SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Alex Wood pitched seven crisp innings after allowing a home run on the game’s third pitch, and the San Francisco Giants kept rolling at Oracle Park by beating the Miami Marlins 5-3 on Friday – without the beloved therapy bunny in attendance.
Mike Yastrzemski homered as the Giants improved to 7-1 at home and celebrated Buster Posey becoming the first player in franchise history to catch 1,000 games. Brandon Belt walked three times and had an RBI single.
Jazz Chisholm and Jesus Aguilar homered for the Marlins.
A night after Alex the rabbit provided some light moments for fans while sitting with his owners behind San Francisco’s dugout, the Giants found motivation in Wood’s second start after his season was delayed by a minor back procedure.
Wood (2-0) set down 21 of 22 after Chisholm’s leadoff homer in the first, the only hit allowed by the Giants left-hander.
“I didn’t feel great early, but I felt like I really settled in. The rest was history from there,” Wood said. “I felt great the further I got into the game. A good win for us.”
Wood struck out seven, walked one and made a nice play to snag a line drive up the middle by Chisholm in the sixth.
“Wood’s reaction time was quick and his reflexes were fantastic in that moment,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said. “I liked how he held the ball up and made sure we all knew he caught it.”
Tyler Rogers and Jake McGee retired three batters apiece to complete the three-hitter.
Yastrzemski hit an opposite-field home run to left in the third off Marlins starter Sandy Alcantara (0-2) after Tommy LaStella walked.
Alcantara allowed two runs and four hits in five innings. He had four strikeouts and four walks.
Posey walked and reached on a fielder’s choice in four plate…