Suarez outduels Wheeler as Giants defeat punchless Mets 7-0

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Chris Shaw is still looking for his first big league hit. However, he already has a game-deciding RBI to savor in his 24-hour-old MLB career.

Shaw and fellow Giants debutante Aramis Garcia drove in the game's first two runs, and rookie left-hander Andrew Suarez outdueled Zack Wheeler as San Francisco beat the New York Mets 7-0 on Friday night.

Shaw, an outfielder called up earlier in the day to replace the traded Andrew McCutchen, lofted a sacrifice fly to center in the seventh inning to break a scoreless tie. Shaw had struck out on six pitches in his previous two at-bats.

''I'll take that stat line any night if it gives us the lead in the seventh,'' Shaw said. ''To be able at that point in the game to put us up 1-0 was incredible.''

Garcia, a catcher also making his first major league appearance, homered leading off the eighth for the Giants' second run and then capped the Giants' six-run inning with an RBI single. Like Shaw, he had struck out in his first two big league at-bats.

Garcia, who watched his family crying on the outfield scoreboard after circling the bases on his homer, said he traded ''a couple of bats, some batting gloves and some signed baseballs'' to the fan who caught the ball in the left-field stands.

''What I like about what happened is they struck out the first two times up and then they found a way to get it done,'' Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. ''It can be a shot in the arm for you when a couple of young kids come up and contribute.''

After giving up a first-inning double to Jeff McNeil, Suarez (6-9) retired 17 straight batters until hitting McNeil with a pitch leading off the seventh. He then gave up a bloop single to Austin Jackson, but worked out of the jam by getting Jay Bruce to hit into an inning-ending double play.

Suarez allowed two hits in seven innings, striking out five out and walking none, despite dealing with a headache starting in the first inning. Tony Watson worked the eighth and Ty Blach pitched the ninth to complete the three-hitter.

Wheeler (9-7) was almost as good, striking out nine and walking none while allowing four hits and one run over seven innings. It was his first loss since June 22 - he had won seven straight decisions. He allowed five earned runs in six August starts.

''I think it's just consistency, mechanically and trusting my stuff. My fastball command has been better,'' he said. ''Everything seems to be working really well right now. I just have trust in my pitches.''

Garcia's homer came off Robert Gsellman. Brandon Belt added a two-run triple later in the inning off Daniel Zamora, and Austin Slater, Gorkys Hernandez and Garcia followed with RBI singles off Drew Smith.

The debuts of Shaw and Garcia marked the first time two position players had made their first big league appearance in the same game for the Giants since first baseman Will Clark and second baseman Robby Thompson debuted on April 8, 1986, at Houston.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mets: 3B David Wright, who has not played since May 2016 while having three surgeries for neck, back and shoulder injuries, rejoined the club to continue his rehabilitation. He is still on the disabled list but said he hopes to be activated sometime in September.

Giants: C Buster Posey, who had right hip surgery on Monday, was on crutches when he visited the Giants' clubhouse before the game. His recovery time is expected to be six to eight months.

NO ''SURRENDER''

Giants executive VP of baseball operations Brian Sabean said after trading McCutchen to the New York Yankees that ''we don't like to surrender,'' but acknowledged a 3-1 home loss to the NL West-leading Diamondbacks on Wednesday was a turning point. The Giants began Friday night in fourth place in the division, 7 1/2 games behind Arizona. ''Simply put, we were hoping to sweep Arizona and we didn't, then the odds became taller,'' he said. ''It was the prudent thing to do. Three teams ahead of us and we're running out of games.''

HIGH PICK

Wheeler was the sixth overall selection by the Giants in the 2009 MLB draft, and was traded as a minor leaguer to the Mets in 2011 for outfielder Carlos Beltran. He has now allowed two runs or fewer in his last eight starts, posting a 1.19 ERA during that span.

VEGAS BOUND

The Giants said infielder Abiatal Avelino, obtained Friday from the Yankees as part of the trade for McCutchen, was assigned to their Triple-A club in Sacramento and would join the River Cats for a season-ending weekend series at Las Vegas.

STREAK ENDS

The Mets, who were shut out for the 11th time this season, had won their five previous games in San Francisco.

UP NEXT

LHP Steven Matz (5-11, 4.36 ERA), who tied his season high by going seven innings in his previous outing, takes the mound for the Mets in the second game of the series. LHP Derek Holland (7-8, 3.65) starts for the Giants, who have won five of his last six starts, although he's only gotten credit for victories in two of those games.

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  • W: A. Suarez (6-9)L: Z. Wheeler (9-7)
  • HR: SF - A. Garcia (1)
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D. Mesoraco C30000010.210.294.373.667-0.5
B. Nimmo LF30100000.269.387.501.8892.0
J. Reyes SS30000001.198.267.337.6040.0
Z. Wheeler P20000010.170.167.213.379-0.5
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  • a-grounded out for Wheeler in the 8th
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A. Hanson SS40000022.264.287.435.722-1.0
E. Longoria 3B31100110.243.282.421.7032.5
B. Belt 1B42220011.264.352.439.7918.5
A. Slater RF41210001.277.371.343.7145.0
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A. Garcia C41221020.500.5001.2501.7507.0
A. Suarez P20000010.075.119.075.194-0.5
G. Blanco LF21100012.244.290.358.6482.5
  • a-walked for Watson in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. McNeil (6), B. Nimmo (22)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Flores, M. Conforto
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Panik (13), B. Belt (18), A. Slater (6), G. Blanco (5)
  • 3B - B. Belt (2)
  • HR - A. Garcia
  • SF - C. Shaw
  • RBI - B. Belt 2 (46), A. Slater (15), C. Shaw, G. Hernandez (37), A. Garcia 2 (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Belt 2 (17), A. Slater (7), G. Hernandez (10), A. Garcia
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Hanson, B. Belt, C. Shaw, G. Blanco 2 (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Belt-Hanson)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Wheeler (L, 9-7)7.04110903.371.1918.5
R. Gsellman0.02220013.821.23-4.0
D. Zamora0.21221205.401.40-3.0
D. Smith0.03221002.701.32-6.0
J. Rhame0.10000107.611.520.5
PITCHERSIP
Z. Wheeler (L, 9-7)7.0
R. Gsellman0.0
D. Zamora0.2
D. Smith0.0
J. Rhame0.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Suarez (W, 6-9)7.02000504.191.2731.5
T. Watson (H, 29)1.01000102.651.082.5
T. Blach1.00000204.301.524.0
PITCHERSIP
A. Suarez (W, 6-9)7.0
T. Watson (H, 29)1.0
T. Blach1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - D. Zamora
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Wheeler 97-65, R. Gsellman 9-6, D. Zamora 11-8, D. Smith 21-12, J. Rhame 5-3
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Wheeler 7-5
  • Batters Faced - Z. Wheeler 25, R. Gsellman 2, D. Zamora 4, D. Smith 4, J. Rhame
PITCHING
  • HBP - A. Suarez (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Suarez 89-61, T. Watson 16-11, T. Blach 10-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Suarez 6-9, T. Watson 1-1, T. Blach 1-0
  • Batters Faced - A. Suarez 23, T. Watson 4, T. Blach 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. McNeil 2B30100010.319.386.471.8572.5
A. Jackson CF40100031.275.333.357.690-0.5
W. Flores 1B30000003.272.325.431.7560.0
J. Bruce RF30000002.218.293.338.6310.0
D. Mesoraco C30000010.210.294.373.667-0.5
B. Nimmo LF30100000.269.387.501.8892.0
J. Reyes SS30000001.198.267.337.6040.0
Z. Wheeler P20000010.170.167.213.379-0.5
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  • a-grounded out for Wheeler in the 8th
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J. Panik 2B40100011.247.305.345.6501.5
A. Hanson SS40000022.264.287.435.722-1.0
E. Longoria 3B31100110.243.282.421.7032.5
B. Belt 1B42220011.264.352.439.7918.5
A. Slater RF41210001.277.371.343.7145.0
C. Shaw LF20010021.000.000.000.0000.0
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a- H. Pence PH01000100.221.261.308.5692.0
T. Blach P00000000.034.097.034.1310.0
G. Hernandez CF40110010.249.299.409.7071.5
A. Garcia C41221020.500.5001.2501.7507.0
A. Suarez P20000010.075.119.075.194-0.5
G. Blanco LF21100012.244.290.358.6482.5
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  • a-walked for Watson in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. McNeil (6), B. Nimmo (22)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Flores, M. Conforto
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Panik (13), B. Belt (18), A. Slater (6), G. Blanco (5)
  • 3B - B. Belt (2)
  • HR - A. Garcia
  • SF - C. Shaw
  • RBI - B. Belt 2 (46), A. Slater (15), C. Shaw, G. Hernandez (37), A. Garcia 2 (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Belt 2 (17), A. Slater (7), G. Hernandez (10), A. Garcia
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Hanson, B. Belt, C. Shaw, G. Blanco 2 (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Belt-Hanson)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Wheeler (L, 9-7)7.04110903.371.1918.5
R. Gsellman0.02220013.821.23-4.0
D. Zamora0.21221205.401.40-3.0
D. Smith0.03221002.701.32-6.0
J. Rhame0.10000107.611.520.5
Total8.010772121---
PITCHERSIP
Z. Wheeler (L, 9-7)7.0
R. Gsellman0.0
D. Zamora0.2
D. Smith0.0
J. Rhame0.1
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Suarez (W, 6-9)7.02000504.191.2731.5
T. Watson (H, 29)1.01000102.651.082.5
T. Blach1.00000204.301.524.0
Total9.0300080---
PITCHERSIP
A. Suarez (W, 6-9)7.0
T. Watson (H, 29)1.0
T. Blach1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - D. Zamora
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Wheeler 97-65, R. Gsellman 9-6, D. Zamora 11-8, D. Smith 21-12, J. Rhame 5-3
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Wheeler 7-5
  • Batters Faced - Z. Wheeler 25, R. Gsellman 2, D. Zamora 4, D. Smith 4, J. Rhame
PITCHING
  • HBP - A. Suarez (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Suarez 89-61, T. Watson 16-11, T. Blach 10-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Suarez 6-9, T. Watson 1-1, T. Blach 1-0
  • Batters Faced - A. Suarez 23, T. Watson 4, T. Blach 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Garcia singled to right center, Pence scored, Hernandez to third07
    Hernandez singled to right, Slater scored, Pence to third06
    Slater singled to right, Belt scored05
    Belt tripled to deep right center, Blanco and Longoria scored04
    Garcia homered to left02
  • 7TH INNING
    Shaw hit sacrifice fly to center, Belt scored01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Ty Blach pitching
    • T. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Frazier struck out looking
    • J. McNeil: Strike looking, McNeil grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Jackson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Jackson struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Tony Watson pitching
    • Gregor Blanco in left field
    • D. Mesoraco: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Mesoraco struck out looking
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Nimmo doubled to deep right
    • J. Reyes: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Reyes popped out to second
    • Michael Conforto hit for Zack Wheeler
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Conforto grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Robert Gsellman pitching
    • A. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Foul, Garcia homered to left
    • G. Blanco: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Blanco doubled to deep right
    • Daniel Zamora relieved Robert Gsellman
    • J. Panik: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Panik struck out swinging
    • A. Hanson: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Hanson struck out swinging
    • E. Longoria: Longoria intentionally walked
    • B. Belt: Ball, Belt tripled to deep right center, Blanco and Longoria scored
    • Drew Smith relieved Daniel Zamora
    • A. Slater: Ball, Foul, Slater singled to right, Belt scored
    • Hunter Pence hit for Tony Watson
    • H. Pence: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pence walked, Slater to second
    • G. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Hernandez singled to right, Slater scored, Pence to third
    • A. Garcia: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Garcia singled to right center, Pence scored, Hernandez to third
    • Jacob Rhame relieved Drew Smith
    • G. Blanco: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Blanco struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (6 Runs, 6 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • A. Suarez Pitching:
    • J. McNeil: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, McNeil hit by pitch
    • A. Jackson: Strike swinging, Jackson singled to right, McNeil to second
    • W. Flores: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Flores flied out to right, McNeil to third
    • J. Bruce: Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Bruce grounded out to shortstop, Jackson out at second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
    • B. Belt: Belt doubled to deep right
    • A. Slater: Slater grounded out to shortstop, Belt to third
    • C. Shaw: Foul, Shaw hit sacrifice fly to center, Belt scored
    • G. Hernandez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • A. Suarez Pitching:
    • J. Reyes: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Reyes grounded out to second
    • Z. Wheeler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Wheeler struck out swinging
    • T. Frazier: Frazier grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
    • J. Panik: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Panik grounded out to second
    • A. Hanson: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hanson struck out swinging
    • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Longoria struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • A. Suarez Pitching:
    • J. Bruce: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bruce lined out to center
    • D. Mesoraco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mesoraco popped out to shortstop
    • B. Nimmo: Strike (foul tip), Nimmo flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
    • G. Hernandez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Hernandez grounded out to third
    • A. Garcia: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Garcia struck out on foul tip
    • A. Suarez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Suarez grounded out to second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • A. Suarez Pitching:
    • J. McNeil: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, McNeil struck out swinging
    • A. Jackson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Jackson struck out looking
    • W. Flores: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Flores fouled out to catcher
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
    • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Longoria popped out to first
    • B. Belt: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Belt struck out looking
    • A. Slater: Slater doubled to right
    • C. Shaw: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Shaw struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • A. Suarez Pitching:
    • J. Reyes: Strike looking, Reyes grounded out to shortstop
    • Z. Wheeler: Strike looking, Wheeler lined out to second
    • T. Frazier: Ball, Frazier flied out to right
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
    • A. Garcia: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
    • A. Suarez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Suarez struck out swinging
    • J. Panik: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Panik doubled to deep right
    • A. Hanson: Strike looking, Hanson grounded out to second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • A. Suarez Pitching:
    • J. Bruce: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bruce flied out to center
    • D. Mesoraco: Mesoraco popped out to shortstop
    • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Nimmo grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
    • A. Slater: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Slater grounded out to pitcher
    • C. Shaw: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Shaw struck out swinging
    • G. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hernandez grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • A. Suarez Pitching:
    • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
    • J. McNeil: Strike looking, Foul, McNeil doubled to center
    • A. Jackson: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Jackson struck out swinging
    • W. Flores: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Flores grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
    • J. Panik: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Panik popped out to shortstop
    • A. Hanson: Ball, Hanson flied out to center
    • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Longoria singled to left
    • B. Belt: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Belt flied out to left
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)