MIAMI (AP) Jesus Sanchez hit a game-winning sacrificial fly in the ninth inning and the Miami Marlins beat the San Francisco Giants 5-4 on Saturday.
Giants reliever Tyler Rogers (0-2) allowed Jesus Aguilar’s first single and hit Avisail Garcia. A denial from Rogers forward pinch runner Luke Williams and Garcia before Sanchez’s drive to middle center scored Williams for the Marlins’ first win of the season.
“I was just trying to hit the ball,” Sanchez said. “My main objective was that if I hit the ball, everything would be fine.”
Tyler Scott (1-1) pitched a scoreless inning for the win.
Miami starter Pablo Lopez overcame a line drive from his pitching shoulder hit by San Francisco’s Thairo Estrada in the second and threw seven four-run innings. The shot, clocked at 104.4 mph, went to second baseman Jazz Chisholm Jr., who kicked out Estrada first.
“It happened so fast,” Lopez said. “I’m glad I was able to put a glove on it and then Jazz, great one-on-one play to get out. It was huge.
Although the Marlins coaching staff immediately took care of Lopez, the right-hander remained in the game.
Lopez, who threw a season-high 110 pitches, allowed four hits, walked two, struck out six and struck out the last 11 batters he faced. He credited manager Don Mattingly for letting him pitch deeper after tough third and fourth innings.
“I really appreciate the confidence Don had in me to go out for the sixth and seventh innings,” Lopez said. “Knowing you have that confidence is just one of those things that makes you put zeros on the board.”
Down 4-0, the Marlins chased down Giants starter Logan Webb with a fifth-four run. Sanchez hit an RBI double, advanced on Jon Berti’s single and scored after Giants catcher Joey Bart’s throwing error on Berti’s successful steal in second. Garrett Cooper’s two-run single against reliever John Brebbia tied at 4 all.
“We were down four against an elite pitcher and we were able to fight back,” Mattingly said.
Webb allowed four runs, four hits, walked two and struck out six in 4 2/3 innings.
The Giants fell to 4-4 in their nine-game road trip that ends Sunday.
“We’ve taken pieces right now and expected to take some,” San Francisco manager Gabe Kapler said.
Jason Vosler gave the Giants an early lead with his solo shot to lead the third. Vosler drove Lopez’s switch over the wall on the right for his fourth homer.
Joc Pederson hit a one-out double in the fourth and Lopez then walked Brandon Crawford and Estrada before Donovan Walton cleared the bases with his left double.
“We’ve been swinging bats well the past few days and we’ll continue to swing bats well,” Kapler said. “We are getting healthier and our bullpen is still very strong.”
The Marlins opted for RHP Elieser Hernandez at Triple-A Jacksonville. Hernandez has struggled in nine starts and two relief appearances this season, allowing a major league-high 18 homers. The Giants homered four and scored eight runs against Hernandez in his 4 1/3 inning relief outing on Friday.
“For us, it’s about resetting it,” Mattingly said. “It was built. He was unable to gain ground during the season.
The Giants reinstated OF Austin Slater from the 10-day injured list and opted for RHP Sean Hjelle at Triple-A Sacramento. The club also selected RHP Sam Delaplane from the 40-man list and opted for Single-A San Jose. DE Stuart Fairchild was nominated for the assignment.
Giants: DE Luis Gonzalez (right leg contusion) did not play. Gonzalez was injured after being hit by a pitch in the second inning Friday. . RHP Anthony DeSclafani (right ankle inflammation) held a bullpen session in San Jose on Friday.
RHP Jacob Junis (2-1, 2.68) will start the series finale for the Giants on Sunday as the Marlins haven’t announced a starter.
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