Giants and Nats to make up rain out as doubleheader Saturday

Heavy rains in Washington DC postponed Thursday’s opening game of the San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals series at Nationals Park on Thu Jun 10, 2021 (photo courtesy of KGO ABC 7 Sports San Francisco)

By Jessica Kwong

The series opener between the San Francisco Giants and the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on Thursday night was postponed due to inclement weather, specifically heavy rain.

“It will be made up as part of a split doubleheader this Saturday, June 12th,” the Giants and Nationals said in tweeted statements.

The first game that day is scheduled to begin at 11:05 a.m. and the second game is slated to follow at 4:15 p.m. Both will be seven-inning regulation games. Weather in Washington, DC, on Thursday was forecast as unpredictable, but wound up in a downpour.

Giants right-handed pitcher Anthony DeSclafani (5-2, 3.51 ERA), who was set to start on Thursday, will now start on Friday. Right-handed pitcher Kevin Gausman will start on one of the two games on Saturday. The pitcher for the other game in the doubleheader has not been announced. Right-hander Johnny Cueto was originally planned for Saturday, but it is unclear if he will still take the mound with the changes.

Nationals right-handed pitcher Max Scherzer (5-4, 2.22 ERA), who was ready to start on Thursday, will also open on Friday. Right-hander Joe Ross was already scheduled to start for Washington on Saturday and will pitch one of the games. The other pitcher for the Nationals that day has not been announced.

Fans who had tickets for Thursday’s game will be able to use them for the early game on Saturday. Those who are unable to attend are offered the chance to get a refund or trade for a later date at the box office.

San Francisco is 1-1 in one doubleheader this season. The four-game series is scheduled to wrap up on Sunday with first pitch at 10:05 a.m. The Giants will then head home to Oracle Park to host the Arizona Diamondbacks for a four-game series.

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary: Will Warriors deal Wiseman to bring in more talent?

Golden State Warriors center James Wiseman seen here taking a shot against the Phoenix Suns DeAndre Ayton on Thu Mar 4, 2021 in Phoenix. Wiseman has been in recent discussions about whether the Warriors will keep him on the team or not (AP News file photo)

Amaury Pi-González

Just because the Golden State Warriors were eliminated prematurely by the Memphis Grizzles doesn’t mean they have to overhaul the team. They still have Stephen Curry who at 33 still one of the best players in the world. But they could use another efficient point guard to help the team during those minutes that Curry is not on the court.

Curry is a Hall of Fame player, but even Oscar winners need a supporting cast to make a movie worth the time and effort and hopefully a return on investment. James Wiseman is a young center still learning and with the potential of really helping this team that does need more help on rebounds.

Wiseman at 7′ 1″ could be trade-bait. I like Wiseman and believe he is going to be one of the top centers in the NBA in a couple of years. The Warriors said they are not going to trade him and they expect him to play with them next season, however, I am not too sure of that.

Especially because of his youth and enormous potential James Wiseman is a player that many teams are attracted to and could bring high returns to the Warriors.

When it comes to rebounds, the Warriors are not one of the best teams in the league. The Warriors could be one-trade-away from returning as an elite team in the NBA. Will they pull the trigger? A big question today is: What is the trade value of Wiseman?

There is not much clarity on this, the Warriors organization will have to make that decision, to “trade or not to trade”. One thing for sure is that shooting guard Klay Thompson should come back next season and hopefully most of the troops (like power-forward Draymond Green, who finished third for the NBA defensive player of the year) will be healthy and ready to contend again for another NBA title. This could be a key off-season for the Golden State Warriors.

The Golden State Warriors were one of the few teams in the NBA to first broadcast in Spanish during the 1990’s together with the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks.

Amaury Pi-González was the first and only Spanish play by play broadcaster to date, for the Warriors, over KIQI 1010AM La Grande 1010 in San Francisco.

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Mary Lisa: Isles head to third round in blow out of Bruins 6-2 in Long Island

New York Islanders’ Kyle Palmieri (21) finds the back end of the net on Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (40) one of six goals scored by New York in their fourth and clinching win in game 6 at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale NY on Wed Jun 9, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Mary Lisa:

#1 The New York Islanders (8-4) are heading to the third round after the playoffs after their second round defeat over the Boston Bruins (6-5) on Wednesday night crushing the Bruins 6-2.

#2 The Isles scored three goals in the second period and two in the third and the Bruins who were noted as one of the more prolific NHL offensive teams just couldn’t answer back at the Nassau Coliseum.

#3 The Bruins got only two goals one in the first period and one in the third period both from Brad Marchand but Marchand couldn’t provide anymore and got no help as the Islanders provided defense to keep the Bruins out of the net.

#4 Mary Lisa you look up and down the Bruins line up with Marchand, David Pastrnak, Patrice Bergeron, Craig Smith, Nick Ritchie, just to name a few with shooters like this how shocked do they have to be about getting beat in the elimination game by four goals?

#5 Islanders now face off against the very tough Tampa Bay Lightning who are coming off a 4-1 series win over the Carolina Panthers how do you see this Eastern Conference match up coming up in the third round.

Join Mary Lisa Thursdays for the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Oakland A’s podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: A’s hold 1.5 game lead in AL West; Open 4 game series tonight vs. Royals

Oakland A’s Mark Canha (left) races past Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Carson Kelly (right) to score on a sac fly hit by Matt Olson in the seventh inning at the Ring Central Coliseum on Wed Jun 9, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the A’s podcast with Jerry F:

#1 Oakland A’s (37-26) starter Sean Manaea had everything working for him through six innings of work on Wednesday afternoon at the Oakland Coliseum surrendering just two hits as the A’s got a two hit shutout against the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks (20-43).

#2 The A’s got a three run rally against Diamondbacks in the bottom of the second inning with two outs and two on the A’s Mark Canha hit a bullet that the Diamondbacks centerfielder Ketel Marte made a back hand catch against the wall but the ball bounced out and allowed the two runs to score. That’s how bad things have been for the Diamondbacks this season.

#3 The A’s bullpen delivered with relief appearances from Yusmeiro Petit, Lou Trivino, and Jake Diekman who all combined for three innings of mop up work throwing no hit relief ball.

#4 Jed Lowrie and Mark Canha provided the most offense of the day with Canha two hits and two runs scored and Lowrie with three hits and an RBI.

#5 The Kansas City Royals (29-30) open a four game series with the A’s tonight Mike Minor (4-3 ERA 4.84) starts for the Royals and Frankie Montas (6-5 ERA 4.52) goes for the A’s at the Coliseum tonight.

Join Jerry for the A’s podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com each Thursday

11th inning single puts the Holt in Rangers 4-3 win over Giants

The Texas Rangers Brock Holt gets congratulations from teammate Isiah Kiner-Falefa for getting the 11th inning walk off single against the San Francisco Giants at the Ball Park in Arlington on Wed Jun 9, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jessica Kwong

The San Francisco Giants lost 4-3 in extra innings to the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field on Wednesday afternoon, missing the chance to walk away with another series victory.

San Francisco had a one-run lead in the ninth inning but blew the chance to win when a grounder got infield. After a stolen base and bad hit, the Rangers tied the game.

The Giants made a run first in the 10th inning, but the Rangers also scored. In the 11th inning, Texas did not allow San Francisco to score and then Brock Holt got a two-out RBI single to give the Rangers the 4-3 win. The loss for the Giants was particularly surprising because they have the best record in the MLB at 38-22, while the Rangers at 23-39 are in last place in the AL West.

San Francisco used Zack Littell as the starting pitcher – his first opener since 2018 – before putting lefty Sammy Long in. Long struck out seven in four innings in his major league debut for San Francisco.

He allowed a run on one hit, a double by Eli White, in the sixth inning, and walked one. Long threw 47 of 69 pitches for strikes. Long, who stopped playing baseball after the Tampa Bay Rays released him three years ago, said he felt great on the mound.

‘That was above and beyond right there on,’ Long said. ‘Just felt like I was in my element.’

Giants manager Gabe Kapler said he didn’t think they could have drawn it up any better for Long.

‘I thought he was poised, obviously used all of his weapons, able to execute all of them for strikes,’ Kapler said. ‘The line is incredibly impressive for the first time out at the major league level.’

The Giants beat the Rangers on Tuesday, 9-4. They still hold the best record in the NL. The Giants start a four-game series against the Washington Nationals on Thursday at Nationals Park. First pitch is at 4:05 p.m.

Manaea goes six with two hit shutout in A’s 4-0 win over Arizona

Oakland A’s starter Sean Manaea threw another dandy pitching into the sixth giving up only two hits against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Ring Central Coliseum on Wed Jun 9, 2021 (AP News photo)

Arizona 0 – 2 – 0

Oakland 4 – 6 – 1

By Lewis Rubman

Wednesday June 9, 2021

OAKLAND–Sean Manaea, the Oakland A’s (37-26) starting pitcher, took the mound this afternoon hoping to continue his current stretch of effective pitching. The southpaw was 1-0, 0.87 over his last three starts, during which opposing batters managed to hit a measily .200 against him.

This has been an up and down season for the A’s southpaw, in his four previous starts, those numbers were 0-1, 6.64, and .326 respectively. In his two most recent performances, he’s shown a tendency to get stronger as the game progresses. He threw 111 pitches in his last previous outing, a complete game shutout of Seattle on June 2. His performance today, while not as masterful as that one, was admirable.

He gave up a clean single to Tim Locastro with two down in the top of the second, and no Arizona Diamondback (20-43) batter touched him for a safety until Ketel Marte sent a weak dribbler between the mound and the third base foul line in the sixth.

Manaea walked Eduardo Escobar in the first and didn’t yield another free pass until the same top of the sixth in which he was the victim of Marte’s infield single. He got out of that inning, his last, unscathed. Once more, as he had a week ago, Manaeea threw 111 pitches. 76 of them were strikes.

His strike out total was three. He earned the win. A trio of relievers replaced him. The first was Yusmeiro Petit, followed by a 1-2-3 inning later by Lou Trivino. Jake Diekman came in to close it out in the ninth. Betweeen them, they preserved the two hitter and the shutout.

Manaea’s opposing number was rookie right hander Matt Peacock, whose record stood at 2-2, 4.68 He’d faced the A’s only once before today, pitching to — and striking out — one batter, Stephen Piscotty.

The Athletics caught a break in the top of the second when, with Matt Chapman and Elvis Andrus on base and two out, Ketel Marte caught Mark Canha’s fly against the left center field wall … and then dropped it. At least, that’s what the umpires, here and in New York, said had happened, although it seemed as though Marte had taken several steps after bouncing off the wall and before losing control of the ball.

The decision, however counterintuitive it may have seemed, was correct. Rule 509 (a)(1), says that, for a such a play to be considered a catch, the ball’s release must be “voluntary and intentional.” The next batter, Jed Lowrie, hit a hard liner back to the mound that caroomed off Peacock’s leg and bounced towards short for an RBI single that gave Oakland a 3-0 lead and sent Peacock to the showers.

His replacement was Joe Mantiply, who ended the frame by fanning Olson.Peacock had pitched 1-2/3 innings and thrown 48 pitches, 25 for strikes. He allowed three runs, all earned but none deserved, on three hits and three walks.

He chalked up one strike out and was charged with the loss. Mantiply gave way to Humberto Castillano at the start of the Oakland fourth. He held the A’s to one hit over the three innings he hurled before yielding to Stephan Crichton, who came in to face Oakland in their half of the seventh.

The A’s caught another break in their half of the seventh when a Diamondback couldn’t catch another would-be out. Canha’s inoffensive pop up to second fell untouched to the ground when Ildemaro Vargas lost it in the sun. Lowrie singled Canha to third, and Olson’s sacrifice fly to the center field warning track, plating Canha with Oakland’s fourth tally.

The uncaught popup went down in the books as a hit, the run, though like the three against Peacock, was, though unmerited, earned, and charged as such to Crichton. The ex-Athletic Joakim Soria pitched the eighth against his old team. He struck out all three batters he faced. The A’s will begin a four game series against Kansas City at 6:40 tomorrow evening. Frankie Montás (6-5, 4.52) will face off against Mike Minor (4-3, 4.84)

Before signing off on this report, I’d like to correct a mistake in the one I. wrote on last night’s A’s win over the Diamondbacks. Yesterday was not Pride Day in baseball; that will be this coming Friday, the eleventh. Last night, the Athletics celebrated Bob Melvin’s having surpassed Tony La Russa as the second most winning manager, behind Connie Mack, in franchise history.

My notes about this coming Friday’s event somehow found their way into the text of my Tuesday dispatch. To make amends, I’ll throw in this tidbit: In 1988, Billy Bean, Vice President and Special Assistant to the Commissioner of MLB, with emphasis on social responsibility and inclusion, Billy Beane, the A’s Executive Vice President, and Pete Rice played for the Toledo Mud Hens. They were known as “The Rice and Beans Outfield.”

San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor: Jimmie Ward hoping to get a “bunch” of turnovers this season; Is the QB job Lance’s to lose?

San Francisco 49ers Jimmie Ward said this week he wants to be the best safety in the NFL by getting a bunch of turnovers (file photo from the San Francisco Chronicle)

On the 49ers podcast with David:

#1 Jimmie Ward the 49ers free safety who re-signed with the team to a one year contract and is well know for his nickname “Hospital Ward” because of getting six broken bones including a post season game.

#2 Ward said this week that he didn’t get paid for his turnovers but hopes to get a bunch of turnovers and become one of the best free safeties in the league.

#3 Yahoo Sports has graded 49ers quarterback Trey Lance the publication says that there has not been a pick like Lance since Steve McNair coming out of Alcorn State. Lance has 318 passes during his time at North Dakota. Is the quarterback job his to lose?

David Zizmor does the 49ers podcasts each Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NHL Stanley Cup podcast with Len Shapiro: Canadiens await next opponent after sweeping Jets; Trotz calms down Isles to 3-2 series lead; plus more

Montreal Canadiens right winger Tyler Toffoli is congratulated by his teammates after scoring the clinching goal in the overtime stanza to defeat and sweep the Winnipeg Jets in four games at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Mon Jun 7, 2021 in game 4 (AP News photo)

On the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Len Shapiro:

#1 The Montreal Canadiens swept the Winnipeg Jets in four games on Monday night with a 3-2 win. Tyler Toffoli who scored at 1:39 in over time sent the Canadiens to the next round. The Habs have won seven straight games since being down 3-1 to Toronto.

#2 New York Islanders head coach Barry Trotz is a genius of sorts the Isles who had a three goal lead were starting to lose control but Trotz calling a time out and calmed everyone down and the Islanders skated out and played their game getting a one goal 5-4 win over the Boston Bruins taking a 3-2 lead.

#3 The Tampa Bay Lightning are headed to the next round of the playoffs after getting a 2-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night in Carolina taking the series 4-1. The key to the game 5 win comes from the help of Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy who stopped all 29 shots for the shutout.

#4 Offensively the Lightning got scoring help from Ross Colton and Brayden Point who scored a goal each and it was enough to win game 5 to advance. Len, talk about Colton and Brayden’s scoring on Tuesday night for the win.

#5 The Vegas Golden Knights Mark Stone got a crucial goal early in overtime on Tuesday night at the Pepsi Center in Denver against the Colorado Avalanche for a 3-2 win breaking a 2-2 deadlock. Both goaltenders Marc Andre Fleury for the Knights and Phillipp Brubauer for the Aves were playing standing on their heads in this nail biter.

Join Len for the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast each Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

A’s Bassitt holds Snakes to two runs in 7 innings in 5-2 win at Coliseum

Oakland A’s starter Chris Bassitt throws to the Arizona Diamondbacks line up on the sixth inning at the Oakland Coliseum on Tue Jun 8, 2021 (AP News photo)

Arizona 2 – 5 – 0

Oakland 5 – 6 – 0

By Lewis Rubman

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

OAKLAND–The Oakland A’s (36-26) returned home tonight after a successful trip to Seattle and Denver, winning twice in each of their three game series against the Mariners and the Rockies. That’s the same won-lost percentage as the green and gold’s season long 18-9, the equivalent of a season record of 108-54, which would be pretty hard to beat.

But not by road wins alone liveth the team. Before tonight’s fray, had compiled a record of only 17-17 on the banks of the Nimitz. The A’s took the first of the two game series Tuesday night with a 5-2 victory behind the fine pitching of A’s starter Chris Bassitt.

Home cooking definitely is not the reason the Athletics still were at the head of the pack in the AL West at game time, having gone 35-26, one game and only .0015 percentage points ahead of Houston. The Arizona Diamondbacks, on the other hand, came in at 20-42, the worst winning percentage in MLB, dragging a 17 road game losing streak behind them.

Today is LGBTQ+ Pride Day in all of the MLB. The A’s chose to make this more than a pro forma event by naming their version of the event the Glenn Burke Pride Night after the Oakland native and outfielder with the Dodgers and Athletics, whose promising career, —and eventually, his life—was destroyed, in great part by rampant homophobia, but not before he had teamed up with Dusty Baker for the first recorded high five in baseball history, on October 2, 1977.

One of the reasons that the belated honor bestowed on Burke tonight is that he is remembered more for his tragic endgame and a bit of trivia than for the talented player and courageous person that he, by all accounts, was.

Jon Duplantier, the D-back’s starting pitcher tonight, is a man of many talents. He turned down a proffered athletic scholarship at Yale, which coveted him as a quarterback, to accept one at Rice, where he played, what else?, baseball.

The Diamondbacks selected him in the third round of the 2016 draft. Duplantier went 1-1, 4.42 in 2019, spent all of last season at Arizona’s alternate site, and 0-1, 9.35 in his two previous starts for the Rattlers this year. One of them lasted 4-2/3 innings; the other, four.

He also had two starts for Reno, where he went 1-0, 7.71. He has a highly regarded curve ball, and major league batters are 0 for 7 against his slider this year. It goes without saying that he also throws a variety of fast balls.

Chris Bassitt (5-2, 3.53) pitched in one of the games on the A’s successful swing through the Rockies and Pacific Northwest, throwing four innings of mediocre ball in Oakland’s 12-6 rout of the Mariners on June 1.

In spite of that, he had a five game winning (or at least not losing) streak going when he toed the rubber, with a record of 5-0, 3.16 in his last ten starts, holding opponents to a BA of .204. Before that, he had gone 0-2, 5.56, and opposing batters had hit a hefty .289 against him. Like Duplantier, he’s a right hander.

A couple of Oakland fan favorites took the field for the Diamondbacks. Josh Reddick played right and batted in the seventh position. Following him in the line up was I Believe In Stephen Vogt behind the plate. With Ramón Laureano still on the injured list, even though he’s eligible to return from it, Mark Canha started in center for the Athletics.

Christian Walker got the scoring started for Arizona in the top of the second, leading off with a first pitch, line drive home run over the Ring Central sign in left on a hung slider. It looked like trouble ahead for Bassitt when he surrendered a single to Pavin Smith and a walk to David Peralta.

But the A’s righty got Reddick and Vogt to fly out and, in spite of a wild pitch to Ildemaro Vargas that advanced the runners to second and third, closed out the inning by inducing Arizona’s number nine hitter to pop out to Andrus in short left field.

Duplantier held the A’s hitless for three innings. Then Jed Lowrie beat the shift with a single to left, followed by a walk to Matt Olson. Mitch Moreland’s single to left loadd the bases and probably would have scored Lowrie if it hadn’t have been a no out situation.

Lowrie scored any way when Sean Murphy drew a five pitch walk. Duplantier took a longer walk, to the club house, leaving with the score tied at one, the bases loaded, and nobody out. Alex Young took over on the mound with Seth Brown at the plate. Chad Pinder pinch hit for him. Pinder singled to left, and everyone moved up a base as the A’s went ahead, 2-1. Chapman did the same, and so did the baserunners.

Tony Kemp went down swinging for the frame’s first out, but Alvis Andrus walked, leaving the bases loaded and the A’s head 4-1. That closed the book on Dupanier, whose line was four runs, all earned, in three innings on two hits and three walks. He struck out four and threw 65 pitches, 38 of which counted as strikes. His already high ERA zoomed to 10.03, and he eventually was charged with the loss.

There was more to come. Andrus walked, refilling the bases. Canha beat out a double play relay from second on his grounder to third, bringing in Pinder. The inning came to a merciful close when Olson went down swinging. Young pitched a scoreless fifth and sixth, so his traditional stats came out smelling like roses with only one run charged against him.

But he had allowed four inherited runners to score, so it wouldn’t be right to consider his performance an effective one. Ryan Buchter relieved him to open the bottom of the seventh and set the A’s down in order.

The Diamondbacks cut the Athletics’ lead to 5-2 in top of the seventh on Christian Walker’s single to right, their first since the second inning, another single, this one to center, by David Peralta, which sent Walker to third, and Josh Reddick’s sac fly to right.

Yusmeiro Petit took over mound duties for the home nine in the eighth and set the D-backs down in order. Bassitt left with a fine pitching line of two runs, both earned, on four hits, one of which went yard, a walk and a wild pitch. He threw 88 pitches, 63 for strikes, lowered his ERA to 3.44, and earned the win.

Lou Trivino came in to close the game in the ninth. Smith got a two out single on a dribbler to third that beat the shift. Trivino got save, his ninth in 11 opportunities. While the Athletics were busy taking a 5-1 lead in Oakland, the Astros got their 27th out in Boston to defeat the Red Sox, 7-1, making the action at the Coliseum a must win situation for the A’s if they were to retain their division lead for another day.

The A’s victory means that, in spite of Houston defeating Boston 7-1, Oakland still is on the top of the heap in the AL West.

At 12:37 tomorrow afternoon, if you’re reading this before midnight, the A’s will throw Sean Manaea (4-2, 3.36) against the D-backs’ Mark Peacock (2-2,4.68).

Tauchman hits a grand slam in Giants win 9-4

The San Francisco Giants Mike Tauchman (29) connects for an eighth inning grand slam home run off Texas Rangers pitcher Josh Sborz on Tue Jun 8, 2021 in Arlington (AP News photo)

By Jeremy Kahn

Mike Tauchman gave the allegiance of San Francisco Giants fans much to cheer about on one swing of the bat.

Tauchman lined his first grand slam of his career into the first row of the right field seats, helping the Giants to a come-from-behind 9-4 victory over the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field.

Lufkin, Texas native Brandon Belt got the eighth inning rally started, as he singled to lead off the inning, then Brandon Crawford walked and after Wilmer Flores struck out for the first out of the inning, Steven Duggar walked to load the bases. That was enough for Joely Rodriguez, as he was replaced by Josh Sborz, who got Donovan Solano to line out to Isian Kiner-Falefa for the second out of the inning.

On a 3-1 pitch to Tauchman, Sborz threw a four-seam fastball that ended up in the seats to give the Giants the lead for good and to get that monkey off their back, as they could not get a break with runners on base, as they were 1-for-9 prior to the Tauchman grand slam.

Jose Alvarez got the final two outs of the seventh inning to pick up his second win of the season. Alvarez came on with two on and one out, but was able to get out of the jam.

Alvarez then gave way to Jake McGee, who pitched a perfect eighth inning, as he got three ground balls to end the frame and then Dominic Leone got the final three outs of the game to secure to huge win to start this road trip.

Alex Wood ended up getting the no-decision, as he went 5.1 innings, allowing four runs on five hits, walking three and striking out two.

Brandon Crawford, who became the Giants all-time leader in games played by a shortstop broke the game wide open in the top of the ninth inning, as he his second home run of the game and 14th of the season, when he hit a three-run home run off of Rangers reliever Taylor Hearn.

Buster Posey singled with one out in the inning, then Belt picked up his third hit of the night and then Crawford hit a Hearn offering into the right-center field seats.

Crawford gave the Giants a short lived 2-1 lead in the top of the sixth inning, as he hit a solo home run off of Rangers starter Jordan Lyles that landed near where his second home run landed in the top of the ninth inning.

It was a tough no-decision for Lyles, who went six innings, allowing two runs on six hits, walking three and striking out three.

The Giants took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning, as Duggar reached on a fielding error by Nate Lowe at first base that scored Belt.

Unfortunately, that lead did not last long at all, as Joey Gallo hit his 11th home run of the season to tie up the game.

Adolis Garcia tied up the game after Crawford hit his first home run of the game, as he doubled to left field that scored Kiner-Falefa. Nick Solak then gave the Rangers the lead, as he doubled to score Willie Calhoun and Garcia and things were looking good for the Rangers until that fateful eighth inning.

LaMonte Wade, Jr., went three-for-five, as he continues to lead off for the Giants, while Belt returned to the lineup also picked up three hits and walked; however, the biggest hit of the night was the Tauchman grand slam that gave the Giants the lead for good.

NOTES: Belt was activated prior to the game, as he missed the previous 11 games with a left oblique strain. To make room for Belt, Camilo Doval was optioned to Sacramento following the game on Sunday against the Chicago Cubs.

With the victory, the Giants have won 10 out of their last 13 games.

The Giants are now 20-13 on the road, good enough for the fourth-best road record in the major leagues.

By hitting three more home runs, the Giants have now hit 59 home runs on the road, and have multiple home runs in six straight road games, tying the third longest streak in team history.

Crawford passed Travis Jackson for the most games played by a Giants shortstop, and was acknowledged by the crowd, as he went on the field in the bottom of the first inning alone. Crawford doffed his cap to the crowd, and eventually his teammates came out on the field to greet him.

Alex Dickerson was forced to leave the game with back tightness after he struck out in his second at-bat.

UP NEXT: Sammy Long will make his major-league debut on Wednesday afternoon, as he takes the mound for the Giants. Long grew up in Sacramento, and first went to Rosemont High School before transferring to Del Campo High School and ended up being the Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year in 2014 and was a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American, as he went 8-2 with a 3.03 earned for Sacramento State.

The Rangers will send their ace Kyle Gibson to the mound, as he looks to improve to 5-0 on the season.