Longoria, Solano lead offense as Giants top Texas RangersAugust 2, 2020 8:00am

Aug. 02-- SAN FRANCISCO-Evan Longoria has played in only three games so far this year and already it seems like he's settled into a pretty nice groove.

Donovan Solano, on the other hand, hasn't slowed down all season.

Longoria had a hit in each of his first two games this season and went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a walk Saturday as the San Francisco Giants beat the Texas Rangers 7-3 at Oracle Park and moved above .500 for the first time this season.

Solano's one-out single in the third inning scored two runs and gave the Giants (5-4) a 4-2 lead. He added an RBI single in the eighth inning, and now has 13 hits in 29 at-bats over eight games. .

Mike Yastrzemski collected an RBI in the sixth inning, drawing a bases loaded walk for a 5-2 San Francisco advantage. The Giants drew 11 walks Saturday, with four by Yastrzemski.

Giants left-hander Drew Smyly exited Saturday's game near the start of the fifth inning with what was described as left index finger discomfort.

Smyly was pitching to Rob Refsnyder and had a 1-1 count when play was halted. Smyly was visited on the mound by manager Gabe Kapler and trainer L.J. Petra and later tried to throw some practice pitches, but could not continue and came out of the game.

Right-handed reliever Shaun Anderson replaced Smyly and got Elvis Andrus to ground into a double play. After Anderson walked both Nick Solak and Adolis Garcia, he was replaced by Caleb Baragar, who struck out Joey Gallo to end the threat.

Up until that point, Smyly had been enjoying an effective start, allowing three hits and two earned runs on 71 pitches. He had seven strikeouts.

Smyly should have escaped the first inning unscathed when the Rangers scored their first two runs, but the Giants botched a rundown that allowed Elvis Andrus to get back to third base. Todd Frazier then singled to right to score Andrus and Gallo and give the Rangers a 2-0 lead.

Smyly, 31, threw 57 pitches through three innings. Kapler has been looking for more efficiency from his starting staff, which had not been able to complete five innings in the first eight games of the season.

But as has been the case for most of the homestand, the Giants' offense provided enough run support to overcome the hiccups by the starting staff. Coming into Saturday, the Giants had scored 25 runs in four games at Oracle Park, which included their 9-2 win over the Rangers on Friday night.

Longoria drove an 80 mph curveball from Rangers starter into center field to score Yastrzemski and Alex Dickerson and tie the game 2-2. He also doubled in Friday's 9-2 win over Texas, and had an RBI in the Giants' 12-7 loss to the Padres on Thursday after he was activated from the 10-day injured list with an oblique injury.

Rangers outfielder Scott Heineman, competing against older brother and Giants catcher Tyler Heineman for the first time at the major league level, hit a home run in the top of the ninth to round out the scoring. Scott rounded the bases and touched the plate in front of Tyler, who seemed to crack a bit of a smile at the time.

In Smyly's first start of the season on July 26, he lasted 3 1/3 innings, throwing 64 pitches and allowing one earned run in what turned into a 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Giants are now 3-2 on this homestand, which concludes Sunday against the Rangers. The Giants begin a 10-game road trip Monday in Colorado, as they play four games against the Rockies, three games in Los Angeles against the Dodgers and then three games in Houston.

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