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Blake Snell blanks Blue Jays as SF Giants earn walkoff win


SAN FRANCISCO — The calendar turned to July and Blake Snell turned into himself.

Delayed by his late signing, then two stints on the injured list, the version of the two-time Cy Young award winner the Giants thought they were getting when they inked the left-hander to a $62 million contract finally showed up Tuesday evening at Oracle Park.

Kicking off the Giants’ final home stand before the All-Star break, Snell blanked the Blue Jays for five innings and put himself in line to earn his first win in seven starts with his new club. He didn’t factor into the decision, however, as it took more late theatrics for the Giants to pull out a walkoff win, 4-3, over the American League East’s basement dwellers.

Down to their last out, Tyler Fitzgerald took ball four and the next batter, Brett Wisely, bounced a chopper past the pitcher’s mound and off the glove of a diving Leo Jiménez at second base, allowing Patrick Bailey to score the tying run, and six pitches later Fitzgerald raced home from third on a wild pitch from Trevor Richards, who wasn’t able to protect the 3-2 lead Toronto took into the bottom of the ninth.

Fitzgerald’s solo shot an inning earlier put the Giants in position for their ninth-inning comeback, after they nearly wasted the best outing of the year they have received from Snell.

Two innings after Snell departed holding a 1-0 advantage — courtesy of Heliot Ramos’ team-leading 13th home run of the year — Ryan Walker surrendered a three-spot in the seventh, issuing a one-out walk and a double that both came home to score when his two-strike slider over the inner-half of the plate to Ernie Clement landed in the left-field bleachers.

The home run represented the first earned runs allowed by Walker since June 1, also the last time he surrendered a long ball, snapping a streak of 17 straight innings without an earned run that lowered his ERA 1.91 entering his National League-leading 46th appearance of the season.

A couple young Giants provided their own power display hours after Farhan Zaidi explained the “vote of confidence” in them the front office made by recently parting ways with a pair of veterans, setting the stage for them to contribute to the walkoff win in the ninth.

Leading off the eighth, Fitzgerald put a spark in the 32,124 on hand with a home run that evaded the glove of a leaping Daulton Varsho in left field to pull the Giants within one, 3-2. And with a two-out double, Ramos gave them the tying run at second base but was stranded there when Matt Chapman struck out for the third time.

Opening a 1-0 advantage in the fourth, Ramos launched an 0-2 fastball into the visitor’s bullpen and on his way home slapped hands with third base coach Matt Williams, who was the last Giants player 25 or younger with as many home runs as Ramos through his first 55 games of the season.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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