6-4 win at the Trop'
Joe Panik smashed a two-out three-run homer in the 9th to break a 3-3 tie and the Giants prevailed in Tampa Bay. The Rays hit four solo shots--including one in the 9th--but the Giants, undaunted, kept chipping away and finally got the big blow. Matt Duffy had his own solo shot to start the Giants scoring and they added a single run in the 5th and another in the 8th to tie it and that set the stage for Panik's blast. The Rays clubbed the ball off Hunter Strickland in the bottom of the 8th but could not plate a run, echoing a similar frustration by the Giants who were 3-14 with runners in scoring position and seemed unable to get a game-breaking hit. Albert Suarez had a tough time and did not get out of the 4th, but five Giants relievers got it done. The team is now 10-5 for the month of June.
Of note to Giants fans, Tim Lincecum pitched effectively over in Oakland and helped the Angels win in his return to the majors. He looks weird in red.
Jake Peavy gets his turn in the getaway game tomorrow, 10:10 Pacific.