SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants swept their way into the All-Star break on Sunday.
Andrew Susac hit a three-run homer and fellow rookie Chris Heston had another strong start as the Giants beat the Phillies 4-2 on a sunny day at AT&T Park. They outscored Philadelphia 27-9 in a lopsided three-game series.
Heston faced the minimum through six innings even though he gave up a single in each of the first four. The Phillies hit into three double plays and the final runner was caught trying to steal second.
A lineup that scored 23 runs the previous two nights gave Heston the lead with a four-run fourth. Brandon Crawford’s single to center scored the first run and Susac followed with a three-run bomb that landed on the net covering the garden beyond the center field wall.
The Phillies got one run back in the seventh thanks to a strange play that should have been the third out of the inning. With a runner on first and the Giants playing a shift, Ryan Howard hit a high pop-up to left-center. Gregor Blanco and Angel Pagan were late and slow getting over and the ball dropped just out of the reach of Matt Duffy, who came charging over from the infield. Maikel Franco scored from first.
Cody Asche followed with a double but Josh Osich entered and got the Giants out of the inning.
Starting pitching report: Heston was charged with one earned on six hits in 6 2/3 innings. His final line for the first half: 9-5, 3.39 ERA. Not bad. Not bad at all.
Bullpen report: The Giants may need two roster spots next week when Tim Hudson and Jeremy Affeldt are ready to return, and Osich is certainly making a case to stay. The rookie hasn’t allowed a hit in six appearances and he retired all four Phillies he faced Sunday.
At the plate: Susac had just two hits in his previous 27 at-bats before homering. It was his third homer of the season.
In the field: Pretty standard game, really.
Attendance: The Giants announced a crowd of 42,387. We’ll allow it.
Up next: Three full days off! For most of these guys, anyway. Four Giants are going to the All-Star Game but the rest will scatter across the country and disappear (unless they post a beach photo on Instagram).