MIAMI (AP) — Brandon Crawford hit his fifth career grand slam, Mike Yastrzemski homered and doubled, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Miami Marlins 15-6 on Friday night.
Yastrzemski, Joc Pederson, Thairo Estrada and Jason Vosler homered off Miami reliever Elieser Hernández, who was originally scheduled to start but allowed eight runs in a long relief role.
The five home runs were a season high for the Giants.
“I think we were just kind of relaxed. We had pressed a little bit the last two games, after being behind,” Yastrzemski said. “Today we just had fun. We felt we were in a good rhythm.”
Zack Littell (1-1) struck out four in two scoreless innings of relief.
Wilmer Flores’ RBI double and Yastrzemski’s three-run shot in the second put San Francisco ahead 5-0.
A night after being shut out by Miami’s Sandy Alcantara and two relievers, the Giants had their fifth double-digit scoring output of the season.
“No disrespect to the pitcher, but (Thursday) we faced a Cy Young-caliber pitcher that makes hitting a little bit harder,” Pederson said. “We got a lot more pitches to hit that weren’t 100 miles per hour. It makes the game a little bit easier.”
Pederson extended the Giants’ lead with a solo blast in the third. He drove Hernández’s pitch into the upper deck seats in right for his 13th homer.
The Marlins narrowed the deficit on Jon Berti’s two-run double in the fourth before Estrada connected with a two-run blast in the fifth to give San Francisco another six-run lead.
“It’s encouraging. Any time you score a bunch of runs and have several big innings is another thing we believe leads to winning,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said. “It’s a confidence boost for this club but again, but you’re not going to get super high…