Recap: San Francisco vs. Seattle

San Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Led by a three-hit, three-RBI day from Matt Duffy, the San Francisco Giants halted a nine-game home losing streak with a 6-2 triumph over the Seattle Mariners.

 

Duffy put the Giants ahead with a two-run homer in the second inning and added an RBI single later on to help slumping San Francisco put an end to a six-game overall skid and even the first portion of this home-and-home, four-game interleague series. Casey McGehee had two RBI on a pinch-hit double during a three-run eighth inning.

 

"This is a game we needed just to kind of change momentum of how things have been going," McGehee said. "It definitely leaves a better taste in your mouth getting on the plane this way rather than the alternative."

 

Four San Francisco relievers did their part as well, combining for 3 1/3 scoreless innings after Tim Lincecum (7-3) held the Mariners to two runs over 5 2/3 frames.

 

Seattle's J.A. Happ (3-3) was reached for three runs and seven hits over six innings, extending his personal winless stretch to seven straight starts.

 

Brad Miller was the Mariners' lone offensive bright spot, driving in both Seattle runs on a solo homer and a single. Seattle managed just five hits, none against the San Francisco bullpen.

 

Lincecum set the tone for the streak-buster by opening the game with four outstanding innings, during which he permitted just two walks and a single to Seth Smith. The two-time Cy Young Award winner was handed a 2-0 lead through two courtesy of Duffy, who launched Happ's inside fastball into the left-field seats with Buster Posey aboard in the Giants' half of the second.

 

"Duffy hit the pitch I wanted to throw," said Happ of the homer. "I don't know how he hit that ball. He put a hell of a swing on it."

 

Miller cut Seattle's deficit in half with an opposite-field homer to begin the fifth, but San Francisco answered in the bottom of the inning. A leadoff double by Andrew Susac was converted into a run when Angel Pagan came through with a bloop single to right off Happ with two out.

 

The Mariners put forth a two-out rally of their own to pull within 3-2 in the sixth, as a Kyle Seager single and a walk to James Jones preceded Miller's RBI single to center on Lincecum's final pitch.

 

George Kontos relieved Lincecum and protected the one-run edge by getting Mike Zunino to fly out and strand two runners.

 

"He's really doing a nice job," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Kontos. "I've used him a lot."

 

Javier Lopez, Sergio Romo and Santiago Casilla continued to keep the Mariners' bats quiet after Kontos departed, and the Giants broke open the close game in the eighth.

 

Back-to-back two-out walks issued by Seattle's Tom Wilhelmsen set up Duffy's single that plated Posey for a 4-2 edge. McGehee then laced a line drive over Nelson Cruz's head in right to provide some additional breathing room.

 

Pagan was ejected by home plate umpire John Hirschbeck for arguing a called strike in the eighth inning ... The Giants improved to 5-2 in interleague games ... Miller's homer was the first allowed by Lincecum at AT&T Park since his first home start of the season, which took place April 15 against Colorado ... Opponents are now 0-for-19 against Kontos with runners in scoring position and two outs this season ... Cruz went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and concluded Seattle's road trip 3-for-22 at the plate.

 

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