Michael Morse hit his third homer in two games and Tim Hudson dazzled again as the San Francisco Giants opened their interleague slate Friday night with a 5-1 win over the Cleveland Indians at AT&T Park.
Hudson (3-1) allowed just one run on four hits over seven innings—he’s worked at least seven innings in each of his five starts this month—while striking out five and walking two. Hudson’s ERA dropped to 2.19.
The Giants (13-10) took the lead with two runs in the first inning. Angel Pagan led off with a single and Hunter Pence drove a liner all the way to the wall in center field for a triple. Morse eventually scored Pence with a sacrifice fly.
Pagan and Pence teamed up for another run in the bottom of the third. Pagan led off with a single, stole second and scored when Pence singled to right.
Morse led off the fourth with what could only be called a big-boy home run, a blast to the seats in the deepest part of center field. It was his sixth homer of the season.
Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco (0-3) took the loss, allowing four runs in six innings.
Pence was 2-for-4 on the night, raising his average to .250 and Pagan’s 2-for-4 effort raised his average to .337.
Giants broadcaster Duane Kuiper was honored Friday night with his own bobblehead, decked out in a 1970s era Cleveland Indians uniform. Kuiper played for the Indians from 1974-81 before coming to the Giants for his final four seasons and the bobblehead was in celebration of his Aug. 29, 1977, home run against the Chicago White Sox at old Cleveland Stadium—Kuip’s only long ball in 3,754 big-league plate appearances. Comcast Sports Net Bay Area prepared a … ummm … touching documentary to mark the occasion. You can see it here. As for Kuiper’s blast?