The Giants secured their first home win of the season winning for the first time in the Oracle Park era beating the Tampa Bay Rays 6-3, Just as it was in yesterdays game the Giants found themselves down before they even had their first at bats as Ji-Man Choi doubled into triples alley just out of the reach of Kevin Pillar giving them the 1-0 lead off starter Jeff Samardzija who would go 4.2 innings giving up six hits while striking out four.
The Giants who have struggled to get hits the first time through the lineup so far this season changed that as Kevin Pillar led off the bottom of the third with a bunt hit, he would steal second and advance to third on a throwing error by Catcher Mike Zunino. Joe Panik would walk and Jeff Samardzija would bunt him over giving the Giants two runners in scoring position with only one out. Steven Duggar would hit a sacrifice fly to center field scoring Pillar and Brandon Belt would follow that with a sharp base hit into right field scoring Panik from second giving the Giants the 2-1 lead after three.
In the top of the fifth the Rays would load the bases on three singles and with one out Tommy Phan would drive in the tying run by hitting a sacrifice fly to center field. Choi would drive in his second run of the game hitting a one hopper to Gerardo Parra in left field in what was a close play at the plate the Giants would challenge the call, but were unsuccessful and would go to the bottom of the fifth trailing the Rays 3-2.
In the bottom of the fifth Panik would start the inning off with a walk and Connor Joe would finally get his first major league hit and put the Giants in business. Steven Duggar would rip a double into right field and bring home both Panik and Joe to give the Giants their second lead of the ball game. Brandon Belt would come up next and launch a homer over the left field wall and the Giants would finish that inning scoring four runs and leading the Rays 6-3.
In the sixth inning the Rays would get one of those runs back as Mike Zunino would single into left field scoring Kevin Keirmaier who singled and stole second to put himself in scoring position. Things would be quite through the next couple innings for both squads and it was Will Smith who would come in to try and save the game for the Giants. He would retire the first batter, but give up a single to the following batter. With one out Austin Meadows would beat out a double play to keep the Rays hope alive, but it was Tommy Phan who would drive a ball deep to left field just in front of the wall and the Giants would earn their first win at home beating the Rays 6-4.
In what was a very good game for the Giants they will look to win their first series on the season when they take on the Rays in the series finale tomorrow from Oracle Park sending lefty Drew Pomeranz(0-0) to the hill to take on Yonny Chirinos in some sunday day baseball.