Strong Outing From Rookie Winn Helps Giants to Series Victory in Miami

Strong Outing From Rookie Winn Helps Giants to Series Victory in Miami
Thairo Estrada of the San Francisco Giants connects for an RBI double against the Miami Marlins in Miami on April 17, 2024. (Marta Lavandier/AP Photo)
The Associated Press

MIAMI—Rookie right-hander Keaton Winn threw six solid innings of one-run ball as the San Francisco Giants beat the Miami Marlins 3–1 Wednesday afternoon to earn a series victory in South Florida for the first time since 2016.

Winn (1–3) scattered four hits and struck out four. Thairo Estrada had two hits and scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, when he raced home on a double-play grounder hit by Nick Ahmed against reliever Declan Cronin (0–2).

“Definitely nice to get that monkey off my back,” Winn said of his first victory. “Tried not to think of it but knew it would come.”

Jorge Soler and Jung Hoo Lee had two hits and scored one run each for the Giants. Matt Chapman hit an RBI double in the eighth inning.

The Marlins, who grounded into two double plays, dropped to a National League-worst 4–15.

“These guys are fighting their tails off and working and we’re just not seeing the wins,” Marlins Manager Skip Schumaker said. “That’s the most frustrating thing.”

Miami’s Bryan De La Cruz hit a solo homer to tie at 1–1 in the sixth after Winn absorbed Luis Arraez’s hard comebacker to his left foot. The ball caromed to second baseman Estrada, who made the play to throw out Arraez at first.

Winn took several warm-up pitches and remained in the game. He then threw a 2–1 sinker that De La Cruz drove over the wall in right field for his third homer.

“Felt it at first but once I stood up and put weight on it, it was fine,” Winn said. “I want to stay in the game as long as I can, especially when we had two outs.”

Winn’s outing ended after Giants catcher Patrick Bailey threw Jazz Chisholm Jr. out at second on an unsuccessful steal attempt to close the sixth.

“We needed some innings today. We were down several guys,” Giants Manager Bob Melvin said. “He just pitched a great game when we needed him to.”

Erik Miller relieved Winn and threw a perfect seventh, and Tyler Rogers got the three outs in the eighth. Camilo Doval closed for his third save.

“It’s always important to end a series and road trip with a win,” Estrada said in Spanish. “Hopefully this gets us going on a good stretch when we return home.”

Estrada gave San Francisco an early lead with his RBI double off Trevor Rogers in the second. The Miami starter gave up one run and five hits, with six strikeouts, over 5 2/3 innings.

It was the only game of Miami’s two-series homestand played with the roof closed. Through the Marlins’ first two homestands this season, the roof at LoanDepot Park has been open for 10 of 13 games, already surpassing last season’s total of five.

The Marlins optioned right-hander George Soriano to Triple-A Jacksonville, Fla., and recalled Cronin from the same minor-league club.

Trainer’s Room

Giants: Veteran right-hander Alex Cobb (left-hip surgery) threw a bullpen session Tuesday in Arizona. Mr. Melvin said he will be further evaluated Thursday.
Marlins: Right-hander JT Chargois (neck spasms) is scheduled to throw a 35-pitch batting practice session Friday at the club’s spring-training complex in Jupiter, Fla.

Up Next

Giants: Right-hander Logan Webb (1–1, 3.80) will start the opener of a four-game series against visiting Arizona on Thursday.

Marlins: Have not announced a starter for Thursday’s opener of a four-game series at the Chicago Cubs.