San Francisco Giants’ pitching stymies Detroit Tigers 3-1 on Tuesday
By DAVE HOGG
DETROIT — Carlos Rodón continued his hot streak with seven strong innings on Tuesday night as the San Francisco Giants survived a bases-loaded threat in the bottom of the ninth inning and beat the Detroit Tigers 3-1.
Evan Longoria homered for the Giants, who won their eighth straight interleague game on the road.
Rodón allowed one run on five hits and struck out 10 without a walk. He is 4-0 in his last five starts with a 1.44 ERA and has now recorded eight double-digit strikeout games this season.
“The fastball/slider combination was really good and (catcher Austin Wynns) had a good feel for the pitch calling — we were on the same page all night,” Rodón said. “The bullpen did a good job and we scored when we needed it. Now we just have to win another one tomorrow.”
Rodón is 3-0 with a 1.86 ERA in five starts against the Tigers in the last two seasons.
The Tigers put runners on the corners with one out in the ninth on Victor Reyes’ double and Javier Báez’s infield single. Camilo Doval, who slipped trying to field Báez’s grounder, then walked Eric Haase on four pitches to load the bases for Miguel Cabrera.
Cabrera took a called third strike on the outside corner on the ninth pitch of the at-bat and Harold Castro grounded out to give Doval his 18th save.
Giants manager Gabe Kapler said Doval “had a little bit more time and he rushed it a little” when trying to field Báez’s grounder.
“But his stuff is good that he can beat some of the best hitters in the game,” Kapler said. “Miggy gave him a sensational battle, and he was still able to execute that slider when he needed it.”
Drew Hutchison (1-7) took the loss, allowing one run on four hits and two walks in five innings.
“I thought I threw the ball well,” Hutchison said. “I was a little shaky early, but I got myself into better counts as the game went along.”
The Giants took a 1-0 lead on Joc Pederson’s first-inning RBI single, but couldn’t score again against Hutchison.