MIAMI — Matt Cain and Jake Peavy cannot come back soon enough for the up-and-down Giants.
The two pitchers will start this week following lengthy stays on the disabled list, a compelling story line after the Giants lost 5-3 to the Marlins on Tuesday night.
Manager Bruce Bochy said that Cain is scheduled to start Thursday against the Marlins. Cain hasn’t pitched since July 2014. He underwent elbow surgery last year and has been sidelined this season with a strained flexor tendon.
Peavy, out since April 17 with a strained back, is to start Friday at Washington.
Cain will replace right-hander Tim Lincecum, who will be placed on the disabled list with a bruised right forearm after being hit by a line drive Saturday.
Bochy said the Giants decided against giving Peavy another rehab start in the minors before activating him.
The moves were announced before Dee Gordon, the major-league batting leader, hit the first inside-the-park homer in the four-year history of Marlins Park, a three-run shot that was his first homer of the year — and the decisive blow in the victory.
“That was pretty cool,” Gordon said. “I got a dinger.”
Teammate Justin Bour also homered and contributed a defensive gem at first base. Buster Posey hit his 12th homer for the Giants.
Gordon, who came into the game leading the majors with 112 hits, made use of his speed for his first homer of the year. Right fielder Gregor Blanco chased the ball down in the gap just short of the wall and tried to scoop it with his glove behind his back to center fielder Angel Pagan, but they missed connection.
“I was just trying to flip the ball to Angel so hopefully he could stop him at third,” Blanco said. “That was the only chance.”
Gordon kept going and ran out from under his helmet 40 feet from the plate.
“That was the kick I tried to get that I didn’t have,” he said.
Even so, his slide easily beat the relay throw. The homer came with two outs in the second inning and extended Gordon’s hitting streak to 11 games.
It also gave a welcome jolt of offense to a team without injured slugger Giancarlo Stanton.
“I’ve got to pick up the power with him gone,” the 170-pound Gordon said. “We’re like the same size.”
Mat Latos (3-5) gave up three runs, two earned, in six innings. With the disappointing Marlins in fourth place in the NL East, he has become a subject of trade speculation.
“I’m not worried about it,” Latos said. “I’m still here. Until they tell me they’re going to throw me out of the clubhouse, I’m going to fight for this team.”
Four relievers completed a six-hitter. Carter Capps, throwing at up to 99 mph, struck out the side in the eighth. He has 38 strikeouts in 20 2/3 innings to go with an ERA of 0.87.
A.J. Ramos followed with a perfect ninth for his 11th save.
“Those two guys have settled into a role,” manager Dan Jennings said. “That’s huge. You can shorten the game.”
Ramos was helped by a terrific play from Bour, who did a face plant catching third baseman Miguel Rojas’ throw to rob Andrew Susac of a hit.
“Bour’s not very graceful,” Gordon said with a laugh, “but it worked.”
Ryan Vogelsong (6-6) went six innings, threw 88 pitches and allowed four runs — with all of them scoring on homers.
“It’s tough to take,” he said. “How many pitches did I throw? And you think about two. I just left the ball up a little bit.”
The Marlins won despite going 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position, with Gordon’s homer the lone hit. They’ve gone 2-5 on their homestand while batting 3 for 48 (.063) with runners in scoring position.
Posey homered in the third, giving him 18 RBI in his past 10 games. He doubled and scored on a two-out wild pitch by Latos in the sixth to make it 4-3.
Giants pitcher Chris Heston, a native of Palm Bay, Fla., received the key to the city from the mayor before the game. The ceremony was to honor Heston for his no-hitter June 9 against the Mets.Bruce BochyBuster PoseyCarter CappsChris HestonDan JenningsDee GordonGiancarlo StantonGregor BlancoJake PeavyJustin BourMadison BumgarnerMatt CainMiami MarlinsMLBTim Lincecum