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Yaz scores go-ahead run on wild pitch, Giants beat Marlins

Sun Sep 15 7:16pm ET
By GIDEON RUBIN
Associated Press

Players: Johnny Cueto, Evan Longoria, Brandon Belt, Will Smith, Mike Yastrzemski, Alex Dickerson, Ryne Stanek, Kevin Pillar, Magneuris Sierra

San Francisco Giants closing pitcher Will Smith, right, and catcher Stephen Vogt celebrate after defeating the Miami Marlins in a baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/John Hefti)


Miami Marlins' Magneuris Sierra, right, celebrates with Curtis Granderson (21) after he scores a run against the San Francisco Giants in the seventh inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/John Hefti)


San Francisco Giants' Brandon Crawford hits a single against the Miami Marlins in the fourth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/John Hefti)


San Francisco Giants' Evan Longoria hits a single against the Miami Marlins in the fourth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/John Hefti)


San Francisco Giants' Mauricio Dubon runs the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Miami Marlins in the third inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/John Hefti)


San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Johnny Cueto throws against a Miami Marlins batter in the first inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/John Hefti)


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Mike Yastrzemski scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the eighth inning, Johnny Cueto pitched five scoreless innings in his second game back from Tommy John surgery and the San Francisco Giants beat the Miami Marlins 2-1 Sunday.

Giants rookie Mauricio Dubon homered, and San Francisco took two of three from the struggling Marlins.

Dubon connected leading off the third against starter Elieser Hernandez to break a scoreless tie. Dubon connected on a 1-0 slider that just cleared wall in left for his third homer.

Cueto gave up three hits, struck out two and walked two. The two-time All-Star has combined for 10 innings of four-hit ball in his two starts since coming off the injured list.

Giants reliever Tyler Rogers (2-0) struck out one in a 1-2-3 eighth for the win, and Will Smith worked around a walk and a wild pitch in the ninth for his 33rd save in 37 tries. The All-Star closer had been out since Sept. 6 with back tightness.

Jon Berti had two hits and one RBI and made a great defensive play for the Marlins, who have lost six of seven and are 11-34 since July 30.

Hernandez struck out a career-high nine in five innings of three-hit ball. He gave up one run and walked one.

The Marlins tied the game in the seventh on Berti's two-out, RBI single, which scored Magneuris Sierra from third. Sierra reached on a two-out infield hit and went to third on third baseman Evan Longoria's throwing error.

Yastrzemski scored the go-ahead run on reliever Ryne Stanek's second wild pitch. Yastrzemski and Brandon Belt reached on consecutive one-out singles against Jarlin Garcia (3-2). Both runners advanced on Stanek's first wild pitch before he walked Longoria to load the bases.

SHIFT BUSTER

Giants first baseman Belt bunted down the third base line against the shift for a hit leading off the sixth.

FANCY FIELDING

Berti made a leaping catch in left field, crashing into the top of the wall to rob Longoria of extra bases in the bottom of the first.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Marlins: RHP Jordan Yamamoto (right forearm strain) will pitch in an instructional league game on Monday and could join the rotation before the end of the season, manager Don Mattingly said.

Giants: OF Alex Dickerson (right oblique) appeared in Sunday's game as a pinch hitter and struck out in his only at-bat the fifth. Dickerson hadn't played since Sept. 3. ... Center fielder Kevin Pillar got an off day.

UP NEXT

Marlins: RHP Pablo Lopez (5-8, 4.97 ERA) will open Monday's series opener against the Diamondbacks in Arizona. Lopez is 0-3 with a 7.91 ERA over his last four starts.

Giants: RHP Logan Webb (1-2, 6.75 ERA) will make his sixth career start in Tuesday's series opener against the Red Sox in Boston.

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