Giants romp early, cruise behind Moore

August 19th, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants wasted no time in becoming the latest National League West team to see Phillies starter Zach Eflin well, notching three runs in the first and adding three more over the second and third innings in San Francisco's 10-2 win over Philadelphia at AT&T Park on Friday.

"No question, early runs, it's a good thing for everybody," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

Eflin -- who's made nine starts this season against the NL West -- saw his season ERA against the division climb to 6.34 when capped the Giants' scoring in the third with a two-run blast. Eflin left the game because of discomfort in his right shoulder.

also homered as Giants starter Matt Moore broke a streak of nine starts without a win, picking up his first victory since June 20 in an efficient outing. Moore posted 7 1/3 innings of two-run ball, allowing one hit over seven innings before surrendering a hit and walk in the eighth. Both runners scored on a blooper with on in relief.

"I definitely noticed," Moore said of the standing ovation he received. "It's something that is one of the coolest parts about playing here -- just how loud it can get and the appreciation coming off the hill."

Philadelphia catcher sparked the team's one inning of offense, a two-run showing, with a leadoff single in the eighth. But the Giants came right back in the bottom half of the inning, collecting four hits and scoring two runs on an error against Phillies reliever to push the cushion up to eight runs.

"Bats just ain't there right now," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "It's frustrating when you look up at the numbers [Moore's NL-high 5.71 ERA entering the game] and you see that. You kind of hope we can get to the guy. But for whatever reason the bats are just silent right now."


Parker picks up two: opened the scoring in the first with a crisp double down the third-base line to score fellow outfielders and Pence. The hit gave the Giants a quick 2-0 cushion after just three batters and set up another run when later singled.

Moore's silent sixth: After a leadoff walk to -- and the Giants' bullpen already in motion during the seventh inning -- Moore induced a double play off the bat of Tommy Joseph to punch his ticket for a seventh-inning appearance.

"That's the thing with walks -- you'll never talk about them if they don't score," Moore said. "When you're letting them on for free and they are scoring, that's the biggest detail, that they don't deserve to be there. I think tonight being able to pitch around some of that stuff was what gave me a chance to go deep in the game."


"It looks like he's playing catch with Buster [Posey]. That's the effort he's putting in it right now." -- Bochy, on Moore's recent turnaround

"I've had some soreness back there before, but not really like this. This is a little different than I've had before. So sleep on it, come in tomorrow and see how it feels." -- Eflin, on his right shoulder discomfort


The Giants picked up their 10th win of August on Friday, eclipsing their win totals for their two previous months. The team won nine games in June and nine more in July.


Phillies: Right-hander (3-7, 4.33 ERA) tries to lead the Phillies to their first win on this seven-game road trip at 9:05 p.m. ET Saturday against the Giants at AT&T Park. He has pitched more than six innings just once in 19 starts since April 10.

Giants: toes the rubber for San Francisco in the third game of the series, a 6:05 p.m. PT contest. Blach will look to draw upon his success against the Phillies earlier this season, when he pieced together his first career shutout June 2.

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