SAN FRANCISCO -- The revamped Miami Marlins might finally be living up to lofty expectations. With three dominant pitching performances in the series, they swept the Giants, winning all three games by one run.
Marlins pitcher Anibal Sanchez scattered seven hits and a run over seven innings with five strikeouts, and Jose Reyes produced a key RBI single as the Marlins beat the Giants 3-2 on Thursday afternoon to complete a three-game sweep.
Sanchez (2-0) previously tossed two complete-game shutouts at the Giants' AT&T Park and had a 23-inning scoreless streak.
"I don't think about it, I just try to pitch a good game like I did last time," said Sanchez who has won all three career starts at AT&T Park. "I tried to work ahead in the count to get quick outs. And I've said since the beginning of Spring Training, we have a pretty good rotation, and we're going to throw good games. We've got the talent, the pitching, and the stuff, so we've got to keep working on that, and when the hitters start making some runs for us, we're going to get some wins."
Hanley Ramirez also had two RBIs for the Marlins, who swept the Giants for only the third time in San Francisco.
"I'm very excited because a win is a win, especially the way we've been playing," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "We've got to get better. It's very hard for our pitching staff to go out there and shut people down every day."
The Marlins won in spite of going 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position and leaving 15 men on base.
"It's getting old because the opportunities are there, and I don't know what the plan is to hit when we've got people on base, but there's a lot of opportunities and we're not taking advantage of it," Guillen said. "If we continue like that, the pitching staff is going to break down sooner or later."
Errors have been a problem for the Giants. The Giants have 28 miscues in 25 games, second only to the Padres who have committed 29 errors.
Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford committed two errors Thursday. His first error was costly when he failed to field a routine grounder to short. That allowed Reyes to advance to second, and he eventually scored on an RBI groundout by Hanley Ramirez.
The Marlins made it a two-run lead in the second when catcher Brett Hayes scored on a fielder's choice grounder by Ramirez, who just beat the throw to first to avoid the inning-ending double play.
Ryan Vogelsong (0-2) worked seven innings for the Giants, giving up eight hits and two runs, only one earned. He walked four and struck out five.
"It took me just a little bit to get going," Vogelsong said. "I was kind of throwing through everything a little bit early, and it took me a few innings to get some touch (on the ball). Wins and losses for me personally are kind of second. I'd rather see us win games as a team first. We've got to keep fighting and we've got to keep battling. It comes down to pitching better. You can sit here and say it's only two runs, but it could have been no runs and I should've pitched better."
Vogelsong also took the loss against Sanchez last year when the Giants were shutout 1-0 on May 26. In that game, Vogelsong gave up only one run in eight innings.
In the eighth, Hayes doubled and pinch hitter Austin Kearns singled to put runners at the corners. Reyes then singled to center to bring home Hayes.
That would prove to be an important run as the Giants would score their second run in their half of the frame. Gregor Blanco doubled to lead off the inning, his third hit of the game. He scored on a groundout by Melky Cabrera.
"We just need to learn from the three wins we had here and continue to win as a team," Reyes said. "We're not quite there hitting-wise but still you want to win. It doesn't matter if it's 1-0 or 2-1, you want to get that 'W' and we got three 'W's' here, that was huge."
The Giants are one of the worst teams in the majors with runners in scoring position, batting .188 (9-for-48) over their last six games. Their first run scored as the result of a double play grounder by Cabrera, scoring Blanco from third base.
They blew a golden opportunity in the seventh inning. After consecutive singles put runners at the corners, they sacrificed to put runners on second and third with one out. Pinch-hitter Nate Schierholtz swung at the first pitch and fouled out to left, and second baseman Ryan Theriot grounded to second to end the inning.
"We had three games that could've gone either way," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "We hurt ourselves with little things...errors or just needing a productive out. We couldn't get it done, and when you're playing tight ballgames, these things come back to get you and that's what happened today."
Before the game, Bochy informed the media that Pablo Sandoval broke the hamate bone in his left hand, requiring surgery. Sandoval will be on the disabled list for a minimum of six weeks. Last year, Sandoval had a similar injury, breaking the same bone in his right wrist. With Sandoval out, the Giants recalled Conor Gillaspie from the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies to take his place on the roster. In his season debut, Gillaspie had one hit in three at-bats.
"I think everybody knows I can't replace the guy," said Gillaspie who was batting .362 with three home runs and 13 RBIs with the Grizzlies. "I mean that's reality and there are very few people who can replace a guy like that, but while he's out I can at least try to contribute offensively or defensively as best I can."
Notes: Sanchez allowed one earned run against the Giants raising his microscopic ERA against San Francisco lifetime to 0.87. ... Giants pitchers have an ERA of 1.95 (24 earned runs in 111 innings) in 12 home games. That's the second lowest in the majors, next to the Pittsburgh Pirates (1.87) ... CF Angel Pagan has a 17-game hit streak for the Giants, the longest active hit streak in the majors. During the streak, Pagan is batting .299 (23-for-77) ... The Giants have played 12 games decided by one run and are 5-7 in those games. At AT&T Park, 11 of their 12 games have been decided by three runs or fewer, including their last 11 contests.
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