SAN FRANCISCO -- Casey McGehee's glove contributed to the Giants making it a 5-5 game in the sixth inning Friday night. He made amends with his bat.
With one out and runners on first and second in the ninth, McGehee slapped a Santiago Casilla pitch through the right side for what proved the game-winning RBI at AT&T Park. McGehee, who went 2-for-5 and increased his RBI total to 28, helped the Marlins even the four game series with a 7-5 win.
"I still feel terrible because Alvarez battled through and it would have been nice to get him a win," McGehee said. "More importantly for us right now, we've seen those games go the other way a few times, especially on the road. It was huge for us to be able to stick in there and come back and get that one."
Though the Marlins tied a franchise record giving up double-digit hits in their eighth consecutive game, they amassed 14 of their own. Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia busted out of a career-long 0-for-26 skid in a big way, matching his career-high with four hits for the fifth time.
The switch-hitting Saltalamacchia singled three times hitting left-handed and added another base hit swinging righty. Through 43 May at-bats entering the game, Saltalamacchia had four total hits.
"It's been a rough go this road trip for him," manager Mike Redmond said. "It was nice to see him go out there and have a big night."
Garrett Jones also contributed a three-hit effort, and Christian Yelich and Derek Dietrich homered.
The Marlins caught a break in the series when the Giants scratched Tim Hudson from Friday's scheduled start due to a hip strain. Facing Yusmeiro Petit instead, they scored five runs (four earned) on seven hits (two homers) over his five innings.
That barely gave them the lead as the Giants kept chipping at Henderson Alvarez, who allowed five runs (four earned) through six hit-heavy innings. The Giants put together a pair of three-hit innings in the first and fourth and doubled five times off him. One strike away from preserving a one-run lead through six, Alvarez watched pinch-hitter Gregor Blanco rip an 0-2 pitch into right for the game-tying RBI single.
He should have been out of the inning on a Brandon Hicks 5-3 groundout. McGehee flubbed the play, leading to the unearned run.
Blanco's equalizer was his team's 10th hit and one of four in 12 at-bats with runners in scoring position off Alvarez. He's now allowed a double-digit hot total twice in nine starts. Over six innings on April 13 at Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies tallied 12 and scored just three times.
"He gave us what we needed, somebody ti get us through six innings," Redmond said of Alvarez, who who was scored upon in four innings but did not allow a crooked number.
If the Marlins are going to rise above Jose Fernandez's season-ending Tommy John surgery, they need better efforts from Alvarez and Nathan Eovaldi. Those two in four starts since Fernandez made his last appearance are a combined 0-2 with a 7.91 ERA, 33 hits, nine walks and 11 strikeouts in 19 1/3 innings.
"We have to really execute our pitches to keep their offense in check, but we kept the pressure on offensively ourselves," said Redmond, who watched his team out-hit the Giants 14-11. "A lot of big hits."
As they did in Thursday's series opener, the Marlins used the long ball to get ahead early. Yelich notched his first career leadoff homer. Two innings later he reached on a one-out Brandon Crawford error at short and Dietrich followed with his second homer in as many nights.
Dietrich had a 53 at-bat home run drought dating back to April 16 until he sent a Matt Cain first-inning pitch into the right-field seats Thursday. In addition to hitting .250, Dietrich has a .807 OPS, including a .455 slugging percentage.
Six of the Marlins' 11 runs through two games of the series have resulted from home runs. They've totaled 12 over their last eight games. Giancarlo Stanton hasn't accounted for any of them. He went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts, bringing his career-best 17-game hitting streak to an end.
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