Samardzija goes 7, Pillar homers as Giants edge Rockies 1-0

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Still on a pitch count following a shoulder injury that sidelined him for the final 2 1/2 months last season, Jeff Samardzija knew he had no shot of going the distance against Colorado.

Kevin Pillar made sure Samardzija at least got a win, something that had eluded him for nearly a year.

Samardzija and two relievers combined on a three-hitter, Pillar homered and the San Francisco Giants squeezed past the slumping Rockies 1-0 on Thursday night.

''Today was a good day,'' Samardzija said. ''That's the way it's going to go here for a while until we get that arm strength where we want it. It's constant work, but when you get nights like that tonight, it gives you a little more energy to keep doing what you're doing, keep going.''

Samardzija (1-0) went seven innings and outpitched Rockies starter Jon Gray to win in a matchup of sputtering offenses. Colorado has lost six straight and 10 of 11.

The Rockies were shut out for the second time this season and have not held a lead since Chris Iannetta's 11th-inning homer on April 3 at Tampa Bay.

Samardzija permitted three hits, one walk and had a season-high seven strikeouts. Tony Watson retired three batters and Will Smith worked the ninth for his fourth save.

''He had a good mix going tonight, good command of all of them,'' Giants manager Bruce Bochy said about Samardzija. ''He was on top of his game. This has to do a lot for his confidence.''

Samardzija allowed only one runner past first base and retired 10 of his final 11 batters. The right-hander won for the first time since April 20, 2018, when he pitched five scoreless innings to beat the Los Angeles Angels in his first start of the season.

''Last year was not a great year for me but I learned a lot,'' Samardzija said. ''It's definitely been a little bit of an evolution for me and a process, and we're kind of seeing where we're at.''

Gray (0-3) was almost as sharp but tied a National League record by allowing a home run in his 15th consecutive start. That was the only blemish on an otherwise crisp night for Gray, who gave up five hits and three walks with six strikeouts.

''In any well-pitched game the margin is really thin,'' Rockies manager Bud Black said. ''Samardzija pitched great and Jon pitched great. It comes down to a pitch or two.''

Gray pitched in and out of trouble most of the night until Pillar's home run leading off the seventh. Acquired from Toronto last week, Pillar has 10 RBIs over his last four games.

''I wanted to get strike one on Pillar but I left the pitch up too much,'' Gray said. ''It was a good slider but I just put it in the wrong place and he put a good swing on it.''

Mark Leiter (1996) and Ramon Ortiz (2005) also allowed home runs in 15 straight starts. The major league record is 20 set by Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven (1986-87).

RESPECT

As manager of the Rockies and San Diego Padres, Black has spent the better part of his career matching up against Bochy. Bochy has announced his plans to retire at season's end, and Black is sad to see him go. ''There's no better in-game strategist than Bruce,'' Black said before the game. ''I'm going to miss him. He's a throwback. He's got a great baseball mind.''

DAZZLING DEFENSE

San Francisco second baseman Joe Panik made a diving stop on Charlie Blackmon's sharp liner leading off the ninth. That matched the defensive gem made in the second inning by Colorado left fielder Raimel Tapia, who made a diving grab to rob Pablo Sandoval of a hit.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rockies: 1B Daniel Murphy saw a hand specialist in Arizona, but the Rockies had yet to receive results. Murphy is out with a broken left index finger. ... OF David Dahl (left side core injury) ran and played long toss in Arizona, although Black said the team plans to take a cautious approach with Dahl's rehab.

Giants: 3B Evan Longoria was rested. Sandoval started and went 0 for 4.

UP NEXT

Rockies RHP Chad Bettis (0-2, 11.88 ERA) attempts to get on track after allowing six runs in each of his previous two starts. The Giants counter with LHP Drew Pomeranz (0-1, 4.00).

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  • W: J. Samardzija (1-0)L: J. Gray (0-3)S: W. Smith (4)
  • HR: SF - K. Pillar (3)
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M. Reynolds 1B30000011.190.308.381.689-0.5
I. Desmond CF30000000.140.196.186.3820.0
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  • a-fouled out for Tapia in the 9th
  • b-grounded out for Wolters in the 8th
  • c-struck out for Dunn in the 8th
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B. Crawford SS30000115.271.327.313.6390.5
P. Sandoval 3B40000005.278.278.500.7780.0
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  • a-popped out for Samardzija in the 7th
BATTING
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Story, T. Wolters, J. Gray
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Panik (2), B. Belt (2)
  • HR - K. Pillar (3)
  • RBI - K. Pillar (11)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Posey, B. Crawford 2 (2), P. Sandoval 4 (4), K. Pillar
BASERUNNING
  • CS - S. Duggar
FIELDING
  • DP - (Crawford-Panik-Belt)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Gray (L, 0-3)6.25113614.191.2410.0
M. Dunn0.10000004.911.640.0
D. Johnson0.01001006.752.06-2.0
H. Musgrave0.20000104.151.150.5
C. Estevez0.10000006.751.310.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Gray (L, 0-3)6.2
M. Dunn0.1
D. Johnson0.0
H. Musgrave0.2
C. Estevez0.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Samardzija (W, 1-0)7.03001701.621.0830.5
T. Watson (H, 4)1.00000101.931.073.5
W. Smith (S, 4)1.00000001.801.0010.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Samardzija (W, 1-0)7.0
T. Watson (H, 4)1.0
W. Smith (S, 4)1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - D. Johnson
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gray 102-65, M. Dunn 2-1, D. Johnson 12-7, H. Musgrave 10-6, C. Estevez 2-2
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gray 9-4, M. Dunn 1-0, H. Musgrave 1-0, C. Estevez 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Gray 27, M. Dunn, D. Johnson 2, H. Musgrave 2, C. Estevez
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Samardzija 90-61, T. Watson 9-7, W. Smith 8-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Samardzija 7-6, T. Watson 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Samardzija 24, T. Watson 3, W. Smith 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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R. Tapia LF30000020.185.214.259.474-1.0
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N. Arenado 3B30000100.260.309.340.6491.0
T. Story SS30100011.217.308.478.7860.5
M. Reynolds 1B30000011.190.308.381.689-0.5
I. Desmond CF30000000.140.196.186.3820.0
G. Hampson 2B30200000.152.147.152.2992.0
T. Wolters C20000002.208.240.333.5730.0
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  • a-fouled out for Tapia in the 9th
  • b-grounded out for Wolters in the 8th
  • c-struck out for Dunn in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
S. Duggar RF40100010.208.232.340.572-0.5
J. Panik 2B40200010.233.361.300.6612.5
B. Posey C20100211.205.295.282.5782.5
B. Belt 1B30100113.217.308.457.7642.5
B. Crawford SS30000115.271.327.313.6390.5
P. Sandoval 3B40000005.278.278.500.7780.0
K. Pillar CF31111001.152.146.370.5156.0
G. Parra LF30000000.194.293.250.5430.0
J. Samardzija P20000020.000.000.000.000-1.0
a- Y. Solarte PH10000000.219.286.313.5980.0
T. Watson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
W. Smith P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-popped out for Samardzija in the 7th
BATTING
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Story, T. Wolters, J. Gray
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Panik (2), B. Belt (2)
  • HR - K. Pillar (3)
  • RBI - K. Pillar (11)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Posey, B. Crawford 2 (2), P. Sandoval 4 (4), K. Pillar
BASERUNNING
  • CS - S. Duggar
FIELDING
  • DP - (Crawford-Panik-Belt)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Gray (L, 0-3)6.25113614.191.2410.0
M. Dunn0.10000004.911.640.0
D. Johnson0.01001006.752.06-2.0
H. Musgrave0.20000104.151.150.5
C. Estevez0.10000006.751.310.0
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PITCHERSIP
J. Gray (L, 0-3)6.2
M. Dunn0.1
D. Johnson0.0
H. Musgrave0.2
C. Estevez0.1
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Samardzija (W, 1-0)7.03001701.621.0830.5
T. Watson (H, 4)1.00000101.931.073.5
W. Smith (S, 4)1.00000001.801.0010.0
Total9.0300180---
PITCHERSIP
J. Samardzija (W, 1-0)7.0
T. Watson (H, 4)1.0
W. Smith (S, 4)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - D. Johnson
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gray 102-65, M. Dunn 2-1, D. Johnson 12-7, H. Musgrave 10-6, C. Estevez 2-2
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gray 9-4, M. Dunn 1-0, H. Musgrave 1-0, C. Estevez 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Gray 27, M. Dunn, D. Johnson 2, H. Musgrave 2, C. Estevez
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Samardzija 90-61, T. Watson 9-7, W. Smith 8-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Samardzija 7-6, T. Watson 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Samardzija 24, T. Watson 3, W. Smith 3
  • 7TH INNING
    Pillar homered to center01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Will Smith relieved Tony Watson
    • C. Blackmon: Blackmon lined out to second
    • Pat Valaika hit for Raimel Tapia
    • P. Valaika: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Valaika fouled out to first
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Strike swinging, Arenado lined out to left
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Tony Watson pitching
    • G. Hampson: Strike looking, Ball, Hampson popped out to second
    • Josh Fuentes hit for Tony Wolters
    • J. Fuentes: Strike swinging, Fuentes grounded out to shortstop
    • Chris Iannetta hit for Mike Dunn
    • C. Iannetta: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Iannetta struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D.J. Johnson pitching
    • J. Panik: Ball, Foul, Panik singled to center
    • B. Posey: Foul, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Panik to second on wild pitch, Foul, Foul, Ball, Posey walked
    • Harrison Musgrave relieved D.J. Johnson
    • B. Belt: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Belt struck out swinging
    • B. Crawford: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Crawford grounded out to first, Panik to third, Posey to second
    • Carlos Estevez relieved Harrison Musgrave
    • P. Sandoval: Strike swinging, Sandoval grounded out to second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • J. Samardzija Pitching:
    • T. Story: Story popped out to first
    • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Reynolds flied out to left
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Strike looking, Desmond lined out to first
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • K. Pillar: Pillar homered to center
    • G. Parra: Ball, Parra grounded out to first
    • Yangervis Solarte hit for Jeff Samardzija
    • Y. Solarte: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Solarte popped out to second
    • Mike Dunn relieved Jon Gray
    • S. Duggar: Ball, Duggar grounded out to second
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Samardzija Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Blackmon flied out to left
    • R. Tapia: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Tapia struck out swinging
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Ball, Arenado grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • J. Panik: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Panik grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Posey: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Posey walked
    • B. Belt: Belt reached on fielder's choice to second, Posey out at second
    • B. Crawford: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Crawford walked, Belt to second
    • P. Sandoval: Ball, Sandoval grounded out to second
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Samardzija Pitching:
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Desmond grounded out to shortstop
    • G. Hampson: Hampson reached on bunt single to pitcher
    • T. Wolters: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Wolters grounded out to second, Hampson to second
    • J. Gray: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Gray struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • G. Parra: Strike swinging, Parra grounded out to second
    • J. Samardzija: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Samardzija struck out swinging
    • S. Duggar: Ball, Duggar grounded out to second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Samardzija Pitching:
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Ball, Ball, Arenado fouled out to catcher
    • T. Story: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Story singled to center
    • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Reynolds grounded out to second, Story out at second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • B. Belt: Strike looking, Belt doubled to right
    • B. Crawford: Crawford grounded out to second, Belt to third
    • P. Sandoval: Sandoval grounded out to pitcher
    • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Foul, Pillar grounded out to third
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Samardzija Pitching:
    • J. Gray: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gray grounded out to pitcher
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Blackmon struck out looking
    • R. Tapia: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Tapia struck out looking
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • J. Samardzija: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Samardzija struck out looking
    • S. Duggar: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Duggar struck out swinging
    • J. Panik: Ball, Ball, Foul, Panik doubled to deep left
    • B. Posey: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Posey struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Samardzija Pitching:
    • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Reynolds struck out looking
    • I. Desmond: Desmond grounded out to first
    • G. Hampson: Strike looking, Hampson singled to center
    • T. Wolters: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Wolters grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • P. Sandoval: Strike looking, Sandoval lined out to left
    • K. Pillar: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Pillar flied out to left
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Parra flied out to deep center
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Samardzija Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
    • R. Tapia: Strike swinging, Tapia fouled out to left
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Arenado walked
    • T. Story: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • S. Duggar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Duggar singled to left
    • J. Panik: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Duggar caught stealing second, catcher to shortstop, Strike swinging, Panik struck out swinging
    • B. Posey: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Posey singled to center
    • B. Belt: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Belt walked, Posey to second
    • B. Crawford: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Crawford struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)