Big first inning sparks Giants to 10-4 win over Snakes

San Francisco Giants Evan Longoria (10) gets a warm welcome from teammate Mike Yastrzemski after slugging an two run homer in the second inning at Oracle Park in San Francisco against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Fri Sep 30, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum

Friday, September 30, 2022

San Francisco batted around in the first inning and didn’t let up in the Giants’ 10-4 win over the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks Friday at Oracle Park.

The fifth straight win for the Giants kept their slim playoff hopes alive for at least one more day. A win by either Milwaukee or Philadelphia in the next two days will eliminate San Francisco from contention for a National League Wild Card berth.

The Giants hit four home runs in the contest, along with a Little League homer by Joc Pederson in the second inning. Evan Longoria hit a three-run home run in the first inning and added a two-run shot in the second. It was Longoria’s 21st multi-home run game of his career.

Christian Walker’s RBI single in the top of the first put the Diamondbacks up 1-0, but the Giants sent nine batters to the plate in the bottom of the first, scoring four runs. The rally started when Pederson led off with a walk and scored on Mike Yastrzemski’s double to right.

In the Giants’ second, Pederson hit a high fly ball to right, where it caromed off the wall and rolled toward centerfield. Arizona second baseman Josh Rojas chased the ball down, but his throw eluded shortstop Geraldo Perdomo and Pederson kept running and scored on what was ruled a triple and an error.

Arizona cut the Giants lead to 7-3 in the top of the fourth on a run-scoring single by Emmanuel Rivera and Perdomo’s sacrifice fly to left. Yastrzemski hit a two-out home run to right in the bottom of the fourth, extending San Francisco’s lead to 8-3.

Rojas’ two-out RBI single in the fifth pulled the Diamondbacks to within 8-4. San Francisco scored two more runs in the sixth on a solo home run by Austin Wynns and a sacrifice fly by Wilmer Flores.

Yastrzemski, Longoria, Pederson and Wynns each had two hits in the Giants’ 12-hit attack.

Giants starter Alex Cobb (7-7) struck out five and issued one walk in five innings. He also lowered his ERA to 3.79.

Longtime Giants nemesis Merrill Kelly (13-8) took the loss.

The Giants and D-Backs meet Saturday afternoon. Probable starters were yet to be announced.

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