SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two key players are finding their way for the San Francisco Giants.
Pablo Sandoval homered for the first time in more than a month and Ryan Vogelsong won for just the second time in nine starts, leading the San Francisco Giants past the Miami Marlins 4-1 on Sunday to salvage a split of their four-game series.
Manager Bruce Bochy never doubted these two would get on track.
"They're two guys we need to have success," Bochy said, "Vogey being a starter and Pablo hitting in the heart of the order."
Buster Posey returned from a day off to hit a sacrifice fly, while Tyler Colvin and Brandon Hicks each hit RBI singles in a stretch of four straight base hits with two outs in the first against Jacob Turner.
Staked to an early lead, Vogelsong (2-2) struck out six in seven innings as the Giants concluded a season-long stretch with 17 games in as many days. San Francisco avoided its first three-game home losing streak.
Turner (0-2) is still searching for his first road win, falling to 0-11 in 18 career road starts.
"All I can do is go out and give it everything I have," he said. "Wins, losses, those are things I can't control."
Sandoval connected for his third home run with two outs in the fifth, his first since April 13 against the Rockies. He has struggled so far in a contract year.
Christian Yelich's RBI groundout off Jeremy Affeldt in the eighth accounted for Miami's run. Sergio Romo pitched the ninth for his 15th save.
A day after San Francisco was shut out 5-0 — its second shutout in five games — and went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position and stranded nine, the Giants jumped on Turner right away.
The right-hander hit Gregor Blanco to begin the bottom of the first and Blanco stole second, then Posey's sacrifice fly two batters later put the Giants on the board. Eight of San Francisco's 15 runs in the series came with two outs.
Vogelsong did his part, and got some help from the defense with a double play and caught stealing.
The pitcher also had his third hit of the year with a second-inning single.
Vogelsong allowed five hits, struck out at least six for the third time in four May outings, and walked one for his second win of the season. His other victory came May 3 at Atlanta — and the right-hander stayed optimistic.