SAN FRANCISCO — On September 14, the Giants finally won a game.
Chris Stratton threw a shutout, Austin Slater got a big hit early and the Giants beat the first-place Rockies 2-0. The victory snapped an 11-game losing streak and gave the Giants their first win of the season’s final month. They had not had a handshake line since beating the Mets here at AT&T Park on August 31.
Stratton became the first Giants starter this season to record an out in the ninth inning, and the first to win 10 games. In fact, he’s the first double-digit winner on staff since 2016. Jeff Samardzija led last year’s rotation with nine wins. Here's what else you need to know...
--- Stratton was at 90 pitches through seven innings and struck out two of the three he faced in the eighth, as Tony Watson and Mark Melancon warmed up. At the end of the inning, Bochy briefly met with Curt Young and Madison Bumgarner and then sent Stratton back out. DJ LeMahieu hit a rocket to short but Brandon Crawford handled it. Nolan Arenado also grounded out to short, and David Dahl flied out to left to give the staff its first shutout of the year. Stratton ended up throwing 114 pitches in his first career shutout.
--- The Giants scored exactly one run in each of their previous five home games. They got two in the second inning. Nick Hundley and Joe Panik singled and advanced on a wild pitch. Austin Slater made it 2-0 with a bouncer up the middle. That held up.
--- Brandon Belt was removed in the top of the seventh inning, with Austin Slater sliding over to first from right. Belt’s knee likely began aching again.