Giants build big early lead in rout of Phillies
SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco Giants left-hander Matt Moore claimed he experienced some bad luck Friday night.
It was the kind of good fortune most pitchers would take any night.
Moore lost a potential shutout in the eighth inning on a near double play and a bloop hit, but had done plenty enough before that to assure the Giants a 10-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.
Hunter Pence and Brandon Crawford hit early home runs, and Jarrett Parker highlighted a three-run first inning with a two-RBI double, sending the Giants to their second straight win over the Phillies in the four-game series.
“We just want to play better ball,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said after his team improved to 16-18 since the All-Star break. “We owe it to the ownership and to the fans.”
Freddy Galvis had a two-run single for the Phillies, who lost their sixth in a row.
“We got four hits,” Philadelphia manager Pete Mackanin noted. “The bats just ain’t there right now.”
Staked to a 6-0 lead by the end of the third, Moore coasted through seven innings, allowing only one hit.
He gave up a leadoff single to Jorge Alfaro and a one-out walk to pinch-hitter Pedro Florimon in the eighth before turning the ball over to the Giants bullpen.
“I thought I did,” Moore responded when asked if he felt he had enough to finish what would have been a second career shutout. “It was one of those nights when I felt I could do it myself.”
Moore was denied a 13th career combined shutout when right-hander Cory Gearrin surrendered consecutive hits, the second of which was Galvis’ bases-loaded single that closed the gap to 6-2.
That was the unlucky part, Moore insisted. The first hit off Gearrin -- a hard grounder by Cesar Hernandez -- barely missed going right at Giants second baseman Kelby Tomlinson for a sure inning-ending, shutout-saving double play.
Galvis’ hit was a bloop that Giants left fielder Parker came within inches of catching with a dive near the left field line.
“He (Gearrin) was a bit unlucky,” observed Moore, assuring there were no hard feelings. “The outfield and infield had been running all over the place all night. A couple of balls were bound to fall in.”
Left-hander Josh Osich and righty Hunter Strickland got out of the inning without further damage.
Right-hander Kyle Crick pitched the ninth after San Francisco had tacked on four runs in the bottom of the eighth to increase their advantage to 10-2.
In winning for the first time since June 20, Moore (4-12) was charged with two runs on two hits. He walked four and struck out four.
“He got into a good rhythm tonight,” Bochy said of Moore, whose home win was his first since May 13 against the Cincinnati Reds. “It looked like he was playing catch with (catcher) Buster (Posey).”
Pence, whose homer was his 11th of the season, and Crawford (his 10th) had two hits apiece for the Giants, who improved to 9-1 in their last 10 games against the Phillies.
Denard Span had three hits and Pablo Sandoval two in the Giants’ 12-hit attack.
Alfaro had two hits for the Phillies, who fell to 0-5 on their seven-game Western trip.
Right-hander Zach Eflin (1-5), Philadelphia’s starter, took the loss, after which he cited tightness in his pitching shoulder.
“They were hitting me pretty hard,” he observed. “I made a lot of good pitches and a lot of bad pitches. It had nothing to do with (the shoulder issue).”
It took the Giants just eight pitches to grab a 2-0 lead, with Parker’s two-run double following a single by Span and double by Pence.
Sandoval made it 3-0 one out later with a single.
Pence’s homer increased the lead to 4-0 in the third, and Crawford’s two-run shot put the Giants on top 6-0 in the third.
Eflin was pulled after five innings, having allowed six runs and seven hits. He walked two and struck out two.
“He really just didn’t pitch well,” Mackanin admitted. “We’ve seen him much better.”
NOTES: Giants RHP Matt Moore’s only career shutout came July 22, 2013 on a two-hitter for the Tampa Bay Rays against the Boston Red Sox. ... Giants C Buster Posey’s fifth-inning double gave him a 20-game hitting streak against the Phillies that dates back to the 2014 season. ... The Phillies placed CF Odubel Herrera (strained left hamstring) on the 10-day disabled list before the game, retroactive to Tuesday. They made no corresponding roster addition, and played the game with just 24 available players. ... Giants RHP Johnny Cueto (blisters) threw a 50-pitch bullpen session before the game. Unless the blister issue resurfaces in the next two days, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Cueto likely would be sent to the minors to make an injury rehab start on Monday. ... Upon further review: The Giants’ win Thursday night was the 11,000th in franchise history. The Giants, formerly of New York, are the first Major League Baseball franchise to reach the milestone.