SEATTLE (AP) — Buster Posey and Evan Longoria both homered for the second straight game, and the San Francisco Giants took advantage of the Seattle Mariners’ bullpen issues for a 6-3 win Friday night.
Posey went deep leading off the third inning and Longoria added a two-run shot off starter Yusei Kikuchi in the sixth to tie it at 3.
Posey pulled his homer down the left-field line on opening night and drove his second of the season out to deep right-center. It was the first time Posey — who opted out of the shortened 2020 season — homered in consecutive games since May 2017.
“No matter the year it’s always nice to to get one early,” Posey said. “Particularly the way I turned on that pitch, I don’t think I have done that in a while. And even the one tonight I felt like I really stayed through it well, so it was nice to see.”
A night after San Francisco’s bullpen struggled late, it was Seattle’s turn to have problems with one of its relievers.
The Giants scored three times in the seventh off Drew Steckenrider (0-1). Donovan Solano had the big blow with a two-out, two-run double, but a pair of walks earlier in the inning created the problems for Steckenrider. Longoria also had an RBI single.
“Just the one inning got us with our bullpen,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “We’ll figure it out. It’s gonna happen once in a while.”
Wandy Peralta (1-0) pitched 1 1/3 innings in relief of starter Johnny Cueto to get the victory. Cueto tossed 5 1/3 innings and allowed three runs on 105 pitches. Jake McGee pitched the ninth for his first save.
Kikuchi was outstanding, getting ahead in counts and putting away batters. The left-hander threw 67 strikes in his 89 pitches, and his 10 strikeouts matched his career-best total from a 2019 game against…