DENVER — The Giants stopped their losing streak, but they keep losing players.
It was another setback for San Francisco, which used a makeshift lineup due to injuries. First baseman Brandon Belt (stomach illness) was out, outfielder Nori Aoki didn’t play because of concussion symptoms and backup catcher Andrew Susac returned to San Francisco to have his sprained left wrist examined.
“I just can’t believe we lost the catcher tonight,” manager Bruce Bochy said.
Nick Noonan, who joined the team Tuesday, played first and delivered an RBI double in the second for the Giants’ first lead in 44 innings.
It was his first hit in nearly a year, and it was the first time he played first base in 14 years.
“Maybe Little League,” he said when asked the last time he was put there. “I had a sprained thumb and I think I played first. I was 12.”
Buster Posey was given the night off but was pressed into service when Sanchez turned his ankle trying to beat out a sacrifice bunt.
Peavy allowed three runs and four hits and struck out five in 5 2/3 innings.
“He inspired everybody how he was pitching and how he was swinging the bat,” Bochy said. “It looked like he was determined to stop this streak.”
The Giants got the runs back in the seventh on Blanco’s homer and a bases-loaded walk by reliever Scott Oberg.
Pagan hit his first home run of the year in the third. Bettis singled and scored on Reyes’ triple in the bottom of the inning to make it 2-1.