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San Francisco salvages split with Marlins behind Sandoval

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Two key players are finding their way for the San Francisco Giants.

Pablo Sandoval homered for the first time in more than a month and Ryan Vogelsong won for just the second time in nine starts, leading the San Francisco Giants past the Miami Marlins 4-1 on Sunday to salvage a split of their four-game series.

Manager Bruce Bochy never doubted these two would get on track.

"They're two guys we need to have success," Bochy said, "Vogey being a starter and Pablo hitting in the heart of the order."

Buster Posey returned from a day off to hit a sacrifice fly, while Tyler Colvin and Brandon Hicks each hit RBI singles in a stretch of four straight base hits with two outs in the first against Jacob Turner.

Staked to an early lead, Vogelsong (2-2) struck out six in seven innings as the Giants concluded a season-long stretch with 17 games in as many days. San Francisco avoided its first three-game home losing streak.

Turner (0-2) is still searching for his first road win, falling to 0-11 in 18 career road starts.

"All I can do is go out and give it everything I have," he said. "Wins, losses, those are things I can't control."

Sandoval connected for his third home run with two outs in the fifth, his first since April 13 against the Rockies. He has struggled so far in a contract year.

Christian Yelich's RBI groundout off Jeremy Affeldt in the eighth accounted for Miami's run. Sergio Romo pitched the ninth for his 15th save.

A day after San Francisco was shut out 5-0 -- its second shutout in five games -- and went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position and stranded nine, the Giants jumped on Turner right away.

The right-hander hit Gregor Blanco to begin the bottom of the first and Blanco stole second, then Posey's sacrifice fly two batters later put the Giants on the board. Eight of San Francisco's 15 runs in the series came with two outs.

Vogelsong did his part, and got some help from the defense with a double play and caught stealing.

The pitcher also had his third hit of the year with a second-inning single.

Vogelsong allowed five hits, struck out at least six for the third time in four May outings, and walked one for his second win of the season. His other victory came May 3 at Atlanta -- and the right-hander stayed optimistic.

"You have to believe that you're going to turn it around and get it going," Vogelsong said.

"That's what my hope was. You have to believe that. If you don't, you're behind the 8-ball to begin with. ... I've read some of the stuff he was saying about Pablo and other people and a lot of it was mental, and it's true.

"First of all, you have to stop digging a hole, to get out of it. Second of all you have to believe that you can do it. When they believe in you, too, that goes a long way. That helps a lot."

Sandoval has raised his batting average to .220 by hitting .389 during a nine-game hitting streak.

Both teams ended grueling May stretches, and Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton didn't play until late.

The Marlins wrapped up their season-long 11-game road trip out West with just their third loss in the past 15 meetings at AT&T Park, where Miami has its best road record since 2011.

The club heads home to put its 17-5 record at Marlins Park on the line against the Phillies.

Giants center fielder Angel Pagan had an MRI on his bruised left shoulder that showed a sprained AC joint, which he hurt trying for a diving catch Saturday. The hope is after sitting out Sunday coupled with Monday's day off he could be ready to play Tuesday at Colorado.

"I'm not really concerned," Pagan said. "Two days off will be good for me."

Injured Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro will have a platelet-rich plasma injection Monday in Miami.

Notes

San Francisco RHP Tim Hudson threw at a higher intensity off flat ground as he nurses a strained left hip that forced him to miss his Friday start. He will have a bullpen session Tuesday ahead of his scheduled start Thursday at Coors Field. ... Giants RF Hunter Pence became the active leader in games played when Texas slugger Prince Fielder sat out Saturday to have his streak end at 547. Pence has appeared in 351 straight games with 216 consecutive starts. He leads the majors in innings played with 409 2-3.

 
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Pablo Sandoval homers for the Giants, his first in more than a month, and also contributes another base hit. (USATSI)
Pablo Sandoval homers for the Giants, his first in more than a month, and also contributes another base hit. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

P. Sandoval
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
San Francisco

R. Vogelsong
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 0
BB 1
K 6
 

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Miami Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS5120004 .271
Derek Dietrich, 2B3010011 .250
Christian Yelich, LF4001011 .257
Casey McGehee, 3B4020000 .294
Garrett Jones, 1B3000113 .256
Ed Lucas, RF3010012 .276
   a-Giancarlo Stanton, PH-RF1000002 .318
Marcell Ozuna, CF4010021 .253
Jeff Mathis, C4020021 .300
Jacob Turner, P0000000 .200
   b-Donovan Solano, PH1000000 .194
   Carter Capps, P0000000 .000
   Brad Hand, P0000000 .000
   c-Reed Johnson, PH1000001 .317
Totals3319118  
a-flied out for Lucas in the 8th
b-grounded out for Turner in the 7th
c-fouled out for Hand in the 9th
Batting
2B - Derek Dietrich (4, Affeldt)
SH - Jacob Turner 2 (3)
RBI - Christian Yelich (15)
CS - Adeiny Hechavarria (4, 2nd base by Vogelsong/Posey)
Team LOB - 9
Miami Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jacob Turner (L,0-2) 6644171 6.59
Carter Capps 1100020 0.90
Brad Hand 1000110 5.91
HBP - Blanco (by Jacob Turner)
Pitches-Strikes - Jacob Turner 109-71, Carter Capps 24-15, Brad Hand 22-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jacob Turner 6-5, Brad Hand 1-1
Batters Faced - Jacob Turner 26, Carter Capps 4, Brad Hand 4
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gregor Blanco, CF2100120 .140
Hunter Pence, RF4010013 .279
Buster Posey, C3001023 .278
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4221002 .220
   Joaquin Arias, 3B0000000 .150
Michael Morse, 1B4110020 .277
Tyler Colvin, LF3011110 .364
Brandon Hicks, 2B4011011 .195
Brandon Crawford, SS3000012 .241
Ryan Vogelsong, P2010000 .176
   a-Ehire Adrianza, PH1000000 .162
   Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
   Santiago Casilla, P0000000 .000
   Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
Totals30474210  
a-flied out for Vogelsong in the 7th
Batting
HR - Pablo Sandoval (3, Turner)
SF - Buster Posey (2)
RBI - Buster Posey (23), Pablo Sandoval (11), Tyler Colvin (4), Brandon Hicks (18)
2-OUT RBI - Pablo Sandoval (5), Tyler Colvin (2), Brandon Hicks (7)
SB - Gregor Blanco (5, 2nd base off Turner/Mathis)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Crawford-Hicks-Morse
E - Brandon Crawford (4, Throwing)
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ryan Vogelsong (W,2-2) 7500160 3.62
Jeremy Affeldt 0.1211000 1.98
Santiago Casilla (H,7) 0.2100010 1.48
Sergio Romo (S,15) 1100010 2.21
HBP - Dietrich (by Ryan Vogelsong)
Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Vogelsong 98-62, Jeremy Affeldt 7-6, Santiago Casilla 19-12, Sergio Romo 14-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Vogelsong 10-4, Jeremy Affeldt 1-0
Batters Faced - Ryan Vogelsong 27, Jeremy Affeldt 3, Santiago Casilla 3, Sergio Romo 4
Game Information
Attendance - 41551
Game Time - 3:04
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Kerwin Danley, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Mark Ripperger, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom