Morry Gash/APGiants outfielder Nori Aoki hits a single during San Francisco's 8-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday.

Morry Gash/APGiants outfielder Nori Aoki hits a single during San Francisco's 8-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday.

Giants designate NLCS hero Ishikawa, resume winning ways

MILWAUKEE — One day, the Giants are acknowledging an offseason mistake and dumping third baseman Casey McGehee. The next, they're saying goodbye to Travis Ishikawa, designated for assignment Monday only months after his walk-off home run that will go down in franchise lore as a key blow in the 2014 World Series title run.

Without a place on the major-league roster for Ishikawa, who finally has recovered from a back strain dating back to spring training, the Giants are hoping he accepts a minor-league demotion so they might recall him in September. More likely, another major-league team will recognize his offensive value and acquire him.

After a late-night arrival, the Giants thought they'd quickly caught a bizarre break Monday against the Brewers — Khris Davis was called out for missing the plate on his home run trot. Davis wound up with his homer after Milwaukee challenged the ruling. Hunter Pence and the Giants got the win, though, rallying past the Brewers 8-4.

In the first inning, Davis pointed in the crowd in celebration and skipped across the plate. It appeared to both umpire Will Little and Giants catcher Andrew Susac that the back of Davis' right foot failed to touch down on the dish.

Before Ryan Braun stepped in, the Giants appealed. Pitcher Tim Lincecum lobbed the ball to Susac, who stepped on the plate. Davis was declared out.

“I knew he didn't,” said Susac, who stood next to Little for a close-up view as Davis came by. “The thing was, I asked the umpire, you know I know he's not going to tell me whether he knows or not, but I said as soon as he did it, 'It looked like he missed it.'”

Giants manager Bruce Bochy came out of the dugout before the out call. Brewers manager Craig Counsell then walked onto the field to contest the decision.

After a replay review that took several minutes, the home run counted. Davis stomped firmly in the middle of the plate after hitting another solo home run in the third.

Davis was in no mood to talk about the odd sequence. He repeated several different variations of the same phrase to deflect attention away from the play.

“It's not about me, it's about the team,” he said.

Pence's two-run double capped a seven-run rally in the sixth. Center fielder Carlos Gomez made two errors in the inning.

The Giants trailed 4-1 before eight straight batters reached in one stretch. After Angel Pagan struck out for the second time in the inning, Pence's double off the left field wall made it 8-4.

Nori Aoki homered for San Francisco and reached base in all five plate appearances. Milwaukee lost its third in a row.

Lincecum (5-2) wasn't as effective as his previous three starts, giving up Davis' two homers and a tape-measure shot to Braun, but earned a win thanks to San Francisco's big sixth.

“The game started off good but then got away from us,” Braun said. “It's a huge momentum shifter. It seems like we've been on the wrong side of too many of those innings as of late.”

Lincecum went five innings, giving up four runs on five hits and three walks.

Kyle Lohse (3-5) took the loss.

Braun hit a 474-foot homer in the fifth. The two-run shot was the fourth longest in Miller Park history and cleared the left field bleachers. It gave Milwaukee a 4-1 lead, but the Brewers unraveled the following inning.

“We've had the rain delays in Colorado and the travel and lack of sleep,” Susac said. “It's a pretty gutsy effort from us right there.”

After the start of Sunday's loss to the Rockies was delayed by 2 hours and 10 minutes, the Giants didn't arrive in Milwaukee until 1 a.m. local time.

Susac started in place of Buster Posey. Bochy said it was for nothing more than a day game following a night game. After the start of Sunday's loss to the Rockies was delayed by 2 hours and 10 minutes, the Giants didn't arrive in Milwaukee until 1 a.m. local time. — AP

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