MILWAUKEE — Chris Carter hit his first home run for Milwaukee, then had a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the seventh inning to lead the Brewers over the San Francisco Giants 4-3 Wednesday.
Jeff Samardzija, making his Giants debut after signing a $90 million, five-year contract, allowed three runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings, struck out six and walked three. He is 0-5 in 10 career starts against Milwaukee.
Carter’s third-inning home run was his fourth off Samardzija. He left Houston to sign with the Brewers after hitting 90 homers during three years with Houston.
With the score 3-all, Javier Lopez (0-1) walked Scooter Gennett leading off the seventh. Ryan Braun’s single off Cory Gearrin and Buster Posey’s passed ball advanced the runners, and Carter’s fly to center helped the Brewers beat the Giants for the second time in their last 12 meetings.
Tyler Thornburg (1-0) pitched a one-hit seventh, and Jeremy Jeffress threw a perfect ninth for his first save.
Angel Pagan, who played with two sore knees for most of last season, showed he can still run. The 34-year-old doubled and scored in the first, then tripled off Chris Capuano in the sixth and tied the score 3-all on Posey’s sacrifice fly off Blaine Boyer.
Matt Duffy, who hit a two-run homer in Monday’s 12-3 win, led off the second with a solo drive that sailed over a television camera in deep left-center.
Milwaukee’s Taylor Jungmann allowed two runs — one earned — and three hits in five innings, leaving with a 3-2 lead. He singled and scored in the second.
With Pagan at third base with one out in the first, Posey grounded to Carter at first. His throw skipped off catcher Jonathan Lucroy’s glove as Pagan scored. One batter later, Brandon Belt lofted a fly ball down the left-field line. Third baseman Aaron Hill made a running over-the-shoulder catch, turned and threw a one-hopper to get Posey at the plate for a double play.
Jake Peavy will start in San Francisco’s home opener Thursday against the Dodgers. Peavy is 14-3 with a 2.38 ERA in 29 starts against Los Angeles.Jeff SamardzijaMilwaukee BrewersMLBSan Francisco Giants