Tim Hudson Dominates Again; San Francisco Giants Beat Cleveland


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.

Cleveland (11-12) got its only run in the third. Michael Bourn ripped a triple to right and Nick Swisher singled him home.

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.

The Giants final tally came in the seventh. Pablo Sandoval—in the midst of a 2-for-22 funk—tripled to right field and Brandon Crawford singled to right off Swisher’s glove at first base.

Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco (0-3) took the loss, allowing four runs in six innings.

Jeremy Affeldt allowed a hit and a walk but fanned two in a scoreless eighth inning and Javier Lopez finished the game, working around a walk while striking out one in the ninth.

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?

The series with the Indians continues at 1:05 p.m. Saturday, with Tim Lincecum (1-1, 6.43 ERA) set to start for the Giants against right-hander Zach McAllister (3-0, 2.28 ERA).

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