SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Mauricio Dubon broke a seventh-inning tie with a two-out, pinch-hit single, Alex Wood won for the fourth time in five starts and the San Francisco Giants beat the Texas Rangers 3-1 on Monday night.
Brandon Belt hit his eighth home run and Mike Yastrzemski doubled for San Francisco. The Giants (21-14) are tied with idle St. Louis for the best record in the National League.
Dubon’s go-ahead hit came from the last of three consecutive pinch-hitters used that inning by San Francisco manager Gabe Kapler.
“For me it was just go in there and have my approach. Do what I do best,” Dubon said. “I don’t care what (the pitcher) throws. I don’t care what he does. As long as I have my approach, I’m good to go.”
Wood (4-0) had seven strikeouts and allowed one run in seven innings, lowering his ERA to 1.80. The lefty got double plays in the fifth and seventh innings and fanned Adolis Garcia and Joey Gallo with two on and one out in the sixth.
Tyler Rogers retired three batters. Jake McGee allowed two hits in the ninth but got Charlie Culberson to pop out to third to end it.
Khris Davis had two hits for the Rangers.
The Giants took the lead for when Kapler turned to his bench in the seventh.
Pinch-hitters Austin Slater and Darin Ruf walked and singled respectively off reliever John King (4-2). Dubon, hitting for Wood, followed with a single to left, and Slater slid into home well ahead of the throw from Davis. Culberson’s throwing error on Yastrzemski’s grounder allowed Ruf to score.
“It’s tough when you’re going to roll out three pinch-hitters all at once,” Kapler said. “If you don’t end up scoring a run, you’re almost out of players. Dubon’s at-bat was excellent, that’s the one that’s going to stand out. But…