Cueto dazzles in season debut, Giants beat Pirates 5-4

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Cap on backward, Johnny Cueto punctuated his pitches with confident head shakes and fist pumps.

''Dia De Cueto,'' read the sign held by one of his sons.

The Day of Cueto, indeed.

Cueto dazzled over five shutout innings in his long-awaited season debut for San Francisco, showing he can reach top form again 13 months after Tommy John surgery while leading the Giants over the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4 on Tuesday night.

''Like it was opening day,'' he said.

The charismatic right-hander, far fitter and stronger than before he got hurt, allowed one hit, struck out four and walked one. He had been scheduled to throw about 70 pitches and wound up at 69.

Stephen Vogt hit a two-run homer and drove in four runs. His two-run single in the first off rookie Mitch Keller (1-4) staked Cueto to a quick lead and Brandon Crawford added an RBI single as four of the first five batters got hits.

''That was a special night for Johnny, just so much hard work and coming back from so much,'' said Vogt, who caught Cueto's comeback outing. ''Getting to be a small part of that with him was pretty special for me. It's been a long road for him to come back. He was just so happy today - before the game, during the game, after the game you could just tell he was having fun.''

Cueto went 1-2-3 in the first on 11 pitches with a strikeout and two groundouts before turning his cap around just for fun and pumping his fists.

He punched his hand into his glove in celebration, chomping his gum all the while.

''That's my game, every time I pitch just try to have fun,'' he said.

Cueto, who pitched his first 7 1/2 seasons with Cincinnati, is 21-4 with a 2.13 ERA over 31 career regular-season starts against the Pirates. He has won nine straight decisions, not including playoffs, facing Pittsburgh since his last loss on May 30, 2012.

Cueto drew cheers from the small number of fans in the ballpark when he took the field to warm up some 30 minutes before first pitch, then received a rousing ovation during pregame introductions.

The 33-year-old Cueto pitched in the big leagues for the first time since July 28 last year. He came back in better shape than before thanks in large part to a healthier diet that included fish and salads.

Cueto won 18 games for San Francisco in 2016 and started the All-Star game that year while dealing with the discomfort he referred to as stabbing pain in the pitching elbow for three years . He's in the fourth season of a $130 million, six-year contract he signed before the 2016 season.

''It's easy when you're in a situation like Johnny's, you can be comfortable. You're set for life but he wants to get back and compete, and compete at the highest level. He's taken such great care of himself and worked hard to get to this point,'' manager Bruce Bochy said before the game.

Shaun Anderson earned his first save as the Giants won at home for only the sixth time in their last 18 games. Keller had left his start last Tuesday against the Marlins after taking a line drive off the wrist on his pitching hand in the second inning.

UMPIRE INJURED

Plate umpire Paul Emmel was replaced in the top of the sixth by second base umpire Mike Estabrook. Emmel took a pitch from Keller off his right hand.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: RHP Kyle Crick required season-ending surgery on the index finger of his pitching hand resulting from an injury sustained in a clubhouse altercation with fellow reliever Felipe Vazquez before Monday's game, and the Pirates held a team meeting Tuesday. ''One of those clubhouse altercations. A lot of bickering back and forth. Punches were thrown,'' Crick said. ''You kind of have to at some point stand up for yourself and start throwing back. It's one of those deals where it's unfortunate. It's two losers in this deal. Nobody can win fighting a teammate. It's just an unfortunate deal.'' Both players were fined an undisclosed amount. Crick underwent a procedure Tuesday to repair the extensor tendon, performed by Dr. Scott Hanson in San Francisco. The club expects him to be ready for games come spring training. ''The behavior exhibited by these two players last night is unacceptable, inconsistent with the standards expected of a major league player and will not be tolerated by the organization,'' general manager Neal Huntington said. No other details of what happened were provided. ... CF Starling Marte was out of the lineup for a second straight game nursing a tender left wrist that he sprained catching a flyball Sunday against St. Louis. Manager Clint Hurdle said he could be available to pinch-run but of batting said, ''We're going to work on the hitting part of it.''

Giants: Closer Will Smith is dealing with back inflammation and it's unclear when he will pitch again. ''We're trying to get him back to where he's comfortable throwing off the mound. He's not quite there yet,'' Bochy said. ... OF Alex Dickerson missed his seventh straight game with a right oblique injury but the hope is he will return this weekend against Miami. He was scheduled to do more hitting off a tee. ''If he can take a swing without making a grimace I'll put him in there,'' Bochy said. ... LHP Williams Jerez designated for assignment as the Giants cleared 40-man roster room for Cueto's return.

UP NEXT

RHP Dario Agrazal (4-4, 4.94 ERA) faces the Giants for the first time pitching opposite RHP Logan Webb (1-1, 6.50), making his fifth major league start.

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  • W: J. Cueto (1-0)L: M. Keller (1-4)S: S. Anderson (1)
  • HR: PIT - J. Bell (37), SF - S. Vogt (9)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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B. Reynolds CF41200012.330.392.529.9222.5
C. Moran 3B30000013.282.329.444.773-0.5
a- M. Cabrera PH-RF11120000.282.315.407.7225.0
J. Bell 1B41121003.279.369.578.9477.0
J. Osuna RF40000010.256.299.492.791-0.5
F. Liriano P000000001.0001.0001.0002.0000.0
A. Frazier 2B40000010.277.335.418.753-0.5
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M. Keller P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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c- P. Reyes PH-3B20000011.173.250.276.526-0.5
  • a-doubled for Moran in the 8th
  • b-singled for Keller in the 6th
  • c-grounded out for Holmes in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Dubon 2B41200000.308.325.538.8634.0
B. Belt 1B41100022.232.340.398.7382.0
E. Longoria 3B41100023.259.324.448.7711.0
S. Vogt C42241020.274.326.516.84310.0
B. Posey C00000000.257.324.370.6940.0
K. Pillar CF40200000.262.289.451.7392.0
B. Crawford SS40110001.226.298.356.6542.0
J. Davis RF30000012.133.235.133.369-0.5
A. Slater LF30000000.262.370.475.8450.0
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S. Anderson P00000000.080.115.120.2350.0
  • a-grounded out for Suarez in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Cabrera (21)
  • HR - J. Bell (37)
  • SH - M. Keller
  • RBI - M. Cabrera 2 (46), J. Bell 2 (116)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Cabrera 2 (26), J. Bell 2 (41)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Reynolds (35), P. Reyes
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Dubon (3), B. Belt (27)
  • HR - S. Vogt (9)
  • RBI - S. Vogt 4 (35), B. Crawford (55)
  • 2-Out RBI - S. Vogt 2 (12)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Belt (56), E. Longoria (33), B. Crawford
FIELDING
  • DP - (Newman-Frazier-Bell)
  • E - K. Newman (10)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Longoria-Dubon-Belt)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Keller (L, 1-4)5.09550718.291.87-0.5
C. Holmes2.00000105.681.656.5
F. Liriano1.00000103.461.373.5
PITCHERSIP
M. Keller (L, 1-4)5.0
C. Holmes2.0
F. Liriano1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Cueto (W, 1-0)5.01001400.000.4022.0
K. Barraclough0.01001006.671.84-2.0
A. Suarez2.01000106.491.715.5
S. Coonrod0.22220003.221.12-4.0
W. Peralta0.02220016.551.57-4.0
S. Anderson (S, 1)1.10001205.141.5310.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Cueto (W, 1-0)5.0
K. Barraclough0.0
A. Suarez2.0
S. Coonrod0.2
W. Peralta0.0
S. Anderson (S, 1)1.1
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Keller 93-70, C. Holmes 27-18, F. Liriano 8-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Keller 7-0, C. Holmes 5-1, F. Liriano 2-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Keller 23, C. Holmes 7, F. Liriano 3
PITCHING
  • WP - K. Barraclough (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Cueto 69-43, K. Barraclough 7-2, A. Suarez 26-18, S. Coonrod 12-8, W. Peralta 9-6, S. Anderson 26-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Cueto 8-3, A. Suarez 2-2, S. Coonrod 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Cueto 17, K. Barraclough 2, A. Suarez 6, S. Coonrod 4, W. Peralta 2, S. Anderson 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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K. Newman SS21100200.313.362.445.8064.0
B. Reynolds CF41200012.330.392.529.9222.5
C. Moran 3B30000013.282.329.444.773-0.5
a- M. Cabrera PH-RF11120000.282.315.407.7225.0
J. Bell 1B41121003.279.369.578.9477.0
J. Osuna RF40000010.256.299.492.791-0.5
F. Liriano P000000001.0001.0001.0002.0000.0
A. Frazier 2B40000010.277.335.418.753-0.5
J. Stallings C30000100.263.337.381.7181.0
S. Marte PR00000000.295.342.503.8450.0
K. Kramer LF40100021.250.400.250.6500.0
M. Keller P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
b- C. Tucker PH10100000.206.270.325.5951.0
C. Holmes P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- P. Reyes PH-3B20000011.173.250.276.526-0.5
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  • a-doubled for Moran in the 8th
  • b-singled for Keller in the 6th
  • c-grounded out for Holmes in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Dubon 2B41200000.308.325.538.8634.0
B. Belt 1B41100022.232.340.398.7382.0
E. Longoria 3B41100023.259.324.448.7711.0
S. Vogt C42241020.274.326.516.84310.0
B. Posey C00000000.257.324.370.6940.0
K. Pillar CF40200000.262.289.451.7392.0
B. Crawford SS40110001.226.298.356.6542.0
J. Davis RF30000012.133.235.133.369-0.5
A. Slater LF30000000.262.370.475.8450.0
J. Cueto P20000020.000.000.000.000-1.0
K. Barraclough P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Suarez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- C. Joseph PH10000000.167.212.271.4820.0
S. Coonrod P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-grounded out for Suarez in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Cabrera (21)
  • HR - J. Bell (37)
  • SH - M. Keller
  • RBI - M. Cabrera 2 (46), J. Bell 2 (116)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Cabrera 2 (26), J. Bell 2 (41)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Reynolds (35), P. Reyes
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Dubon (3), B. Belt (27)
  • HR - S. Vogt (9)
  • RBI - S. Vogt 4 (35), B. Crawford (55)
  • 2-Out RBI - S. Vogt 2 (12)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Belt (56), E. Longoria (33), B. Crawford
FIELDING
  • DP - (Newman-Frazier-Bell)
  • E - K. Newman (10)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Longoria-Dubon-Belt)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Keller (L, 1-4)5.09550718.291.87-0.5
C. Holmes2.00000105.681.656.5
F. Liriano1.00000103.461.373.5
Total8.0955091---
PITCHERSIP
M. Keller (L, 1-4)5.0
C. Holmes2.0
F. Liriano1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Cueto (W, 1-0)5.01001400.000.4022.0
K. Barraclough0.01001006.671.84-2.0
A. Suarez2.01000106.491.715.5
S. Coonrod0.22220003.221.12-4.0
W. Peralta0.02220016.551.57-4.0
S. Anderson (S, 1)1.10001205.141.5310.0
Total9.0744371---
PITCHERSIP
J. Cueto (W, 1-0)5.0
K. Barraclough0.0
A. Suarez2.0
S. Coonrod0.2
W. Peralta0.0
S. Anderson (S, 1)1.1
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Keller 93-70, C. Holmes 27-18, F. Liriano 8-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Keller 7-0, C. Holmes 5-1, F. Liriano 2-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Keller 23, C. Holmes 7, F. Liriano 3
PITCHING
  • WP - K. Barraclough (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Cueto 69-43, K. Barraclough 7-2, A. Suarez 26-18, S. Coonrod 12-8, W. Peralta 9-6, S. Anderson 26-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Cueto 8-3, A. Suarez 2-2, S. Coonrod 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Cueto 17, K. Barraclough 2, A. Suarez 6, S. Coonrod 4, W. Peralta 2, S. Anderson 5
  • 8TH INNING
    Bell homered to left center, Cabrera scored45
    Cabrera doubled to shallow right, Newman and Reynolds scored25
  • 5TH INNING
    Vogt homered to right, Longoria scored05
  • 1ST INNING
    Crawford singled to left center, Vogt scored, Pillar to third03
    Vogt singled to center, Dubon and Belt scored02
  • 9TH INNING
    • Buster Posey catching
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Frazier lined out to center
    • J. Stallings: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Stallings walked
    • Starling Marte ran for Jacob Stallings
    • K. Kramer: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Kramer struck out swinging
    • P. Reyes: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Sam Coonrod pitching
    • K. Kramer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Kramer lined out to center
    • Pablo Reyes hit for Clay Holmes
    • P. Reyes: Ball, Reyes grounded out to second
    • K. Newman: Newman singled to right
    • B. Reynolds: Ball, Reynolds singled to left, Newman to second
    • Wandy Peralta relieved Sam Coonrod
    • Melky Cabrera hit for Colin Moran
    • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Cabrera doubled to shallow right, Newman and Reynolds scored
    • J. Bell: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Bell homered to left center, Cabrera scored
    • Shaun Anderson relieved Wandy Peralta
    • J. Osuna: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Osuna flied out to left
    • Middle of the 8th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Francisco Liriano pitching
    • S. Vogt: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Vogt struck out swinging
    • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Pillar grounded out to third
    • B. Crawford: Strike looking, Crawford grounded out to first
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • A. Suarez Pitching:
    • J. Osuna: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Osuna lined out to right
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Frazier struck out looking
    • J. Stallings: Strike swinging, Ball, Stallings grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Corban Joseph hit for Andrew Suarez
    • C. Joseph: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Joseph grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Dubon: Strike looking, Dubon safe at first on shortstop Newman throwing error
    • B. Belt: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Belt grounded out to first, Dubon to second
    • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Longoria struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Kyle Barraclough relieved Johnny Cueto
    • Cole Tucker hit for Mitch Keller
    • C. Tucker: Strike looking, Ball, Tucker singled to right
    • K. Newman: Ball, Tucker to second on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Ball, Newman walked
    • Andrew Suarez relieved Kyle Barraclough
    • B. Reynolds: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Reynolds singled to left, Tucker to third, Newman to second
    • C. Moran: Foul, Moran popped out to shortstop
    • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Bell grounded into double play third to second to first, Reynolds out at second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Clay Holmes pitching
    • B. Crawford: Crawford grounded out to second
    • J. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis grounded out to pitcher
    • A. Slater: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Slater lined out to right
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Cueto Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Frazier flied out to center
    • J. Stallings: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Stallings grounded out to third
    • K. Kramer: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Kramer struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Keller Pitching:
    • M. Dubon: Foul, Foul, Ball, Dubon grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Belt: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Belt struck out on foul tip
    • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Longoria singled to left
    • S. Vogt: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Vogt homered to right, Longoria scored
    • K. Pillar: Foul, Pillar grounded out to third
    • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Cueto Pitching:
    • C. Moran: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Moran struck out looking
    • J. Bell: Bell flied out to right
    • J. Osuna: Osuna grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Keller Pitching:
    • J. Davis: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
    • A. Slater: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Slater grounded out to second
    • J. Cueto: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Cueto struck out looking
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Cueto Pitching:
    • J. Stallings: Stallings grounded out to second
    • K. Kramer: Strike looking, Ball, Kramer singled to right
    • M. Keller: Ball, Keller hit sacrifice bunt to first, Kramer to second
    • K. Newman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Newman walked
    • B. Reynolds: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Reynolds grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Keller Pitching:
    • E. Longoria: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Longoria grounded out to shortstop
    • S. Vogt: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Vogt struck out swinging
    • K. Pillar: Foul, Pillar singled to center
    • B. Crawford: Ball, Crawford grounded out to first
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Cueto Pitching:
    • J. Bell: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Bell grounded out to third
    • J. Osuna: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Osuna struck out looking
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Frazier flied out to left
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Keller Pitching:
    • A. Slater: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Slater grounded out to second
    • J. Cueto: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Cueto struck out bunting foul
    • M. Dubon: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Dubon doubled to right
    • B. Belt: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul tip, Belt struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Cueto Pitching:
    • K. Newman: Strike looking, Foul, Newman grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Reynolds: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
    • C. Moran: Ball, Ball, Moran grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Keller Pitching:
    • M. Dubon: Strike looking, Ball, Dubon singled to right
    • B. Belt: Ball, Belt doubled to deep right, Dubon to third
    • E. Longoria: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Longoria struck out swinging
    • S. Vogt: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Vogt singled to center, Dubon and Belt scored
    • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Foul, Pillar singled to left, Vogt to second
    • B. Crawford: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Crawford singled to left center, Vogt scored, Pillar to third
    • J. Davis: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Davis grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Crawford out at second
    • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)