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Flores' homer leads outburst as Giants top Rangers

Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News on

Published in Baseball

SAN FRANCISCO -- It was a 86 mph slider that was slightly inside and down below the strike zone -- not necessarily the type of pitch you might expect a right-handed hitter like Wilmer Flores to turn on and hit into the left field seats.

But anything's possible right now inside Oracle Park, which -- relatively speaking -- has been pretty friendly to hitters through the opening four games of the Giants' first homestand.

Flores' three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth inning proved to be the difference Friday night as the Giants topped the Texas Rangers 9-2 to open a three-game series.

Chadwick Tromp, Mauricio Dubon and Darin Ruf each had two hits to bolster the bottom of the order, with Tromp's single in the fifth inning representing his first big league hit.

Tromp's hit also started a Giants two-out rally, which culminated with Flores' second home run of the season. On a 2-2 count, Flores reached down and golfed one toward left field. Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo ran back, but the ball had just enough carry to clear the wall.

It was the fifth home run hit by Giants hitters at Oracle Park so far this season, and the 10th homer at the park in four games overall. They've now scored 23 runs in their last three games at their notoriously stingy home in terms of offense.

 

The Giants added two runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh.

The Giants also received a solid performance from their bullpen, starting with Conner Menez, who took over for starter Logan Webb with the bases loaded and two out in the fourth inning. But Menez got Rougned Odor to pop out to end the threat, then worked a clean fifth inning.

Shaun Anderson, Wandy Peralta, Tony Watson and Sam Selman combined to shut out the Rangers over the final four innings, as the Giants put the stench of Thursday night's 12-7 loss to the San Diego Padres in the rear view mirror.

The Padres scored six times in the 10th, spoiling what had been another late inning comeback by the Giants, who trailed 6-1 in the bottom of the seventh.

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