SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Giants catcher Curt Casali caught his fifth consecutive shutout, guiding Aaron Sanchez and four relievers in San Francisco’s 3-0 win over the Miami Marlins on Thursday night.
Casali — a backup to veteran catcher Buster Posey, who got a night off — is the fifth catcher since at least 1900 to backstop a shutout in five straight starts. He joins Francisco Cervelli (2015), Chris Hoiles (1995), Alan Ashby (1986) and Ed Phelps (six straight in 1903), per Elias Sports. Casali is the first to do it with five different starting pitchers.
The Giants capitalized in the first with two outs against lefty Daniel Castano (0-1), when Darin Ruf hit an RBI double and Casali followed with a two-run single.
Sanchez (1-1) gave up two hits, struck out two and didn’t walk a batter over five impressive innings for his first victory with the Giants.
Jake McGee, who like Sanchez is a new member of San Francisco’s pitching staff this season, finished the two-hit shutout in 2 hours, 26 minutes, for his seventh save.
The Giants are 6-1 after losses, dropping back-to-back contests just once this season. They lost the series finale to the Phillies on Wednesday before their long trip home.
Castano allowed three runs and five hits over five innings for short-handed Miami following a cross-country trip after Wednesday’s home game with Baltimore.
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Marlins manager Don Mattingly compares playing in San Francisco to the vibe of East Coast ballparks, with the electricity of the fans — and he missed not making this trip last year.
“The atmosphere here is really good,” Mattingly said. “Their fan base is energetic and rowdy. It’s a fun place to play. It’s closer to the East Coast than any of the West Coast cities that we play in, so San Francisco for…