Giants cruise to fourth straight victory
Sandoval, Torres smack RBI doubles in five-run second inning
SAN FRANCISCO -- Sometimes, when a team is in a groove like the San Francisco Giants, a win can look too easy.And when that win comes against the worst team in baseball, that fact is even magnified.
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The Giants, winners of 14 of their past 20 games, had everything go their way Monday night at AT&T Park, getting contributions from almost everyone in a 10-2 win over the Orioles.Starting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez posted another quality outing, allowing two runs in 7 2/3 innings. The Giants offense gave the left-hander plenty of run support, erupting for five runs in the second inning. And the Orioles, owners of the worst record in the Major Leagues, graciously handed the Giants plenty of insurance runs in a four-run eighth inning that included four consecutive walks before Freddy Sanchez capped off the scoring with a two-run double. "[Jonathan Sanchez], what a great job he did pitching, [Freddy Sanchez], the other one, what a great job hitting. Everybody did something," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "I hate to leave anyone out because they all played well tonight. It's hard to have a better game than what we put together." Freddy Sanchez, who went 2-for-4 with four RBIs, hit a sacrifice fly in the first inning and Baltimore's Matt Wieters hit a solo home run in the second to knot up the score, but San Francisco all but put away the game in the bottom half. Outfielder Pat Burrell led off the bottom of the second with a home run and Buster Posey followed with a single, later scoring on a deep double by Pablo Sandoval. Andres Torres doubled home another run, followed by an RBI single by Freddy Sanchez, and Torres came home on a sac fly by Aubrey Huff. Baltimore starter Chris Tillman (0-3) was removed after the inning, going only two innings in his fourth start of the season, and the Orioles went on to use four more pitchers after Tillman exited. As for the Giants, they had given Jonathan Sanchez all the confidence he needed. After the five-run frame, the left-hander didn't allow a runner to reach second until a sixth-inning double by Ty Wigginton. He gave up one other run, on an RBI double by Wigginton in the eighth inning, and exited afterward. He allowed eight hits, striking out five and walking one. "I was pretty comfortable out there. When you get a couple runs, you can just go out there and relax," Jonathan Sanchez said, adding he began feeling comfortable after the five-run second. "I just went out there and followed [catcher Eli] Whiteside. Everything he called, I was throwing it, and that's how the game went." Whiteside said the difference in Jonathan Sanchez tonight as opposed to his prior start, a loss against Cincinnati on June 9, was his secondary pitches. "The two previous outings, I think he struggled with his off-speed stuff, throwing it for a strike, and tonight he was able to do that," Whiteside said. Although they didn't need it, the Giants added four more runs in eighth inning when Baltimore reliever Frank Mata walked four straight batters (one intentionally), including walking in two runs before being relieved. David Hernandez entered, but Freddy Sanchez capped off the inning with a two-run single. "A well played game by us and [Jonathan Sanchez] gave us what we needed," Bochy said. "We've been using the bullpen quite a bit and he got us deep in the game and the offense gave us some runs there to work with. ... A lot of good things happened tonight." Although it's way too early to focus too much on standings, the Giants now are tied with the Dodgers in second place in the National League West, just half a game behind the Padres. With one game down against Baltimore and two more to go, Whiteside said the Giants are looking forward to continuing their recent stretch. "I wouldn't say you have to win, but you should win," Whiteside said about playing a struggling team like Baltimore. "We played the A's the last three games and played them well, and with these guys coming in, you want to keep the momentum going."
Cash Kruth is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.