MIAMI (AP) — Henderson Alvarez expects to make his next start despite limping off the field Saturday after being hit in the left shin by Joe Panik's grounder.
Alvarez lasted just 2 2-3 innings, allowing two runs — one earned — in the Miami Marlins' 5-3 loss to the San Francisco Giants.
"He's going to be all right, X-rays were negative," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "We'll see how the next few days' progress and he gets out there on his bullpen day and see how he feels."
Alvarez (6-5) threw out Panik at first before limping off with a contusion. The All-Star is scheduled to make his next start on July 24 at Atlanta.
"It got me in between the bone and the flesh," Alvarez said. "It got me pretty good. Luckily I'm fine, just a bump. I anticipate on making my next start. We have to give it a couple days to see how it heals, but as of now I'm looking to pitch in Atlanta."
Giancarlo Stanton hit his National League-best 23rd home run for Miami, which has lost six straight. It was his second home run in two days after not hitting one for three weeks.
"That's good, back-to-back homers," Redmond said. "Hopefully that gets him going. We definitely need him. He's the guy, so it's good to see him have a couple big at-bats and a couple home runs."
All-Star Tim Hudson, with eight days between starts, pitched into the eighth inning and got the run support he needed.
"He was sharp, I'm sure the added rest probably did benefit him," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.
Hudson (8-6) came into the game with just five runs of support in his last five starts, but the Giants jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the fourth inning, which was enough for the 39-year old veteran.
He allowed one run and eight hits in 7 1-3 innings. He struck out three and did not walk a batter while throwing 52 of his 81 pitches for strikes.
"Obviously this time of year, extra rest is usually welcomed," Hudson said.
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