SAN FRANCISCO(AP) It was a surprise to
that he had splashed a solo home run into McCovey Cove on the 50th anniversary of Hall of Famer
's debut with the Giants.
That made his drive in San Francisco's 7-2 victory over the
on Thursday night even more special. McCovey is a regular visitor in the Giants' clubhouse and he and Sandoval often speak.
''It's special right now. I hit McCovey Cove and McCovey's here,'' Sandoval said, noting he had seen the former first baseman
earlier. ''He talks to me every time he's in the clubhouse.''
(4-9) struck out seven in 5 2-3 innings in the left-hander's first home start since throwing the team's first no-hitter in
33 years on July 10 against San Diego. Sandoval also hit a two-run double and
had a career-high three hits and drove in three runs in San Francisco's fourth straight win.
Next up Friday is the highly anticipated Phillies debut of reigning AL Cy Young Award winner
, acquired along with outfielder
from Cleveland on Wednesday.
New Giants first baseman
was a teammate of Lee's until being traded to the Giants on Monday. San Francisco sought his insight during a meeting Thursday.
''He won the
for a reason,'' Garko said. ''I didn't really want to tell them what I've been seeing. He's been tough. He's going to be one
of the best you face.''
Francisco started in center field as All-Star
rested his bruised left knee that forced him to leave Wednesday's 4-0 loss at Arizona in the seventh inning.
doubled in a run in the first that put the Phillies ahead, but they did little else against Sanchez until
's leadoff homer in the sixth.
Both benches were warned after former Giants pitcher
hit Garko in the left shoulder in the seventh. That came after Sanchez sailed a pitch over Utley's head in the sixth before
''I didn't try to hit him,'' Sanchez said. ''I have nothing against him. It was supposed to be away and got out of my hand.''
didn't think Sanchez tried to get Utley.
''The score was 7-1. I don't know why he would be trying to hit him,'' Manuel said. ''I give him the benefit of the doubt.''
Garko said he didn't think Walker threw at him intentionally either. While he was a little bit sore, Garko wasn't concerned.
All four Giants' runs in the fourth were unearned after third baseman and former Giant
made a wild throw to second for an error on
Sanchez left to a roaring standing ovation when replaced by
following a two-out walk to
in the sixth. Francisco followed with his first hit with the Phillies, a double. It was the first decision for Sanchez in
six career appearances against Philadelphia.
(3-1) was tagged for eight hits in four innings but only three of his seven runs were earned. Philadelphia had won all four
of his previous outings this year.
Sandoval's home run to the water marked the 49th time it's been done by the Giants and the second this year. Home run king
and ex-San Francisco slugger
hit 35 splash-hit homers here.
had the other one this season, on June 15 against the
Los Angeles Angels
Torres left this game after the second with a strained left hamstring. He was to be re-evaluated Friday and have an MRI.
Newly acquired All-Star second baseman
, who came over from Pittsburgh on Wednesday when they were in town, could make his Giants debut sometime this weekend after
his inflamed left knee calms down. He's not officially on the roster as the Giants had 72 hours to add him.
NOTES: Garko is 1 for 10 since joining his new team. ... Phillies RHP
, on the DL with a shoulder strain, will make a rehab start for Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Friday night. He will be on a pitch
count of about 70-80. GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said there's no plan to bring Martinez back as a reliever. ''That's not something
we've discussed with him,'' he said. ... Phillies reliever J.C. Romero (forearm) is scheduled to throw off a mound Sunday.
, another injured reliever on the DL, won't begin long toss for another five or six days as he recovers from a strained side
muscle. ''We're going to be real cautious with him,'' Amaro said. ... Giants OF
was a late arrival at the ballpark following the death of his father-in-law. He replaced Torres in CF in the top of the third.
... San Francisco CF
, nursing a forearm injury, played catch from 120 feet and ''felt much better,'' according to manager
. ... Walker, the former Cal guy, plunked Garko, the former Stanford guy.