San Francisco Giants Sunday game wrap: Cueto dominant in win; Giants snap four game loss streak with 5-3 win over Pads

April 9, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

By Jeremy Kahn

Maybe the San Francisco Giants should send Johnny Cueto to the mound for every start, but that is not remotely possible.

Cueto went seven innings, allowing two runs and five hits with three walks, as the Giants salvaged the finale of the three-game series with a 5-3 victory over the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.

The win by Cueto snapped a modest two-game losing streak for him at Petco Park, as he was on the losing end of the 2016 All-Star Game and then five days later, he lost to the Padres.

With the victory, Cueto raises his record on the 2017 season to 2-0.

Cueto lost his shutout in the bottom of the seventh inning, as he allowed a two-run home run to Wil Myers. It was the second home run of the season for Myers.

As for the Giants, this was a huge win for the NL Wild Card winners, who lost five out of their first six games of the season.

Hunter Pence hit a two-run home run off of Clayton Richard in the top of the third inning, and then Buster Posey made it to back-to-back home runs. It was the first home run of the season for both Pence and Posey.

The Giants got on the board in the top of the second inning in a bizarre way. With runners on both first and second with just one out, Chris Marrero singled in Posey. The throw by right fielder Hunter Renfroe hit Myers’ glove and bounced into the Padres dugout, and on the play, Brandon Crawford on the throwing error by Renfroe.

Yangervis Solarte hit a solo home run off of Derek Law in the bottom of the eighth inning, as Solarte picked up three hits on the afternoon.

It was the first loss of the season for Richard, as he won his season debut in a shutout over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night.

NOTES: Matt Moore makes his second start of the season on Monday afternoon, as the Giants open their 18th season at AT&T Park. The Arizona Diamondbacks will send Taijuan Walker to the mound, as he looks for his second win in as many chances this season against the Giants.

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