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Leesburg’s Posey continues tear since All-Star break, leads first-place Giants to another victory

Buster Posey is greeted in the dugout after hitting his ninth HR since the All-Star break Saturday during a 9-3 rout of the Colorado Rockies.

Buster Posey is greeted in the dugout after hitting his ninth HR since the All-Star break Saturday during a 9-3 rout of the Colorado Rockies.

SAN FRANCISCO — Buster Posey and the San Francisco Giants’ offense broke out at home Saturday, and Matt Cain settled in and pitched like the ace of the staff.

It all added up to a one-sided win over the Colorado Rockies — and a one-game lead in the NL West over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Posey hit a two-run homer, and Cain tossed seven solid innings in the Giants’ 9-3 victory against the Rockies on Saturday.

“We know what our offense is capable of doing,” said Posey, who is the hottest player in the majors since the All-Star break, leading in nearly every statistical category that matters. “We were coming off a good road trip, and it was nice to see us do the same at home.”

After Saturday, the Leesburg native and former Florida State star is now hitting a major-league leading .453 with nine HRs, 30 RBI and is slugging .774 since the All-Star break.

That’s right, 32 RBI in just 26 games.

Posey’s 19th home run of the season — a two-run shot in the third that landed in the first row of the left field bleachers — gave the Giants a 4-0 lead. Posey’s ninth HR since the break tied him with San Diego’s Chase Headley for the second-most in the NL.

“I’m comfortable hitting here and see the ball well,” Posey said. “The park is big, but all the gaps are big, too.”

Giants manager Bruce Bochy called Posey “one of the elite players in the game” earlier this week when asked about the 2010 NL Rookie of the Year’s latest tear.

“He’s in a real nice groove right now,” Bochy told ESPN.com.

Posey’s numbers are even more remarkable considering it’s his first season back from a career-threatening leg and ankle injury he suffered last May when he was bowled over during a collision at home plate, breaking his fibula and tearing three tendons in his ankle.

So what’s his secret to coming back so strong?

“I wanted to be back with the guys and be able to compete again,” Posey told ESPN about his determination to push through the offseason rehab and get healthy. “The injury last year put the game in perspective for me. I realized how quick you can be gone (from baseball). I just wanted to get back.”