Opening a pivotal six-game road trip in two offense-friendly parks, the San Francisco Giants got big contributions from a pair of rookies as they scratched out a 2-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday.
Starter Andrew Suarez allowed just one run over six innings, and a pair of doubles by outfielder Austin Slater provided all the offense San Francisco (43-40) would need to win the series opener.
Though Suarez did allow seven hits and a pair of walks, he was able to limit the damage by getting the first two outs before any trouble arose.
In the second, Chris Owings and Jake Lamb reached on back-to-back infield hits, but Suarez got Jeff Mathis to ground into an inning-ending force out. In the third, Arizona (47-35) loaded the bases with two outs, starting with a Nick Ahmed single and Paul Goldschmidt walk. A David Peralta infield hit would load the bases, but Ketel Marte grounded out to end the threat. A two-out infield hit by Goldschmidt would put men on first and second in the fifth, but Peralta grounded out once again to end the inning.
The Diamondbacks finally did tie things up at 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth as Marte doubled and, after replay overturned the initial call, Owings reached on an infield hit to put men on the corners. Lamb would tie the game with a sac fly, but the hosts would get no more.
With Arizona starter Patrick Corbin having thrown 97 pitches, he was pinch-hit for in the bottom of the sixth, and the Giants would strike against the first man out of the bullpen, lefty Andrew Chafin. He would walk Brandon Crawford to start the frame, before allowing a Slater double to put the visitors back on top.
Slater’s other RBI double came with one out in the second inning, scoring Buster Posey. Slater also singled in the ninth, accounting for three of his team’s six hits. Corbin allowed four hits and a walk over six innings, striking out five.
A day after Sam Dyson allowed a go-ahead homer in the ninth inning, the Giants bullpen would take care of business. Reyes Moronta, Tony Watson and Will Smith each pitched scoreless innings, with Smith striking out John Ryan Murphy to end the game. Smith recorded his second career save, his first since he was a member of the Milwaukee Brewers in 2014.