Rays reliever Kolarek plays 1B in 3-0 win over Giants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash keeps getting the most from his pitching staff.

Cash moved reliever Adam Kolarek from the mound to first base and back to the mound in a piece of matchup strategy Sunday, and the Rays wound up with a 3-0 win over the San Francisco Giants.

Yandy Diaz homered on the second pitch of the game and Yonny Chirinos (2-0) threw five scoreless innings. The Rays have opened the season with three straight series wins for the first time in franchise history.

Cash kept things in constant motion throughout the game, using four outfielders at times and constantly shifting his infielders. But his boldest move came in the seventh.

Kolarek pitched a perfect sixth inning to protect a 2-0 lead. The left-hander gave up a leadoff single to pinch-hitter Yangervis Solarte, then shifted over to play first base - it was his first time in the majors at a position other than pitcher, and allowed the Rays to bring in right-hander reliever Chaz Roe.

Roe struck out righty-hitting Evan Longoria and exited. Kolarek returned to the mound, struck out lefty-swinging Brandon Belt, gave up another single and was replaced for good by Diego Castillo.

''The way their lineup was today, with Longo sitting in the middle of a bunch of tough lefty hitters, the thought kind of came into my mind when (Kolarek) got into the game knowing that our pitching was a little tight,'' Cash said. ''Kolarek might have been stunned, but I'm glad it worked out. I'm really happy that Longo decided not to hit a line drive or ground ball over there.''

Cash said he had made such switches twice last summer, once moving a pitcher to third base for an out and other time to first base.

Kolarek, who said he sometimes played first base while pitching at the University of Maryland, said he uses an extra-large glove, so did not switch when he went to first base.

''When Cash extended his hand for the ball, I handed it to him and started walking toward the dugout. He said, `Hold up, go play first,''' Kolarek said. ''You have to be ready for anything around here. It's probably the coolest thing that's happened to me on a major league field.''

Cash used relief pitchers as starters for an inning or two last year with great success.

Chirinos made his second strong appearance this season, allowing two hits and a walk and striking out five. On March 31 versus Houston, he gave up one run on two hits in seven innings.

Drew Pomeranz (0-1) lasted four innings, permitting two runs on six hits, walking three and striking out five. But the Giants provided no offensive support, managing five hits, all singles.

''You've got to find a find to get some runs,'' Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. ''We need to get some early runs, that's been one of our issues, to take some pressure off our pitchers.''

The Rays' other runs came on Christian Arroyo's RBI single in the fourth and when Kevin Kiermaier tripled in the eighth and scored on a balk.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: Cash said INF Joey Wendle, who has been on the 10-day disabled list since April 1, won't be ready to play for a few days even after he's eligible to come off the DL on April 11.

Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto is eligible to come off the 60-day disabled list on April 14 after having Tommy John surgery last year. ... C Buster Posey got a rest day on Sunday.

UP NEXT

Rays: LHP Blake Snell (1-1, 3.46) takes the mound as the Rays continue their nine-game road trip at the Chicago White Sox.

Giants: LHP Madison Bumgarner (0-2, 1.38) pitches against San Diego as San Francisco plays the fourth game of its 10-game homestand. Bumgarner is 1-5 in his last eight starts against the Padres.

PHAM'S STREAK

With his first-inning single, Tommy Pham has now reached base in 42 straight games, extending the longest streak in Tampa Bay history. It is the longest streak in the majors since Houston's Alex Bregman had a similar 42-game streak last year.

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  • W: Y. Chirinos (2-0)L: D. Pomeranz (0-1)S: J. Alvarado (4)
  • HR: TB - Y. Diaz (3)
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T. Pham LF40200102.270.378.270.6483.0
D. Robertson 2B-3B50100014.192.222.192.4150.5
A. Garcia RF40000024.167.231.208.439-1.0
M. Zunino C40000024.077.077.077.154-1.0
K. Kiermaier CF32200100.300.353.6671.0207.0
W. Adames SS40100012.118.118.118.2350.5
C. Arroyo 3B30210010.333.333.333.6672.5
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B. Lowe 2B10100000.250.300.393.6931.0
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A. Kolarek P-1B-P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Castillo P10000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
J. Alvarado P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-lined out for Chirinos in the 6th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
S. Duggar RF40000010.250.279.425.704-0.5
J. Panik 2B20000000.192.323.231.5530.0
a- Y. Solarte PH-2B20200000.300.364.400.7642.0
E. Longoria 3B40100022.194.216.306.5220.0
B. Belt 1B30000122.229.289.514.8040.0
B. Crawford SS30100102.294.333.353.6862.0
K. Pillar CF30000023.094.091.094.185-1.0
G. Parra LF30000020.200.273.233.506-1.0
E. Kratz C30100000.100.308.100.4081.0
D. Pomeranz P10000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
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N. Vincent P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- P. Sandoval PH10000010.333.333.583.917-0.5
M. Melancon P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-singled for Panik in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Gott in the 6th
  • c-struck out for Vincent in the 8th
BATTING
  • 3B - K. Kiermaier
  • HR - Y. Diaz (3)
  • RBI - Y. Diaz (4), C. Arroyo (2)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Pham 2 (2), M. Zunino 3 (3), W. Adames 2 (2), Y. Chirinos, D. Castillo
BATTING
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Belt, B. Crawford 2 (2), K. Pillar 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - Y. Diaz
FIELDING
  • DP - (Robertson-Diaz)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Crawford-Solarte-Belt)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Y. Chirinos (W, 2-0)5.02001500.750.4221.5
A. Kolarek (H, 5)1.12000200.001.802.0
C. Roe (H, 4)0.10000102.081.150.5
D. Castillo (H, 3)1.10000300.000.434.5
J. Alvarado (S, 4)1.01001100.001.178.5
PITCHERSIP
Y. Chirinos (W, 2-0)5.0
A. Kolarek (H, 5)1.1
C. Roe (H, 4)0.1
D. Castillo (H, 3)1.1
J. Alvarado (S, 4)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Pomeranz (L, 0-1)4.06223514.001.78-1.5
T. Gott2.01000301.591.066.5
N. Vincent2.02110204.261.744.0
M. Melancon1.01000000.001.072.0
PITCHERSIP
D. Pomeranz (L, 0-1)4.0
T. Gott2.0
N. Vincent2.0
M. Melancon1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - Y. Chirinos 67-45, A. Kolarek 19-15, C. Roe 5-4, D. Castillo 20-15, J. Alvarado 19-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Chirinos 2-6, A. Kolarek 2-0, D. Castillo 1-0, J. Alvarado 2-0
  • Batters Faced - Y. Chirinos 16, A. Kolarek 6, C. Roe, D. Castillo 4, J. Alvarado 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Pomeranz 94-60, T. Gott 24-19, N. Vincent 26-22, M. Melancon 9-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Pomeranz 5-2, T. Gott 2-1, N. Vincent 2-2, M. Melancon 2-0
  • Batters Faced - D. Pomeranz 21, T. Gott 7, N. Vincent 8, M. Melancon 3
  • Balks - N. Vincent
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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T. Pham LF40200102.270.378.270.6483.0
D. Robertson 2B-3B50100014.192.222.192.4150.5
A. Garcia RF40000024.167.231.208.439-1.0
M. Zunino C40000024.077.077.077.154-1.0
K. Kiermaier CF32200100.300.353.6671.0207.0
W. Adames SS40100012.118.118.118.2350.5
C. Arroyo 3B30210010.333.333.333.6672.5
C. Roe P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Lowe 2B10100000.250.300.393.6931.0
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J. Alvarado P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-lined out for Chirinos in the 6th
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S. Duggar RF40000010.250.279.425.704-0.5
J. Panik 2B20000000.192.323.231.5530.0
a- Y. Solarte PH-2B20200000.300.364.400.7642.0
E. Longoria 3B40100022.194.216.306.5220.0
B. Belt 1B30000122.229.289.514.8040.0
B. Crawford SS30100102.294.333.353.6862.0
K. Pillar CF30000023.094.091.094.185-1.0
G. Parra LF30000020.200.273.233.506-1.0
E. Kratz C30100000.100.308.100.4081.0
D. Pomeranz P10000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
T. Gott P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- C. Joe PH10000010.067.125.067.192-0.5
N. Vincent P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- P. Sandoval PH10000010.333.333.583.917-0.5
M. Melancon P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-singled for Panik in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Gott in the 6th
  • c-struck out for Vincent in the 8th
BATTING
  • 3B - K. Kiermaier
  • HR - Y. Diaz (3)
  • RBI - Y. Diaz (4), C. Arroyo (2)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Pham 2 (2), M. Zunino 3 (3), W. Adames 2 (2), Y. Chirinos, D. Castillo
BATTING
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Belt, B. Crawford 2 (2), K. Pillar 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - Y. Diaz
FIELDING
  • DP - (Robertson-Diaz)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Crawford-Solarte-Belt)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Y. Chirinos (W, 2-0)5.02001500.750.4221.5
A. Kolarek (H, 5)1.12000200.001.802.0
C. Roe (H, 4)0.10000102.081.150.5
D. Castillo (H, 3)1.10000300.000.434.5
J. Alvarado (S, 4)1.01001100.001.178.5
Total9.05002120---
PITCHERSIP
Y. Chirinos (W, 2-0)5.0
A. Kolarek (H, 5)1.1
C. Roe (H, 4)0.1
D. Castillo (H, 3)1.1
J. Alvarado (S, 4)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Pomeranz (L, 0-1)4.06223514.001.78-1.5
T. Gott2.01000301.591.066.5
N. Vincent2.02110204.261.744.0
M. Melancon1.01000000.001.072.0
Total9.010333101---
PITCHERSIP
D. Pomeranz (L, 0-1)4.0
T. Gott2.0
N. Vincent2.0
M. Melancon1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - Y. Chirinos 67-45, A. Kolarek 19-15, C. Roe 5-4, D. Castillo 20-15, J. Alvarado 19-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Chirinos 2-6, A. Kolarek 2-0, D. Castillo 1-0, J. Alvarado 2-0
  • Batters Faced - Y. Chirinos 16, A. Kolarek 6, C. Roe, D. Castillo 4, J. Alvarado 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Pomeranz 94-60, T. Gott 24-19, N. Vincent 26-22, M. Melancon 9-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Pomeranz 5-2, T. Gott 2-1, N. Vincent 2-2, M. Melancon 2-0
  • Batters Faced - D. Pomeranz 21, T. Gott 7, N. Vincent 8, M. Melancon 3
  • Balks - N. Vincent
  • 8TH INNING
    Kiermaier scored on balk30
  • 4TH INNING
    Arroyo singled to right, Kiermaier scored, Adames to second20
  • 1ST INNING
    Diaz homered to left10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Mark Melancon pitching
    • Y. Diaz: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Diaz grounded out to pitcher
    • T. Pham: Ball, Pham singled to center
    • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Robertson grounded out to second, Pham out at second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Jose Alvarado relieved Diego Castillo
    • S. Duggar: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Duggar grounded out to second
    • Y. Solarte: Strike looking, Solarte singled to shallow right
    • E. Longoria: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Longoria struck out swinging
    • B. Belt: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Belt walked, Solarte to second
    • B. Crawford: Crawford grounded into fielder's choice to second, Belt out at second
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • N. Vincent Pitching:
    • M. Zunino: Ball, Zunino grounded out to second
    • K. Kiermaier: Kiermaier tripled to center
    • W. Adames: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Kiermaier scored on balk, Adames flied out to right
    • B. Lowe: Lowe singled to right
    • D. Castillo: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Castillo struck out looking
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Castillo Pitching:
    • G. Parra: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Parra struck out swinging
    • E. Kratz: Ball, Strike looking, Kratz grounded out to third
    • Pablo Sandoval hit for Nick Vincent
    • P. Sandoval: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Sandoval struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Nick Vincent pitching
    • T. Pham: Foul, Strike looking, Pham grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Robertson struck out swinging
    • A. Garcia: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Garcia flied out to center
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Yangervis Solarte hit for Joe Panik
    • Y. Solarte: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Solarte singled to shallow center
    • Chaz Roe pitching
    • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Longoria struck out swinging
    • Brandon Lowe at second base
    • B. Belt: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Belt struck out swinging
    • B. Crawford: Ball, Ball, Crawford singled to shallow center, Solarte to second
    • Diego Castillo relieved Adam Kolarek
    • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pillar struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • T. Gott Pitching:
    • C. Arroyo: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Arroyo struck out swinging
    • Austin Meadows hit for Yonny Chirinos
    • A. Meadows: Ball, Meadows lined out to center
    • Y. Diaz: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Diaz grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Adam Kolarek pitching
    • E. Kratz: Kratz grounded out to shortstop
    • Connor Joe hit for Trevor Gott
    • C. Joe: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Joe struck out swinging
    • S. Duggar: Strike swinging, Duggar grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
    • D. Robertson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Robertson singled to shallow center
    • Trevor Gott relieved Drew Pomeranz
    • A. Garcia: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
    • M. Zunino: Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Zunino struck out swinging
    • K. Kiermaier: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Kiermaier singled to shallow right, Robertson to second
    • W. Adames: Adames grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Kiermaier out at second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Y. Chirinos Pitching:
    • B. Crawford: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Crawford walked
    • K. Pillar: Ball, Pillar grounded out to second, Crawford out at second
    • G. Parra: Ball, Foul, Parra flied out to deep center
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
    • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kiermaier walked
    • W. Adames: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Adames reached on an infield single to shortstop, Kiermaier to second
    • C. Arroyo: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Arroyo singled to right, Kiermaier scored, Adames to second
    • Y. Chirinos: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
    • Y. Diaz: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Diaz grounded out to third, Adames to third, Arroyo to second
    • T. Pham: Foul, Pham grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Y. Chirinos Pitching:
    • S. Duggar: Foul, Ball, Foul, Duggar flied out to center
    • J. Panik: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Panik flied out to deep center
    • E. Longoria: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Longoria singled to center
    • B. Belt: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Belt struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
    • Y. Diaz: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Diaz walked
    • T. Pham: Ball, Strike looking, Diaz stole second, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pham walked
    • D. Robertson: Robertson reached on fielder's choice to third, Diaz out at third, Pham to second
    • A. Garcia: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Garcia lined out to left
    • M. Zunino: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Zunino flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Y. Chirinos Pitching:
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Parra struck out swinging
    • E. Kratz: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Kratz singled to center
    • D. Pomeranz: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pomeranz struck out swinging
    • S. Duggar: Foul, Foul, Ball, Kratz out at second, Kratz caught stealing second, catcher to second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
    • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Kiermaier grounded out to second
    • W. Adames: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Adames struck out swinging
    • C. Arroyo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Arroyo reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • Y. Chirinos: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Y. Chirinos Pitching:
    • B. Belt: Belt popped out to shortstop
    • B. Crawford: Ball, Ball, Crawford flied out to deep center
    • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pillar struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
    • Y. Diaz: Ball, Diaz homered to left
    • T. Pham: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Pham singled to center
    • D. Robertson: Foul, Robertson grounded out to third, Pham to second
    • A. Garcia: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
    • M. Zunino: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Zunino struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Y. Chirinos Pitching:
    • S. Duggar: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Duggar struck out swinging
    • J. Panik: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Panik grounded out to shortstop
    • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Longoria flied out to center
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)