. The star catcher is batting .500 (20 for 40) with five home runs and 13 RBIs in his past nine games.
Gregor Blanco hit a two-run homer to back Ryan Vogelsong's first victory in four starts. The Giants scored a season high in runs and have their longest winning streak since five straight victories in early June.
San Francisco took a half-game lead on St. Louis in the wild-card race.
"We've got a short way to go but a long way to go," Vogelsong said.
Hunter Pence hit a trio of run-scoring singles, Joe Panik had four hits and Angel Pagan wound up a home run shy of the cycle.
The Giants' 19 hits were their second most in the 15-year history of AT&T Park behind 20 on Aug. 14, 2001, against the Marlins.
Vogelsong (8-9) snapped an 0-5 skid at home, where he had received zero runs of support in each of his previous five outings at AT&T Park. He gave up two runs and four hits in seven innings.
Vogelsong's run support was his most ever, and he ended a three-start winless stretch with just his third victory since June 21. The Giants had lost his last seven home games.
"I'll take 13 all the time," the pitcher said.
He worked on his curveball in the later innings and felt his off-speed stuff improved as he went along. The right-hander struck out the side in the seventh and his night was done.
Wily Peralta (15-9) was chased after a season-low three innings and lost for the third time in four starts. He surrendered six runs on nine hits, struck out one and walked two.
"Everything was off. I fell behind everybody," Peralta said. "I just have to forget it."