After squandering another late lead, the San Francisco Giants managed to escape a jam in the 15th inning and score in the 16th to beat the Miami Marlins 6-3, avoiding an embarrassing four-game sweep.
Ty Blach — who turned in 6 2/3 innings of relief — seemed ready to crack in the bottom of the 15th, allowing back-to-back singles by Derek Dietrich and Brian Anderson. Then the lefty got Justin Bour to ground into an around-the-horn double play to set the stage for Pablo Sandoval.
San Francisco (34-35) — which hadn’t scored since the second — finally broke through against Marlins long reliever Elieser Hernandez. An Andrew McCutchen single, Brandon Crawford walk and Alen Hanson single would load the bases for Sandoval, who lined a two-run single to right to break the tie. Gorkys Hernandez’s sac fly with one out would bring home an insurance run.
Blach wavered in the bottom of the 16th, allowing a two-out single to Lewis Brinson and a double to J.B. Shuck, but Sam Dyson would get Bryan Holaday to fly out to end the game.
The Giants scored two runs in the first and one in the second against Dan Straily, with a McCutchen two-run homer and a Mac Williamson solo shot.
The hosts got one back in the fifth on a solo homer by JT Riddle and scored again in the seventh on a Holaday RBI single, one that would chase San Francisco starter Dereck Rodriguez from the game. With his father, Ivan, watching from the front row, Rodriguez allowed seven hits over 6 2/3 innings but didn’t issue a walk and struck out four. The Giants had a chance to break it open in the ninth, putting men on second and third with two outs, but Adam Conley struck out Austin Jackson to keep the hosts within one.
Miami (26-43) tied it in the bottom of the frame ninth on Brinson’s sac fly after Starlin Castro reached on a Joe Panik error — just Panik’s second of the year.
After the game, it was announced that third baseman Evan Longoria — hit on the hand by a pitch in the top of the fourth — fractured his fifth metacarpal, the same injury Madison Bumgarner suffered late in spring training. Longoria was replaced by Hanson, who had three hits on the day, including a double with two outs in the 11th, but Crawford was thrown out at the plate to keep the game tied.