MIAMI (AP) — Several firsts by the Giants’ pitching staff added up to a bunch of zeroes for the Marlins.
Alex Wood threw five innings in his first start for San Francisco, reliever Camilo Doval made a successful major league debut and Tyler Rogers earned his first save of the year as the Giants beat Miami 1-0 Sunday.
The Marlins totaled only three hits against five pitchers, and the Giants averted a series sweep by scoring an unearned run in the third.
Wood (1-0), returning from a back problem that sidelined him midway through spring training, allowed three hits and walked none. The left-hander signed a $3 million, one-year contract after pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2020.
“I felt really good,” he said. “It was a really good start. Any time there are zeroes on the board, no matter how you get there, that’s always a positive.”
With the Giants’ bullpen depleted by a 10-inning loss Saturday night, they called on Doval in the seventh. The rookie pitched a perfect inning against the heart of the order, striking out Jesús Aguilar and Adam Duvall.
“It’s not the easiest task, but he stepped up and met the challenge,” manager Gabe Kapler said. “The athlete came out.”
With closer Jake McGee unavailable, Rogers threw a perfect ninth for the Giants’ third shutout in their past seven games.
McGee blew a save Saturday, possibly because he was feeling lingering effects from the COVID-19 vaccine. He went on the injured list Sunday but isn’t expected to be sidelined long.
The Giants retired the last 13 batters.
Miami also lost center fielder Starling Marte, who tweaked his oblique batting with two out in the ninth. Jorge Alfaro replaced him and grounded out to end the game.
“It is something Starling just felt,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly…