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After getting swept in their first two doubleheaders this year, the Giants took advantage of a tremendous effort from lefty Tyler Anderson on Friday at Oracle Park, beating the Padres 5-4 to get back above .500. The win was crucial, with Dinelson Lamet looming on the other side in Game 2.
Anderson pitched into the seventh before handing the ball to Tony Watson, who had allowed one earned run all year, but immediately ran into trouble. Watson issued a walk, gave up a single and threw a ball away. The Padres scored three in the ninth, but Watson held on, getting two flyouts with the tying run on first.
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Anderson's biggest outs came in the third inning and followed a huge break. Trent Grisham crushed one 418 feet to right-center but hit the top of the pad in the deepest part of the yard. It would have been a homer in 29 other parks, but was just a leadoff triple.
Anderson got Fernando Tatis Jr. to ground out and then pitched around Manny Machado. That allowed him to go after Eric Hosmer, who grounded back to the mound for a 1-6-3 double play that stranded Grisham.
Anderson gave up five hits, walked four and struck out four. He was pulled after giving up a leadoff double in the seventh.
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The easiest way to make sure you don't put too much pressure on your calf is to hit a homer, and Mike Yastrzemski did that in the four-run fourth. In his first start in over a week, Yastrzemski had an early double and then made it 5-1 with his second McCovey Cove shot of the season. A year after hitting 21 homers in 107 games, Yastrzemski has 10 in 51 games.
A tip of the cap here goes to Joey Bart, who extended the inning by smoking a 107-mph single to right field that brought in a run and allowed Yastrzemski to hit off Chris Paddack.
Brandon Crawford tied the game early with a shot to dead center, his seventh. Wilmer Flores gave the Giants the lead in the fourth, taking Paddack deep to left-center for his 10th of the year. He had just nine all of last season with the Diamondbacks.
The Giants have three players with double-digit homers, with Brandon Belt one away. They had six players reach double-digits in 162 games in 2018.