Marlins send Giants to sixth straight loss
Jorge Alfaro and Garrett Cooper hit the Miami Marlins' first three-run homers of the year Tuesday in an 11-3 win over the San Francisco Giants, who lost their sixth game in a row.
Trevor Richards (2-5) gave up a homer to Joe Panik on the game's first pitch but blanked San Francisco thereafter. He allowed two hits and one run in seven innings for the Marlins, who earned their eighth victory in 11 games but still have the worst record in the National League.
It was another dismal all-around effort by the Giants (21-32), who have been outscored 45-11 in the past four games and are 11 games below .500 for the first time.
Alfaro hit his eighth homer in the fifth to make the score 7-1, and Cooper added his third homer in the sixth. The Marlins had no three-run homers in their first 51 games.
Starlin Castro's two-out, two-run double in the third put Miami ahead to stay. Rookie Harold Ramirez had three hits to hike his average to .413 in 13 games.
Pinch hitter Rosell Herrera hit his first homer of the year in the eighth to make the score 11-1.
Jeff Samardzija (2-4) lost his third start in a row. He allowed a season-high five earns runs in four-plus innings, matching his shortest outing of the year.
The Marlins' first seven runs scored with two out. They went 5 for 13 with runners in scoring position.
Miami improved to 10-4 against the Giants since 2017.
Giants: RHP Nick Vincent gave up Alfaro's homer and left the game in the middle of the next inning accompanied by a trainer. There was no immediate announcement regarding an injury. ... RHP Trevor Gott (strained forearm) will soon throw a bullpen and is expected to be activated next week.
Marlins: RHP Riley Ferrell (sore lat) has been sidelined while on a rehab assignment.
Giants: LHP Madison Bumgarner (3-4. 4.10), who will start the second game of the series Wednesday, has 70 strikeouts and only 13 walks this season. He's 2-0 in five starts in May.
Marlins: RHP Pablo Lopez (3-5, 5.40) will start against the Giants for the first time. He is 2-1 with a 1.93 ERA in four home starts this year.
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