The Giants finally provided some run support for Ryan Vogelsong. And in a very related development, Vogelsong ended a six-start winless streak.
Hunter Pence hit a two-run triple, Matt Duffy collected his first major league hit and RBI, and the Giants started their 10-game road trip with a 5-1 victory over the New York Mets at Citi Field on Friday.
Vogelsong was masterful while throwing the second complete game of his career, holding the Mets to two hits. It was his first nine-inning complete game of his career. His other complete game came on May 14, 2011 in a rain-shortened six-inning outing against the Cubs.
Starting pitching report
Vogelsong hadn’t won since June 21 despite a respectable 3.48 ERA over his previous six starts. He received no runs of support in five of those six outings, and the Giants were shut out in four of them.
Vogelsong did not need much support to win this time. He combined movement with command while taking a no-hit bid into the sixth inning. It took a home run from Lucas Duda to break up Vogelsong’s shutout in the eighth, and that came after the pitcher likely was fatigued after scoring from first base on Pence’s hit in the top of the inning.
It was all Vogelsong, although Jeremy Affeldt warmed up and was ready if needed in the ninth.
At the plate
Brandon Crawford had a big day at the plate, hitting his ninth triple of the season to go along with two singles. Juan Perez hit a double and Crawford drove him in as the Giants scored a two-run second inning against Mets left-hander Jonathan Niese.
It remained a 2-0 lead until the seventh when Crawford tripled, Vogelsong was hit on the leg by a pitch and Pence followed by reaching out and getting the barrel on a two-strike pitch, splitting the gap in right-center to drive in two.
Duffy, who was making his big league debut as the new No. 2 hitter and second baseman, followed with his first major league hit – an RBI single that fell in front of the left fielder.
Duffy climbed the ladder to snag a line drive in the eighth inning. A regular shortstop at Richmond, he also looked good turning the double play.
The Giants and Mets continue their four-game series at Citi Field on Saturday. Jake Peavy (0-1, 4.50 ERA) takes the mound against Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom (5-5, 2.79). First pitch is scheduled for 4:10 p.m. PDT.