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SF Giants get back on track with series-opening win vs. Tigers

SAN FRANCISCO — With a day off and Carlos Rodón on the hill, the Giants regained their footing in the first of two games against the Detroit Tigers.

In a rare interleague matchup, the Giants beat the Tigers 4-3, in the clubs’ first game since 2017 and their first meeting at Oracle Park since the Giants’ sweep to claim the 2012 World Series.

Since climbing a season-high 10 games over .500 last Saturday, the Giants had dropped six of their past eight and four of five entering Tuesday night. After a sloppy series loss to the National League-worst Reds on Sunday, manager Gabe Kapler said there was “work to be done” on their off day Monday before the start of this series.

Although it required a four-out save from closer Camilo Doval after a late rally against the Giants’ bullpen, San Francisco became the 13th team to reach the 40-win mark this season with 18 more to play until the All-Star break.

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 28: San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Camilo Doval #75 throws against the Detroit Tigers in the ninth inning of their MLB game at Oracle Park in San Francisco, Calif., on Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group) 

Rodón continued to polish his All-Star résumé with six more strong innings Tuesday night. It took a two-out rally in his final inning — the sixth — for the Tigers to score their first and only run off San Francisco’s starter, who has allowed two total over his past 28 innings.

Absent his usual swing-and-miss stuff, Rodón mowed through Detroit’s lineup with efficiency. He left the game with 86 pitches, after needing 25 to make it through his final frame. His four strikeouts were his fewest in five June starts — during which his 1.25 ERA ranks third in MLB — but Riley Greene’s two-out double in the fourth was the Tigers’ only runner to reach scoring position until Robbie Grossman’s double in the sixth.

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Grossman advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored the Tigers’ only run of the game on a shift-beating single into right field from Miguel Cabrera. The Tigers rallied for runs in the seventh and eighth off relievers John Brebbia and Dominic Leone, prompting Kapler to call on Doval with to record the final four outs, escaping a bases-loaded jam in the eighth with a strikeout of Jonathan Schoop.

Rodón has three more scheduled starts before the All-Star break, but right now owns the seventh-best ERA among NL starters (2.63) and the third-most strikeouts (105). His start Tuesday night was his 12th of at least five innings and two or fewer runs, the most in MLB. Rotation partner Logan Webb is also making a strong case, with a 3.04 ERA (13th in NL).

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 28: San Francisco Giants' Evan Longoria #10 is congratulated by Darin Ruf #33 after they scored on a two-run RBI single by Mike Yastrzemski #5 in the fifth inning of their MLB game against the Detroit Tigers at Oracle Park in San Francisco, Calif., on Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 28: San Francisco Giants’ Evan Longoria #10 is congratulated by Darin Ruf #33 after they scored on a two-run RBI single by Mike Yastrzemski #5 in the fifth inning of their MLB game against the Detroit Tigers at Oracle Park in San Francisco, Calif., on Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group) 

The Giants got their runs on a pair of two-out base knocks from one of their hottest and one of their coldest hitters. Neither ball left the bat harder than 80 mph nor traveled further than 263 feet, but each ball found grass through two strong examples of situational hitting.

After Joc Pederson poked a double through the hole in the shift and into left field, giving the Giants runners at second and third with two outs in the first, Evan Longoria drove them both home for the first runs of the game by lofting a changeup off the plate in front of Greene in center field.

In the fifth, Mike Yastrzemski did just enough with a 2-2 splitter to poke a ball into almost the same location that drove in Longoria and Ruf, who advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch from Tigers starter Tarik Skubal.

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Longoria, who reached base two more times, extended his on-base streak to eight games. He has 10 hits in his past 26 at-bats, including two home runs last series against Cincinnati, and has risen his OPS nearly 100 points, from .712 to .811, over the course of the streak.

Yastrzemski’s RBI knock was only his seventh hit in his past 47 at-bats, a stretch of 14 games in which he is hitting .133, lowering his OPS from .845 on June 13 to .781 entering Tuesday night.

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 28: San Francisco Giants shortstop Thairo Estrada #39 tags out Detroit Tigers' Javier Baez #28 at second base as he tries to stretch a single in the fourth inning of their MLB game at Oracle Park in San Francisco, Calif., on Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 28: San Francisco Giants shortstop Thairo Estrada #39 tags out Detroit Tigers’ Javier Baez #28 at second base as he tries to stretch a single in the fourth inning of their MLB game at Oracle Park in San Francisco, Calif., on Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group) 

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