With their pitching, the San Francisco Giants figure if they can
get about three runs a game they should win on most days.
On Wednesday, they blew right past that mark, beating the
Houston Astros 10-4 to complete a season-opening three-game
Edgar Renteria tied a career high with five hits to help the
Giants to a 3-0 record for the first time since 2003, when they
began with a sweep at San Diego and won seven straight. Houston
last started 0-3 in 2007.
“When you come to the ballpark every day and feel like you’ve
got a really good opportunity to win some games because of the guy
who’s on the hill, that’s a good feeling,” said Aaron Rowand, who
had four of the Giants’ 19 hits. “That’s a confidence-builder in
It was 4-all when Juan Uribe doubled in the eighth inning and
scored the go-ahead run when Sammy Gervacio (0-1) threw away a
bunt. The Giants added another run in the inning, then scored four
times in the ninth.
John Bowker had a two-run homer and Travis Ishikawa added his
first career pinch-hit home run.
Jeremy Affeldt (1-0) got the win in relief of Matt Cain, who
allowed six hits and three earned runs in 6 2-3 innings.
“With the way these guys were swinging in spring it gives us a
bunch of confidence out there on the mound that if we give up a
couple of runs like we did out there today … those guys can come
right back to pick us up,” Cain said. “That builds a lot of
confidence for the starters and the relievers and I think it builds
confidence for those guys as well.”
Astros starter Brett Myers gave up a career-high 12 hits and
four runs in six-plus innings in his Astros debut.
“I felt like it was a battle from the first inning on,” he
said. “I had to pitch certain ways that I’m not used to throwing.
But you’ve got to make an adjustment when they’re getting that many
hits off you.”
Rowand, the Giants’ leadoff man, and Renteria, the No. 2 hitter,
each drove in two runs.
“He’s swung the bat well all series and what a day he had
today,” Bochy said of Renteria. “It’s hard to play this game when
you’re hurt and I said that last year. He’s healthy now and he has
a good approach up there. It was a great game by him.”
The 34-year-old said he’s feeling “great” this season after
playing just 124 games last season because of shoulder and elbow
“When you feel better, you relax and play the game,” he said.
“You don’t have to worry about pain or nothing.”
Uribe made it 5-4 when he scooted home after Gervacio overthrew
third base on a sacrifice by Eli Whiteside. Rowand had an RBI
single later in the eighth.
Uribe hit an RBI double to highlight the ninth.
The Astros scored three runs in the seventh that made it 4-all.
Pinch-hitter Cory Sullivan hit a two-out, two-run triple that
Rowand bobbled before dropping near the hill in center field. That
finished Cain, and the speedy Michael Bourn tied it when he barely
beat the throw on a single off Affeldt.
“We knew it was going to be tough going in anyway with the
pitching we were going to be facing,” Astros manager Brad Mills
said. “But it was good to see us battle back at least today.”
Rowand tripled in the seventh inning when both Bourn and Hunter
Pence had trouble scooping up the ball. Renteria drove him in with
a single that made it 4-1 and chased Myers.
Bourn is optimistic that the Astros will get on track in their
next series which starts Friday against the Phillies.
“We know not to panic and we know we have a good group of guys
that can get clicking at any time,” he said. “We’ll just wait on
that point and hopefully it will start Friday.”
Bowker’s two-run homer that landed in the bullpen in
right-center field in the second. It was his first career hit
against Myers after striking out in his previous three at-bats
The Giants pushed the lead to 3-0 in the third when Renteria
scored as Mark DeRosa grounded into a double play.
Pedro Feliz doubled twice for the Astros, including an RBI hit
in the fourth.
NOTES: Wednesday was the 10th anniversary of the opening of
Minute Maid Park, then known as Enron Field. Houston lost that game
4-1 to the Phillies. … Giants OF Fred Lewis, on the disabled list
with a ribcage injury, will begin a rehabilitation assignment on
Thursday with Triple-A Fresno. … Gervacio injured his shoulder in
the eighth inning and was placed on the 15-day disabled list after
the game. Houston recalled RHP Wilton Lopez from Triple-A Round
Rock to take his roster spot.