PHILADELPHIA -- The Giants might have found the perfect antidote to their offensive woes.Behind the first shutout of left-hander Ty Blach's career, the Giants beat the Phillies on Friday night at Citizens Bank Park, 10-0. The Giants entered the game ranked last in baseball, averaging 3.33 runs per game, but
PHILADELPHIA -- The Giants might have found the perfect antidote to their offensive woes.
Behind the first shutout of left-hander Ty Blach's career, the Giants beat the Phillies on Friday night at Citizens Bank Park, 10-0. The Giants entered the game ranked last in baseball, averaging 3.33 runs per game, but they scored a season-high 10 runs on 15 hits. They were the most runs San Francisco scored in a game since Sept. 27, 2016, when they scored 12 against the Rockies.
"I can't tell you when we've had a game like this, it's been a while. ... It's good to have one that guys can relax and enjoy a little bit because we don't have a lot of these games," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.
"It's a good way to start the road trip. We got shut out twice in the last homestand, almost shut out a third time, so it's good to see these bats come alive."
Giants center fielder Denard Span finished 5-for-6 and had three hits through the game's first three innings. Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford each picked up two RBIs in that span to give the Giants an early 5-0 lead. Span singled and scored a run in the sixth, and he doubled with two outs in the eighth to pick up his first five-hit game since April 28, 2015, and the fifth five-hit game of his career. He entered the game hitless in his last 13 at-bats.
The Phillies hoped to put a 6-22 May behind them, but their struggles continued. Their rotation has a 5.41 ERA through 52 games. Phillies right-hander Jerad Eickhoff walked a career-high five in just 2 2/3 innings. He has a 6.94 ERA in his past seven starts.
"It's hard because everybody in here is working, giving it their best effort," Eickhoff said. "It's just not coming through, for myself especially. I was trying to get this thing turned around and just couldn't control my fastball."
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Blach party: Blach not only threw the first shutout of his career, he made history at the plate. He allowed seven hits and struck out four to improve to 4-2 with a 3.24 ERA. He also walked in the second, third and fourth innings, becoming the first pitcher to walk three times in a game since Colorado's Aaron Cook on Oct. 1, 2009. It was the first time the Phillies walked a pitcher three times in a game since Sept. 14, 1936 (Red Lucas), and it was the first time a Giants pitcher walked three times in a game since Ray Sadecki on Sept. 1, 1969. More >
Welcome to the show: Giants right fielder Austin Slater made his big league debut, and he picked up the first hit and RBI of his career in the sixth inning, when he singled to center field against Phillies left-hander Joely Rodriguez.
"I've never seen a team where a number of players -- both hitters and pitchers -- are basically in prolonged slumps. We've got to get back to the drawing board with everybody and just keep pushing. I'm trying to stay positive. It's not easy, but we don't have an alternative." -- Phillies manager Pete Mackanin, on current state of team
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Phillies starters are 0-8 with an 8.02 ERA in their last 13 home games. No Phillies starter has won a game at home since Jeremy Hellickson on April 27, when the Phillies were 11-9.
Blach became the second pitcher to strike out three times in a game and draw three free passes. The only other pitcher to do so was Ernie Koob in 1916. Blach walked in his first three plate appearances, then struck out in his final three trips to the plate.
Giants:Johnny Cueto takes the mound for the Giants with a chance to clinch a series win Saturday at 1:05 p.m. PT. Cueto has struggled in his career against the Phillies with a 5.37 ERA in 11 starts.
Phillies: Right-hander Ben Lively makes his Major League debut Saturday at 4:05 p.m. ET. He went 6-1 with a 2.40 ERA in nine starts with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He was the Phillies' Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2016.
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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.
Ben Harris is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Giants on Friday.