San Francisco, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Hunter Pence sparked a four-run, fifth-inning comeback with a two-run single while Buster Posey snapped out of a hitting slump with a long ball as the San Francisco Giants defeated the Cleveland Indians, 5-3, Saturday at AT&T Park.
The Giants (14-10) have won the first two games of this series after posting the Majors’ third-worst Interleague record (13-22) in the previous two seasons.
Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum allowed three runs (two earned) on nine hits with two walks and three strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings before his teammates’ fifth-inning uprising rescued him from a possible defeat.
Juan Gutierrez (1-1) got the win after getting the final out in the fifth while Sergio Romo pitched a perfect ninth for his sixth save of the season.
Zach McAllister (3-1) was saddled with his first loss of the season after being charged with four runs on five hits with one walk and six strikeouts in five innings as the Indians slipped to 11-13.
Cleveland struck first in the opening inning, when Michael Bourn doubled to right-center field off Lincecum, moved to third on a flyout off the bat of Nick Swisher and crossed the plate on a base hit from second baseman Jason Kipnis.
Swisher came through with a double to lead off the third, advanced to third on a passed ball and then scored on a groundout from Kipnis.
In the fifth, Swisher pulled a pitch to deep right field, where San Francisco’s Hunter Pence was unable to snare the ball with a leaping grab. The baseball caromed off the wall, allowing Bourn to score and push Cleveland to a 3-0 advantage.
Lincecum was gone after 98 pitches in 4 2/3 innings, while McAllister stood at only 42 pitches through his first four innings.
However, things turned for the worse for McAllister in the bottom part of the fifth as Gregor Blanco hit an RBI single with the bases loaded to cut the deficit to 3-1.
Angel Pagan followed with a sacrifice fly to center field to account for San Francisco’s second run. Blanco then stole second base, setting up a game-changing at-bat by Pence.
Pence drove a pitch to the right side of the infield, where Kipnis ran to track down the grounder. The second baseman leaned down, but the ball eluded his glove and the Giants plated two more runs to grab a 4-3 lead.