Panik helps Giants beat Phillies 6-5

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 16, 2014 at 8:46 pm •  Published: August 16, 2014
Advertisement
;

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants may have found their answer at second base. Joe Panik is showing he belongs in the lineup.

Panik tripled and scored on Gregor Blanco's tiebreaking single in the eighth inning, helping the Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-5 on Saturday.

Panik, one of eight players the Giants have tried at second, also had an RBI single in San Francisco's four-run rally in the sixth. The rookie is batting .410 (16 for 39) in his last 11 games.

"I feel like I've hit my stride here," Panik said. "When you first come up, everything is new to you. Once I got settled in, I got a feel for everything."

Michael Morse had two doubles and a triple as San Francisco won for the second time in three games following a five-game skid. Blanco went 2 for 2 with two RBIs.

"The bats came to life and we started placing the ball well," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "That picks up the energy. It's a great win, particularly after the loss we had last night."

Ryan Howard had three hits and three RBIs for the Phillies, who have lost six of eight. Ben Revere went 4 for 5.

Five San Francisco relievers combined for five scoreless innings after Tim Hudson struggled, giving the Giants time to rally. Jeremy Affledt (3-1) pitched 1 1-3 innings for the win and Sergio Romo got the final two outs for his 23rd save.

Panik led off the eighth with his first career triple and Blanco, who entered as a pinch hitter in the sixth, singled past a drawn-in infield. Antonio Bastardo (5-7) took the loss.

"I got to two strikes and I was just battling," Panik said. "I tried to put a good swing on the ball and I was fortunate enough to hit the gap."

Hudson was charged with five runs and eight hits in four-plus innings.

"I wasn't really in synch," Hudson said.

The Phillies scored three times in the fifth to take a 5-1 lead. Howard had a two-run single against Hudson, improving to .343 (24 for 70) for his career against the right-hander.

Kyle Kendrick pitched five innings for the Phillies, yielding four runs and eight hits.

Buster Posey sparked San Francisco's rally in the sixth with a leadoff single. Pablo Sandoval then hit a high pop fly that dropped between Howard and second baseman Chase Utley. Posey reached second when Utley's backhanded flip took Jimmy Rollins off the base.

Continue reading this story on the...