Sandoval hits 3-run homer, Giants rout King Felix, Mariners

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Pablo Sandoval's role with the Giants is much different now.

''A guy who's going to be an important pinch hitter for us,'' manager Bruce Bochy said, praising the Panda's efforts to stay ready at all times.

That didn't keep Sandoval from calling his shot during a pregame chat with teammate Andrew McCutchen.

Sandoval splashed a three-run homer into McCovey Cove while making a rare start, Johnny Cueto earned his first win of the season and San Francisco jumped all over Seattle ace Felix Hernandez in a 10-1 rout of the Mariners on Wednesday.

''It's one of those days you came to the park and felt great,'' Sandoval said. ''One of those days you feel something is going to happen.''

Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford and Gorkys Hernandez also homered as the Giants got their bats going at last to back Cueto (1-0).

San Francisco rebounded quickly after losing its home opener a day earlier. Sandoval drew a bases-loaded walk to put the Giants ahead against Hernandez (1-1) in the first, when they also scored runs on a wild pitch and Crawford's sacrifice fly.

Gorkys Hernandez connected leading off the second. He was a last-minute lineup replacement for injured Hunter Pence, with Hernandez playing center field and Gregor Blanco shifting from center to Pence's spot in left. Hernandez had a career-high 310 at-bats last season but failed to clear the fences.

''Last year I had nothing,'' he said. ''So now I have one.''

Belt started the fifth with a drive to left. Sandoval's drive into the water three batters later chased Felix Hernandez, and Crawford followed with his first homer.

Sandoval, the 2012 World Series MVP, got a start at third base in place of Evan Longoria to get some at-bats. His eight career splash-hit homers are second-most in ballpark history behind 35 by home run king Barry Bonds.

It was the first time the Giants hit three homers in one inning since June 2, 2016, at Atlanta - also in the fifth. They last did it at home on May 7, 2007, in the fifth inning as well, against the Mets.

Belt added an RBI single in the seventh.

Ichiro Suzuki started in left field for Seattle and went 0 for 3 with a strikeout. It marked Suzuki's first appearance playing in San Francisco while with the Mariners since he hit an inside-the-park homer in the 2007 All-Star Game. He didn't appear in the series opener Tuesday.

''A lot of things Ichiro does is cool,'' Seattle manager Scott Servais said before the game. ''He's an unbelievably great player. We all have different Ichiro memories. I'm looking forward to making some new ones.''

Cueto pumped his fist walking off the mound after getting Suzuki to line out to left, ending the sixth with runners on second and third. The right-hander allowed eight hits and one run in six innings. He struck out one and walked two.

TOUGH TO BE KING

King Felix walked five or more batters for the 15th time in his career. He was tagged for eight runs and six hits in four-plus innings. He gave up three homers for the first time since Aug. 15, 2015, in a 22-10 loss at Boston. Also, his eight earned runs allowed to the Giants were the right-hander's most since giving up 10 that same day versus the Red Sox.

''Zero command of my fastball,'' Hernandez said. ''I fell behind most of the time. When you're behind and have to come down the middle, it hurts. That's what happened.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: C Mike Zunino (strained left oblique) went through a workout Tuesday and will likely have a strenuous session Thursday with the hopes he could join the team during its weekend series at Minnesota. ... RHP Erasmo Ramirez (strained right lat muscle) pitched a simulated game for Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday and ''he continues to move in the right direction,'' Servais said. ... Nelson Cruz is feeling better nursing his sprained right ankle.

Giants: Pence was a late scratch after he sprained his right thumb diving for Robinson Cano's RBI double in the fifth inning Tuesday. He could be ready to start again Friday after a day off. ... RHP Jeff Samardzija, on the disabled list with a right pectoral strain, will throw another bullpen session Friday before likely beginning a rehab assignment.

UP NEXT

Mariners: Seattle sent Thursday starter James Paxton (0-1, 11.57 ERA) on a flight ahead of the team to get settled given the cold forecast in Minnesota.

Giants: Open a home series against the rival Dodgers on Friday, with Derek Holland (0-1) starting opposite Kenta Maeda (1-0).

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  • W: J. Cueto (1-0)L: F. Hernandez (1-1)
  • HR: SF - P. Sandoval (1), G. Hernandez (1), B. Crawford (1), B. Belt (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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G. Heredia CF10000012.167.250.167.417-0.5
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R. Cano 2B41200002.500.550.6671.2173.0
A. Romine 2B00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
M. Haniger RF20100212.467.600.9331.5332.5
K. Seager 3B40000016.167.250.222.472-0.5
D. Vogelbach 1B40210000.222.222.333.5564.0
M. Marjama C40100003.100.100.200.3002.0
I. Suzuki LF30000013.167.167.167.333-0.5
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T. Motter LF20100010.500.500.5001.0000.5
  • a-walked for LeBlanc in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Panik 2B21000213.381.458.8101.2682.5
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B. Belt 1B42321111.353.450.5881.03810.5
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H. Strickland P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
P. Sandoval 3B41141110.333.429.8331.2629.5
B. Crawford SS41221000.250.273.400.6738.0
G. Blanco LF50100002.444.500.5561.0561.0
G. Hernandez CF41311000.500.5001.0001.5008.0
J. Cueto P20000012.000.000.000.000-0.5
J. Osich P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- N. Hundley PH-C11100000.167.286.167.4522.0
  • a-walked for Panik in the 7th
  • b-flied out for Watson in the 8th
  • c-singled for Osich in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Vogelbach, M. Marjama
  • RBI - D. Vogelbach
BATTING
  • HR - B. Belt, P. Sandoval, B. Crawford, G. Hernandez
  • SF - B. Crawford
  • SH - J. Cueto
  • RBI - B. Belt 2 (2), P. Sandoval 4 (4), B. Crawford 2 (2), G. Hernandez
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Belt
BASERUNNING
  • Picked Off - J. Segura
FIELDING
  • E - F. Hernandez
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
F. Hernandez (L, 1-1)4.06885137.711.61-11.5
J. Pazos1.03111219.004.00-1.0
W. LeBlanc3.03111103.001.334.5
PITCHERSIP
F. Hernandez (L, 1-1)4.0
J. Pazos1.0
W. LeBlanc3.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Cueto (W, 1-0)6.08112100.690.8517.5
J. Osich1.01001206.751.882.0
T. Watson1.00000100.000.333.5
H. Strickland1.01001100.001.001.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Cueto (W, 1-0)6.0
J. Osich1.0
T. Watson1.0
H. Strickland1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - F. Hernandez, J. Pazos
  • Pitches-Strikes - F. Hernandez 87-48, J. Pazos 30-17, W. LeBlanc 43-30
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Hernandez 6-5, W. LeBlanc 4-4
  • Batters Faced - F. Hernandez 23, J. Pazos 7, W. LeBlanc 13
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Cueto 89-53, J. Osich 19-11, T. Watson 12-9, H. Strickland 16-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Cueto 6-9, J. Osich 1-0, T. Watson 2-0, H. Strickland 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Cueto 26, J. Osich 5, T. Watson 3, H. Strickland 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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G. Heredia CF10000012.167.250.167.417-0.5
J. Segura SS40100104.350.409.450.8592.0
R. Cano 2B41200002.500.550.6671.2173.0
A. Romine 2B00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
M. Haniger RF20100212.467.600.9331.5332.5
K. Seager 3B40000016.167.250.222.472-0.5
D. Vogelbach 1B40210000.222.222.333.5564.0
M. Marjama C40100003.100.100.200.3002.0
I. Suzuki LF30000013.167.167.167.333-0.5
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F. Hernandez P20000001.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-walked for LeBlanc in the 9th
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J. Panik 2B21000213.381.458.8101.2682.5
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B. Belt 1B42321111.353.450.5881.03810.5
A. McCutchen RF41000108.083.120.125.2452.0
B. Posey C32100100.300.391.400.7914.0
T. Watson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- H. Pence PH10000000.211.211.263.4740.0
H. Strickland P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
P. Sandoval 3B41141110.333.429.8331.2629.5
B. Crawford SS41221000.250.273.400.6738.0
G. Blanco LF50100002.444.500.5561.0561.0
G. Hernandez CF41311000.500.5001.0001.5008.0
J. Cueto P20000012.000.000.000.000-0.5
J. Osich P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- N. Hundley PH-C11100000.167.286.167.4522.0
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  • a-walked for Panik in the 7th
  • b-flied out for Watson in the 8th
  • c-singled for Osich in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Vogelbach, M. Marjama
  • RBI - D. Vogelbach
BATTING
  • HR - B. Belt, P. Sandoval, B. Crawford, G. Hernandez
  • SF - B. Crawford
  • SH - J. Cueto
  • RBI - B. Belt 2 (2), P. Sandoval 4 (4), B. Crawford 2 (2), G. Hernandez
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Belt
BASERUNNING
  • Picked Off - J. Segura
FIELDING
  • E - F. Hernandez
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
F. Hernandez (L, 1-1)4.06885137.711.61-11.5
J. Pazos1.03111219.004.00-1.0
W. LeBlanc3.03111103.001.334.5
Total8.0121010744---
PITCHERSIP
F. Hernandez (L, 1-1)4.0
J. Pazos1.0
W. LeBlanc3.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Cueto (W, 1-0)6.08112100.690.8517.5
J. Osich1.01001206.751.882.0
T. Watson1.00000100.000.333.5
H. Strickland1.01001100.001.001.5
Total9.01011450---
PITCHERSIP
J. Cueto (W, 1-0)6.0
J. Osich1.0
T. Watson1.0
H. Strickland1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - F. Hernandez, J. Pazos
  • Pitches-Strikes - F. Hernandez 87-48, J. Pazos 30-17, W. LeBlanc 43-30
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Hernandez 6-5, W. LeBlanc 4-4
  • Batters Faced - F. Hernandez 23, J. Pazos 7, W. LeBlanc 13
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Cueto 89-53, J. Osich 19-11, T. Watson 12-9, H. Strickland 16-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Cueto 6-9, J. Osich 1-0, T. Watson 2-0, H. Strickland 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Cueto 26, J. Osich 5, T. Watson 3, H. Strickland 4
  • 7TH INNING
    Belt singled to center, Hundley scored, Tomlinson to third110
  • 6TH INNING
    Vogelbach doubled to deep left, Cano scored, Haniger to third19
  • 5TH INNING
    Crawford homered to right center09
    Sandoval homered to right, McCutchen and Posey scored08
    Belt homered to left05
  • 2ND INNING
    Hernandez homered to center04
  • 1ST INNING
    Crawford hit sacrifice fly to center, Posey scored, Sandoval to third03
    Belt scored, Posey to third, Sandoval to second on wild pitch02
    Sandoval walked, Panik scored, Belt to third, Posey to second01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Hunter Strickland pitching
    • David Freitas hit for Wade LeBlanc
    • D. Freitas: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Freitas walked
    • T. Motter: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Motter singled to left, Freitas to second
    • G. Heredia: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Heredia struck out swinging
    • J. Segura: Segura grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Motter out at second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Tony Watson pitching
    • K. Seager: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Seager struck out on foul tip
    • D. Vogelbach: Strike swinging, Ball, Vogelbach grounded out to first
    • M. Marjama: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Marjama grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Hunter Pence hit for Tony Watson
    • H. Pence: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Pence flied out to right
    • P. Sandoval: Strike looking, Sandoval fouled out to catcher
    • B. Crawford: Foul, Foul, Crawford singled to left
    • G. Blanco: Ball, Blanco grounded out to second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Josh Osich relieved Johnny Cueto
    • T. Motter: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Motter struck out swinging
    • D. Gordon: Ball, Gordon grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Segura: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Segura walked
    • R. Cano: Ball, Cano singled to left, Segura to second
    • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Haniger struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Guillermo Heredia in center
    • Andrew Romine at second
    • G. Blanco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Blanco grounded out to second
    • G. Hernandez: Strike looking, Hernandez flied out to center
    • Nick Hundley hit for Josh Osich
    • N. Hundley: Hundley singled to right
    • Kelby Tomlinson hit for Joe Panik
    • K. Tomlinson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Tomlinson walked, Hundley to second
    • B. Belt: Belt singled to center, Hundley scored, Tomlinson to third
    • A. McCutchen: Foul, Foul, McCutchen lined out to right
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Cueto Pitching:
    • R. Cano: Strike looking, Ball, Cano singled to center
    • M. Haniger: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Haniger walked, Cano to second
    • K. Seager: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Seager flied out to center, Cano to third
    • D. Vogelbach: Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Vogelbach doubled to deep left, Cano scored, Haniger to third
    • M. Marjama: Ball, Ball, Foul, Marjama lined out to third
    • I. Suzuki: Ball, Foul, Ball, Suzuki lined out to left
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Wade LeBlanc pitching
    • Taylor Motter in left
    • B. Posey: Strike looking, Posey grounded out to third
    • P. Sandoval: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Sandoval struck out looking
    • B. Crawford: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Crawford grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Cueto Pitching:
    • F. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Hernandez grounded out to third
    • D. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gordon grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Segura: Strike looking, Segura singled to center
    • R. Cano: Segura picked off at first, pitcher to first
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • F. Hernandez Pitching:
    • B. Belt: Ball, Ball, Belt homered to left
    • A. McCutchen: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, McCutchen walked
    • B. Posey: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Posey walked, McCutchen to second
    • P. Sandoval: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Sandoval homered to right, McCutchen and Posey scored
    • James Pazos relieved Felix Hernandez
    • B. Crawford: Ball, Ball, Crawford homered to right center
    • G. Blanco: Blanco singled to left
    • G. Hernandez: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Hernandez singled to center, Blanco to second
    • J. Cueto: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cueto struck out swinging
    • J. Panik: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Panik struck out looking
    • B. Belt: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Blanco to third, Hernandez to second on wild pitch, Ball, Belt walked
    • A. McCutchen: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, McCutchen lined out to center
    • End of the 5th (5 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Cueto Pitching:
    • D. Vogelbach: Ball, Ball, Vogelbach singled to shallow right
    • M. Marjama: Foul, Ball, Marjama grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Vogelbach out at second
    • I. Suzuki: Foul, Ball, Foul, Suzuki lined out to second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • F. Hernandez Pitching:
    • G. Blanco: Ball, Strike looking, Blanco grounded out to first
    • G. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Hernandez singled to center
    • J. Cueto: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Cueto hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Hernandez to second
    • J. Panik: Panik lined out to center
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Cueto Pitching:
    • D. Gordon: Ball, Gordon reached on bunt single to pitcher
    • J. Segura: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Segura flied out to center
    • R. Cano: Cano flied out to left
    • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Haniger singled to center, Gordon to third
    • K. Seager: Ball, Strike swinging, Seager lined out to right
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • F. Hernandez Pitching:
    • B. Posey: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Posey grounded out to shortstop
    • P. Sandoval: Strike looking, Sandoval lined out to left
    • B. Crawford: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Crawford lined out to center
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Cueto Pitching:
    • D. Vogelbach: Ball, Vogelbach flied out to right
    • M. Marjama: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Marjama doubled to left
    • I. Suzuki: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Suzuki struck out looking
    • F. Hernandez: Hernandez grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • F. Hernandez Pitching:
    • G. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Hernandez homered to center
    • J. Cueto: Cueto grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Panik: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Panik walked
    • B. Belt: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Belt struck out swinging
    • A. McCutchen: Panik to second on Hernandez fielding error, Strike looking, McCutchen grounded out to third
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Cueto Pitching:
    • D. Gordon: Gordon singled to center
    • J. Segura: Segura grounded out to third, Gordon to second
    • R. Cano: Strike looking, Ball, Cano grounded out to first, Gordon to third
    • M. Haniger: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Haniger walked
    • K. Seager: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Seager flied out to left
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • F. Hernandez Pitching:
    • J. Panik: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Panik walked
    • B. Belt: Belt singled to center, Panik to second
    • A. McCutchen: Ball, McCutchen flied out to right
    • B. Posey: Ball, Strike swinging, Posey reached on an infield single to pitcher, Panik to third, Belt to second
    • P. Sandoval: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Sandoval walked, Panik scored, Belt to third, Posey to second
    • B. Crawford: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Belt scored, Posey to third, Sandoval to second on wild pitch, Crawford hit sacrifice fly to center, Posey scored, Sandoval to third
    • G. Blanco: Blanco grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)