The San Francisco Giants Donavon Solano hits for a two run single in the third inning of Saturday night’s game at Oracle Park in San Francisco (AP photo)
By Jeremy Kahn
SAN FRANCISCO-After scoring just 10 runs in their opening series versus the Los Angeles Dodgers, it seems that the San Francisco Giants have found their scoring shoes since coming home to Oracle Park.
Donovan Solano hit a two-run single in the bottom of the third inning that scored Mike Yastrzemski and Alex Dickerson, helping the Giants to a 7-3 victory over the Texas Rangers at Oracle Park. In the five games since returning from Los Angeles, the Giants have scored 33 runs in the five home games.
Both Yastrzemski and Dickerson both walked off of Rangers starter Jordan Lyles, then Lyles uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Yastrzemski and Dickerson to move up an additional 90 feet. Solano took advantage of the runners in scoring position and singled to center that allowed both runners to score.
Todd Frazier put the Rangers on the board in the top of the first inning, as he singled to right field to give the Rangers an early 2-0 lead.
It looked like the Giants were going to get of the inning when they caught Joey Gallo and Elvis Andrus in two different pickles; however, Solano threw to Longoria at third, trying to get Andrus and he was able to get back into third base. On the play, there was a moment, where it showed the lighter side of sports, when Longoria collided with third base umpire Jim Wolf, neither Wolf nor Longoria were injured on the play.
Frazier then took a Drew Smyly pitch and put it into right field to give the Rangers a 2-0 lead before the Giants could come to the plate.
Longoria put an end to the shutout bid for Lyles, as he doubled off of the right-hander to score Yastrzemski and Brandon Belt.
Yastrzemski extended the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning, as he was able to fight a 0-2 hole and come all the way to draw a walk that scored Longoria from third base.
The Giants tacked on another run in the bottom of the eighth inning, as Solano continues to stay hot in the early going, as he lashed an opposite field single to score Brandon Crawford from third base. Crawford led off the inning by getting hit by a pitch against Rangers reliever Jimmy Herget.
Belt then extended the lead and the inning, as he walked to score Tyler Heineman from third base.
Smyly was forced to leave the game after just four innings, as he felt discomfort in his left index finger. This was the ninth consecutive game that the Giants starting pitcher failed to go at least five innings in a start, extending their own major league record.
Once again, the Giants bullpen continues to put up great numbers, as Shawn Anderson, Caleb Baragar, Rico Garcia, Tyler Rogers, Trevor Gott and Sam Selman combined to the final five innings, allowing just one run on four hits, walking two and striking out three. Baragar picked up his second win of the season.
Scott Heineman hit an opposite field home run onto the arcade in the top of the ninth inning for the Rangers first run since taking a 2-0 lead in the top of the ninth inning.
Heineman is the brother of Giants catcher Tyler Heineman, and this was the first time that the two played against each other in the major leagues. The two exchanged lineup cards with the umpires prior to the game, and took a picture together along with the umpires and following the game, the two exchanged jerseys.
NOTES: Rob Brantly cleared waivers and was outrighted to the alternate training site.
With the victory over the Rangers, the Giants have now won 19 out of 24 matchups over the Rangers at Oracle Park, tying the Oakland As, who are also 19-5 versus the Los Angeles Dodgers, the best home record versus any home opponent in major league history, this includes both regular and postseason games with a minimum of 20 games, this is according to STATS, LLC.
Giants vs. Rangers 19-5 .792
As vs. Dodgers 19-5 .792
Astros vs. Orioles 20-6 .769
Red Sox vs. Marlins 16-6 .727
Astros vs. Blue jays 19-8 .704
UP NEXT: Kolby Allard takes the mound in the finale for the Rangers, while the Giants have yet to announce their starter.
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