Johnny Cueto improved to 3-0 in his last 5 starts dating back to his days as a Red and member of the Royals. He went 5 2/3 innings tonight and allowed 2 runs off 4 hits with 8 strikeouts and walked 1 batter. Austin Slater walked and Evan Longoria reached on a 2 out fielding error by David Fletcher to bring up Wilmer Flores in the bottom of the 3rd inning. Flores launched his 5th home run of the year just inside the left-field foul pole to give the Giants a 3-0 lead. Brandon Crawford ripped his 4th double of the year to center field as ChadwickTromp flew out but Austin Slater came up. Slater picked up Tromp with a 2-run home run and his 4th dinger of the season to push the Giants lead to 5-0. The club has 18 two-strike homers this year, the third-most behind the Dodgers and Angels. Donovan Solano knocked a 1 out single to get on base for Mike Yastrzemski in the bottom of the 7th. Yastrzemski doubled him to 3rd base as Evan Longoria hit a sacrifice fly to give the Giants a late insurance run making it a 6-2 game. Wimer Flores hit an RBI single just past the glove of second baseman Tommy La Stella to score Yastrzemski. The Giants had 4 players finish with 2 of their 10 hits on the night and have now scored at least 5 runs in 8 of their 10 home games. They entered today with 6 runs per game at home, which was the 4th highest in the MLB.
Tommy La Stella didn't hurt the Giants in tonight's series opener in San Francisco. He instead doubled with 1 out in the top of the 6th and then scored on an Anthony Rendon to break up the shutout and make a dent in the Giants 6-1 lead. Shohei Ohtani walked and then Albert Pujols singled to left field to score Rendon but that was the only offense the Angels had. The club finished with 6 hits, 2 each from David Fletcher and Rendon as 3 of the team's hits were doubles. They were 2-5 with 7 runners left in scoring position including the bases loaded in the top of the 6th but Justin Upton struck out swinging. Starter Patrick Sandoval went only 4 innings and allowed 5 runs off 6 hits with 2 walks and struck out 1 batter.