Cleveland at San Francisco

W: T. Hudson (3-1) L: C. Carrasco (0-3)
HR: CLE - None   SF - M. Morse (6)

Giants 5, Indians 1 wire reports

SAN FRANCISCO -- Michael Morse homered to back another stellar outing by Tim Hudson, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Cleveland Indians 5-1 on Friday night.

Hunter Pence had two hits and two RBI while Brandon Crawford also knocked in a run to help the Giants win in their first interleague game of the season after going just 6-14 against the American League in 2013.

Hudson (3-1) scattered four hits over seven innings and struck out five. He walked two, ending an impressive streak of 30 consecutive innings without one.

Michael Bourn tripled and scored Cleveland's only run. Jason Kipnis and Nick Swisher added two hits apiece for the Indians, who lost for just the second time in six games.

The Giants jumped on Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco for two runs in the first inning, then rode the pitching of Hudson and two relievers to the win in their first game against a team outside of the NL West this season.

Hudson had not issued a walk in his first four starts this season before giving up a free pass to Carlos Santana with two outs in the first. It was the longest walk-less streak to start a season by a pitcher in the majors since Tiny Bonham's 33-inning stretch for the New York Yankees in 1944.

Hudson also walked Santana in the sixth. Beyond that, San Francisco's crafty right-hander was solid in his first start against the Indians since May 30, 2004. He pitched out of two-out, two-on jam in the first and retired nine straight after giving up an RBI single to Nick Swisher in the third.

Jeremy Affeldt pitched a scoreless eighth and Javier Lopez worked the ninth to complete the five-hitter.

Morse, who homered twice in Wednesday's extra-inning win over Colorado, made it hold up with a sacrifice fly in the first and a leadoff home run in the fourth, a booming shot to center on an 0-2 pitch from Carrasco.

Pence added an RBI triple in the first and an RBI single in the third. Both times he drove in Angel Pagan.

Carlos Carrasco (0-3) allowed four runs over six innings. The right-hander, winless over his past 17 starts dating to 2011, struck out six and walked one.

He didn't get much support, either.

The Indians had two runners on in the first, sixth and eighth but failed to score each time. The bottom six spots in Cleveland's lineup went 0-for-21.

Pagan had two hits in his return to the Giants lineup after being limited to a pinch-hitting role on Wednesday. San Francisco's leadoff hitter underwent an MRI on Thursday and was diagnosed with what manager Bruce Bochy called a ''chronic small tear'' of the patella tendon in his right knee.

The Giants made it 5-1 when slumping Pablo Sandoval tripled in the seventh and scored on Brandon Crawford's single. Sandoval, who went into the game batting just .165, was dropped to sixth in the Giants' order and went 1-for-3.


Bochy said he plans to keep Morse in the No. 5 spot as protection for cleanup hitter Buster Posey. Morse leads the Giants with 17 RBIs. ... RHP Tim Lincecum (1-1), who pitches for San Francisco on Saturday, has struck out 24 hitters in 21 innings. ... RHP Zach McAllister (3-0) goes for the Indians and has not allowed a home run in 31 consecutive innings dating to 2013.

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Players of the Game
San Francisco

M. Morse
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 1

N. Swisher
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0

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Nick Swisher, 1B4021010 .217
Jason Kipnis, 2B4020002 .256
Carlos Santana, C2000213 .133
Michael Brantley, LF4000026 .282
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS4000002 .226
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B3000010 .400
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   b-Elliot Johnson, PH1000000 .083
   Josh Outman, P0000000 .000
   Chen-Chang Lee, P0000000 .000
   Scott Atchison, P0000000 .000
   c-Ryan Raburn, PH0000100 .184
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b-grounded out for Carrasco in the 7th
c-walked for Atchison in the 9th
3B - Michael Bourn (2, Hudson)
RBI - Nick Swisher (9)
SB - Jason Kipnis (4, 2nd base off Affeldt/Posey), Asdrubal Cabrera (2, 3rd base off Lopez/Posey)
Team LOB - 9
Cleveland Indians
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Scott Atchison 1000000 2.70
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Batters Faced - Carlos Carrasco 23, Josh Outman 2, Chen-Chang Lee 3, Scott Atchison 3
San Francisco Giants
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   Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
   Javier Lopez, P0000000 .000
Hunter Pence, RF4122000 .250
Brandon Belt, 1B4000031 .286
Buster Posey, C3000110 .219
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   Juan Perez, LF-CF0000000 .000
Pablo Sandoval, 3B3110011 .171
Brandon Crawford, SS3011000 .262
Brandon Hicks, 2B3000011 .233
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   a-Gregor Blanco, PH-LF1000001 .100
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3B - Hunter Pence (1, Carrasco), Pablo Sandoval (1, Outman)
HR - Michael Morse (6, Carrasco)
SF - Michael Morse (1)
RBI - Hunter Pence 2 (6), Michael Morse 2 (17), Brandon Crawford (9)
SB - Angel Pagan (4, 2nd base off Carrasco/Santana)
CS - Hunter Pence (1, 2nd base by Carrasco/Santana)
Team LOB - 2
E - Hunter Pence (1, Dropped line drive)
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Javier Lopez 1000110 0.00
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Batters Faced - Tim Hudson 27, Jeremy Affeldt 5, Javier Lopez 5
Game Information
Attendance - 41296
Game Time - 2:42
Temperature - 52
Umpires - Home - Marcus Pattillo, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - Scott Barry, Third Base - Jeff Nelson