MIAMI (AP) — Jesús Sánchez hit a game-winning sacrifice fly in the ninth inning and the Miami Marlins beat the San Francisco Giants 5-4 Saturday.
Giants reliever Tyler Rogers (0-2) allowed Jesús Aguilar’s leadoff single and hit Avisaíl García. A balk by Rogers advanced pinch runner Luke Williams and García before Sánchez’s drive to medium center scored Williams for the Marlins’ first walk-off win of the season.
“I was just trying to hit the ball,” Sánchez said. “My main focus was if I hit the ball, I’m going to be ok.”
Tyler Scott (1-1) pitched a scoreless inning for the win.
Miami starter Pablo López overcame a line drive off his pitching shoulder hit by San Francisco’s Thairo Estrada in the second and pitched seven innings of four-run ball. The shot, timed at 104.4 mph, caromed to second baseman Jazz Chisholm Jr., who threw Estrada out at first.
“It happened so quick,” López said. “I’m glad I was able to put a glove on it and then Jazz, great heads up play to get the out. That was huge.”
Although Marlins training personnel immediately tended to López, the right-hander remained in the game.
López, who threw a season high 110 pitches, allowed four hits, walked two, struck out six and retired the final 11 batters he faced. He credited manager Don Mattingly for letting him pitch deeper after difficult third and fourth innings.
“I really appreciate the trust that Don had in me to go out for the sixth and seventh innings,” López said. “Knowing that you have that trust it’s just one of those things that hypes you up to put zeroes on the board.”
Down 4-0, the Marlins chased Giants starter Logan Webb with a four-run fifth. Sánchez hit an RBI double, advanced on Jon Berti’s single and scored after Giants catcher Joey Bart’s…