SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Andrew Suarez usually relies on his corner to get ahead of the hitters. On Saturday, Giants catcher Nick Hundley wanted Suarez to close the deal.
Hundley had the right idea. Suarez combined with two relievers to launch a three-hitter game, lifting San Francisco to the Philadelphia Phillies 2-0.
Suarez (2-4) shined in his eighth professional opening, his best mark by far. The 25-year-old left-hander struck out five and walked none in seven three-hitter ball innings.
"My curve was good today," said Suarez. "Hundo called it a lot and I got some swing and I miss it, it usually has not been like that, it's usually a ball throw and today was a strikeout."
Tony Watson pitched the eighth and Hunter Strickland He drove the ninth for his 12th save.
Phillies starter Vince Velasquez (4-6) struck out nine and walked one in 6 1/3 innings of five hits.
"I was attacking the hitters, receiving first strike blows," Velasquez said.
Joe Panik went 2-for-4 with a treble and scored both runs in his second game back from the disabled list with a sprained left thumb.
The Giants scored the first run of the game in the sixth when Panik hit a grounder on Andrew McCutchen's selection grounder. The Giants added a run in the eighth when Panik scored on McCutchen's sacrifice fly.
The Phillies were 0 out of 5 with runners in scoring position. They failed to score after Jorge Alfaro's first career triple with one out in the third.
Suarez launched a first and second situations of no outs in the fifth.
"(Suarez) just pitched very efficiently," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. "It's nice to see this guy, he has things, he stayed at 93 all night, I really ordered the ball so well, he was at the top of his game and you could see his confidence in him."
The Phillies have combined for three runs in the last four games. They struck out at least 10 times in six straight games until Saturday.
"We are going through a difficult stretch," said Phillies manager Gabe Kapler. "We have to weather this storm."
The Phillies had a runner in third with two outs in the third when McCutchen made a catch over the shoulder at the edge of the warning track on the right-center side, stealing the Phillies of at least one race and Cesar Hernández of extra bases.
"I thought the ball was absolutely killed, that was a tremendous play," said Kapler
said Suarez: "I was like, oh, shit." He's a great outfielder and I'm glad he's I played because I think it would have changed the game. "  TRAINER ROOM
Phillies: SS JP Crawford (right forearm tension) was 2-for-5 with one RBI and two runs in his fourth rehabilitation game with Clearwater Clbad A. … RHP Pat Neshek (tension in the right shoulder) released his second session in the bullpen this week.
Giants: Giants 1B Brandon Belt had an appendectomy and was placed on the 10-day disabled list. It is expected to be missing for around three weeks. … C Buster Posey suffered a concussion in his elbow when he received a pitch in Friday's game. I was not in the starting lineup on Saturday and it's day by day. … FROM Hunter Pence (right thumb strain) and INF Alen Hanson (left hamstring) left the rehabilitation tasks and were activated from the disabled list on Saturday. … DE Gregor Blanco was designated for the badignment. He will be in charge on Sunday and will report to Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday.
Phillies: RHP Jake Arrieta (5-2, 2.16) has not allowed a clean run in 13 2/3 innings over his last two starts.
Giants: RHP Dereck Rodriguez (0-0, 2.70) will make his first professional start. The 25-year-old son of Hall of Famer Ivan Rodriguez allowed four runs (one earned) in 3 1/3 innings in his major league debut in Colorado on May 29.
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