Solano’s pinch-hit, 2-run homer rallies Giants past A’s

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Pinch-hitter Donovan Solano delivered a go-ahead two-run homer on the first pitch he saw from A.J. Puk with two outs in the eighth inning, and the San Francisco Giants rallied past the Oakland Athletics for a second straight day with a 2-1 win Sunday.

Puk (0-1) couldn’t hold the lead after relieving Frankie Montas, who struck out nine over seven scoreless innings in a brilliant duel with Logan Webb. Solano connected moments after Austin Slater drew a pinch-hit walk.


Dominic Leone (3-2) struck out two in a perfect seventh. Starling Marte’s two-out double in the eighth against Tyler Rogers put the tying run on third but Matt Olson grounded out. Jake McGee pitched the ninth for his 28th save after allowing Josh Harrison’s one-out double.

The NL West-leading Giants won the season series 4-2 from their AL playoff-contending Bay Area rivals on a day 30,345 people packed the Coliseum.

Montas came through with a clutch outing after Oakland’s starters had gone fewer than six innings in eight of their last nine games. He had allowed two runs in five innings during his only previous appearance against San Francisco on June 26.

A day after San Francisco came back late for a 6-5 victory, Mark Canha put Oakland ahead in the sixth with an RBI single off Webb, who hasn’t lost since May 5 at Colorado. He struck out seven and walked one over six innings and gave up one run on five hits. The right-hander has surrendered two or fewer earned runs in 12 straight starts.

After his go-ahead hit, Canha wound up out going to third once review showed he was hit by a batted ball on Marte’s single. Marte stole two bases, giving him a major league-leading 39 — going 17 for 17 since joining the A’s before the trade deadline.



Giants: 3B Evan Longoria was placed on the injured list after he received a COVID-19 booster vaccine. … RHP Reyes Moronta, who has made only four appearances this season because of an elbow flexor strain, returned from his rehabilitation assignment and was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento. … RHP Anthony DeSclafani went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to Thursday with inflammation in his right ankle.

Athletics: RF Stephen Piscotty could soon be headed for surgery on his troublesome left wrist after two previous cortisone injections this year. On Friday night, Piscotty’s discomfort returned and was placed on the IL on Saturday. He is scheduled to be examined by hand specialist Dr. Mark Leber in Arizona sometime this week. … RHP Chris Bassitt, struck by a line drive in the face Tuesday night at Chicago, is set to be examined Monday by plastic surgeon Dr. Peter Revenaugh and have a repeat CT scan with surgery planned for Tuesday to repair a cheekbone that was fractured in three places. His right eye had been swollen shut but is now open. He will likely remain in Chicago for two to three days after the procedure, according to athletic trainer Nick Paparesta. … C Sean Murphy was held out of the lineup with a tender wrist that he felt during his first at-bat Saturday, but entered for defense in the ninth. Manager Bob Melvin had planned to start Murphy on Sunday but instead went with Yan Gomes.


The Giants recalled LHP Sammy Long and RHP Jay Jackson from Triple-A Sacramento.


The Giants have an off day in New York on Monday before facing the Mets on Tuesday night, with San Francisco’s starter still unannounced.

RHP Paul Blackburn (0-1, 5.06 ERA), called up after Bassitt’s injury, takes the mound Monday for the A’s in the opener of a two-game series with the Mariners.

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