SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Mitch Haniger hit a two-run single, Kyle Seager also singled in a run in Seattle’s big first inning, and the Mariners spoiled the San Francisco Giants’ home opener with a 6-4 win Tuesday.
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Joe Panik hit a solo homer and Evan Longoria added a two-run shot for the Giants, the first with his new team.
Panik homered leading off the fourth, his third of the year to account for all San Francisco’s runs to that point. San Francisco became the first team in major league history to score its first three runs of the year on solo homers by the same player, according to Elias. It was Panik’s first homer at AT&T Park since Aug. 28, 2016.
The Mariners answered right back in the fifth, getting Robinson Cano’s RBI double and a sacrifice fly from Guillermo Heredia.
Austin Jackson added a sacrifice fly in his home debut for the Giants, while new right fielder Andrew McCutchen made a snazzy diving catch in the ninth.
Ty Blach (1-1), filling in for injured ace Madison Bumgarner, was done after 4 1/3 innings having allowed 10 hits and six runs. He tossed five scoreless innings in a season-opening 1-0 win at Dodger Stadium last Thursday.
Seattle jumped on the lefty immediately, the first three batters reaching base without the ball leaving the infield: An infield single by Dee Gordon, bunt base hit for Jean Segura and a walk to Robinson Cano before Haniger delivered.
Edwin Diaz finished for his third save.
The Giants had been 1 for 28 with runners in scoring position in their season-opening split of a four-game road series against the Dodgers. San Francisco’s two runs in the initial four contests were its fewest in franchise history.
The crowd of 40,901 marked the lowest for a Giants home opener in the 19-year ballpark’s history.
Ex-San Francisco closer Brian Wilson threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
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BAKER IS BACK
Dusty Baker, back with the Giants in an advisory role nearly 18 years after last managing the team, walked onto the field and shared a warm embrace with CEO Larry Baer before making the rounds behind the dugout and hugging current manager Bruce Bochy. Baker was fired as Washington’s manager this offseason.
“I’m liking it but it’s a little strange,” Baker said of the role. “I didn’t think I’d have another opener. On the whole, things worked out. Here I am with opening with the Giants seeing a lot of old friends, even old friends on the other team, like (Seattle manager) Scott Servais played for me here with the Giants.”
Ichiro Suzuki laughed and smiled when his inside-the-park All-Star Game homer at AT&T Park in 2007 was mentioned before the game.
“That was a long time ago,” Suzuki said.
This marked his first regular-season game in San Francisco with the Mariners, as his last time still with Seattle was in the All-Star Game.
Mariners: Seattle placed DH Nelson Cruz on the 10-day disabled list after he suffered a sprained right ankle slipping on the dugout steps following a two-run homer Saturday against Cleveland. “I’m very optimistic and hopeful that he’ll be back at the end of the 10 days,” manager Servais said. Cruz will rehab in Seattle and not travel with the team. … C Mike Zunino (strained left oblique) could join the Mariners on the road trip as he’s eligible to be activated Friday. … RHP Erasmo Ramirez (strained right lat muscle) was scheduled to pitch a simulated game of about 30 pitches for Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday while OF Ben Gamel (strained right oblique) is set to play for the Rainiers on Thursday and could be ready after the road trip.
Giants: C Nick Hundley started as Bochy moved Buster Posey to play first. … RHP Jeff Samardzija, sidelined by a right pectoral strain, threw a 30-pitch bullpen session and is expected to do another hard throwing day before beginning a rehab assignment.
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