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Whiteside's slam helps Giants' Martinez earn first win in return wire reports

HOUSTON -- Joe Martinez handled his nerves, with considerable help from batterymate Eli Whiteside.

Martinez came off the disabled list to win his first major league start, Whiteside hit a grand slam for his first career home run and the San Francisco Giants rallied for a 10-6 win over the Houston Astros on Wednesday.

Martinez (2-0) pitched in the majors for the first time since he was struck in the head by a line drive from Milwaukee's Mike Cameron on April 9.

Martinez said he was nervous before the game, but only because he missed the last four months. He was injured in his second relief appearance of the season.

"That's kind of hard, being a starter, you have to deal with the buildup," he said. "In ways, it's good, because you always know when you're going to pitch. In other ways, it's tough because you anticipate it so much, you get yourself a little too worked up."

The 26-year-old rookie made seven starts in the minors before he was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list to start against Houston. He gave up three runs and seven hits in five innings.

"I was a little jumpy at the beginning," he said. "After I settled down, I felt great. To get a win is even better."

Whiteside started in place of Bengie Molina, who had the day off to rest. Early in the game, Whiteside told Martinez he was hurrying his pitching motion, and the right-hander allowed only two hits over his last three innings.

"After that second inning, he got that thing fixed and pitched well," Whiteside said.

Whiteside's slam gave the Giants a 7-3 lead in the sixth against Brian Moehler (7-7), who dropped to 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA in his last three starts. He nonchalantly flipped the bat and started an easy trot the moment he hit it, already knowing where the ball was headed.

"It was nice, for one, to put the barrel on the ball," said Whiteside, who came in with a .224 average. "It just felt good. I've been a little frustrated at the plate, I haven't been doing anything productive. That was a little frustration coming out."

The Astros have lost nine of 12.

"Definitely a disappointing day," Houston manager Cecil Cooper said. "We could have used a gritty seven innings, but we didn't get it. I thought Moehler threw the ball OK early in the ballgame, but in the sixth, couldn't make a pitch."

Jason Michaels helped the Astros get off to a fast start. Michaels, who got the start in center with Michael Bourn resting a sore groin, hit a two-run double and scored on Kaz Matsui's two-out single to make it 3-0 in the first inning.

Pablo Sandoval singled in a pair of runs in the third for the Giants and sparked San Francisco's rally in the sixth. He singled with one out, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on Ryan Garko's single to left.

Aaron Rowand followed with a double to the left-field corner and Moehler intentionally walked Edgar Renteria to load the bases for Whiteside, who hammered the right-hander's first pitch high over the left-field wall for the Giants' third slam of the season.

"That's one I know he'll always remember - tie ballgame, bases loaded," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It won the game for us."

Garko added a run-scoring triple in the seventh against Chris Sampson and the Giants tacked on two more runs in the ninth against Alberto Arias.

Hunter Pence hit a two-run homer in the ninth for Houston.

The Giants won for the 10th time in 14 games and rallied from three runs down to win for the first time this season.


  • Astros RHP Roy Oswalt threw about 40-50 pitches off flat ground and is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Friday. Oswalt left his last start with an irritated disk and said he was still feeling discomfort after a bullpen session on Monday. General manager Ed Wade hopes Oswalt will be ready to start Tuesday's game in Florida.
  • Astros LHP Wandy Rodriguez threw a bullpen session and Wade was hopeful that he could start Sunday's game against Milwaukee.
  • The Giants optioned RHP Waldis Joaquin to Triple-A Fresno. The 22-year-old Joaquin made his major league debut on Tuesday night, allowing a run and two hits in the ninth inning of the Giants' 8-1 win. The Giants also placed RHP Henry Sosa on the 60-day disabled list with a torn shoulder muscle.
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Catcher Eli Whiteside assists pitcher Joe Martinez during the game, especially with his first career home run.  (AP)
Catcher Eli Whiteside assists pitcher Joe Martinez during the game, especially with his first career home run. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

P. Sandoval
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0

H. Pence
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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San Francisco Giants
Eugenio Velez, LF5110021 .316
Randy Winn, RF5110010 .267
Freddy Sanchez, 2B5130001 .300
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4232011 .334
Ryan Garko, 1B4122003 .283
    Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .500
   a- John Bowker, PH1011000 .182
    Bob Howry, P0000000 .000
    Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
Aaron Rowand, CF5110022 .277
Edgar Renteria, SS3100100 .254
Eli Whiteside, C4114010 .226
Joe Martinez, P2100000 .000
   b- Fred Lewis, PH1000010 .255
    Brandon Medders, P0000000 .000
   c- Travis Ishikawa, PH-1B1000010 .271
a-tripled for Affeldt in the 9th
b-struck out for Martinez in the 6th
c-struck out for Medders in the 8th
2B - Pablo Sandoval (32, Moehler), Aaron Rowand (28, Moehler)
3B - Ryan Garko (1, Sampson), John Bowker (1, Arias)
HR - Eli Whiteside (1, Moehler)
RBI - Pablo Sandoval 2 (67), Ryan Garko 2 (42), John Bowker (5), Eli Whiteside 4 (7)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Garko (19), John Bowker (2)
CS - Pablo Sandoval (3, 2nd base by Moehler/Rodriguez)
Team LOB - 5
San Francisco Giants
Joe Martinez (W,2-0) 5733040 5.87
Brandon Medders 2211000 2.84
Sergio Romo 0.1100000 5.19
Jeremy Affeldt 0.2000110 1.50
Bob Howry 0.2222021 3.92
Brian Wilson 0.1000000 3.02
HBP - Keppinger (by Bob Howry)
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Martinez 93-62, Brandon Medders 21-15, Sergio Romo 6-3, Jeremy Affeldt 12-5, Bob Howry 26-15, Brian Wilson 4-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Martinez 7-4, Brandon Medders 4-2, Jeremy Affeldt 1-0, Brian Wilson 1-0
Batters Faced - Joe Martinez 22, Brandon Medders 8, Sergio Romo 2, Jeremy Affeldt 3, Bob Howry 5, Brian Wilson 1
Houston Astros
Kazuo Matsui, 2B5011011 .253
Jeff Keppinger, 3B4111001 .268
Hunter Pence, RF5122001 .293
Carlos Lee, LF5020011 .313
Miguel Tejada, SS5010002 .322
Geoff Blum, 1B3110101 .265
Ivan Rodriguez, C4110010 .248
Jason Michaels, CF4112022 .196
Brian Moehler, P2010011 .034
    Tim Byrdak, P0000000 .000
    Chris Sampson, P0000000 .000
   a- Matt Kata, PH1110000 .217
    Jeff Fulchino, P0000000 .333
    Alberto Arias, P0000000 .000
   b- Chris Coste, PH1000010 .233
a-singled for Sampson in the 7th
b-struck out for Arias in the 9th
2B - Carlos Lee 2 (23, Martinez, Howry), Jason Michaels (9, Martinez)
HR - Hunter Pence (14, Howry)
RBI - Kazuo Matsui (28), Jeff Keppinger (19), Hunter Pence 2 (45), Jason Michaels 2 (9)
2-OUT RBI - Kazuo Matsui (10), Jeff Keppinger (8), Hunter Pence 2 (20)
SB - Kazuo Matsui (12, 2nd base off Martinez/Whiteside)
Team LOB - 8
E - Miguel Tejada (14, Misplayed grounder)
Houston Astros
Brian Moehler (L,7-7) 6976151 5.23
Tim Byrdak 0.2111010 3.55
Chris Sampson 0.1100010 3.81
Jeff Fulchino 1000010 3.51
Alberto Arias 1222010 2.66
IBB - Renteria by Brian Moehler
HBP - Sandoval (by Alberto Arias)
WP - Brian Moehler (4), Alberto Arias (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Brian Moehler 89-59, Tim Byrdak 11-7, Chris Sampson 9-6, Jeff Fulchino 14-9, Alberto Arias 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Moehler 6-7, Jeff Fulchino 1-1, Alberto Arias 2-0
Batters Faced - Brian Moehler 28, Tim Byrdak 3, Chris Sampson 2, Jeff Fulchino 3, Alberto Arias 6
Game Information
Attendance - 31710
Game Time - 3:05
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Chuck Meriwether, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Mike Reilly