Webb 7 IP shutout, Giants beat Royals for 5th straight win, 4-2

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Logan Webb pitched five hits in seven scoreless innings to win for the first time in a month, and the San Francisco Giants extended their winning streak to five with a 4 win -2 over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.

Webb (6-2) hit a season-high nine and walked three. He was 0-1 in five starts since a May 13 win at St. Louis.

“That’s what we expect,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said. “That’s where he set the bar, and now we expect him to meet her.”

Camilo Doval threw the ninth for his ninth save in 11 chances. After a nine-pitch walk to Carlos Santana, Doval retired Kyle Isbel on a lineout, then knocked out Ryan O’Hearn and Nicky Lopez, going over 100 mph with seven of 22 pitches.

The Giants haven’t allowed more than two runs in any game during their winning streak.

“It’s something that I know I talked about a lot last year,” Webb said. “We feed on that.”

Kansas City has lost the first two games of the three-game series and 12 of 16 overall. At 20-41, the Royals have the worst record in the major leagues.

Kris Bubic (0-4) has gone winless in eight starts this season, despite lowering his ERA from 9.13 to 8.36.

“You feed on your confidence, especially at the start,” Bubic said. “Once you find a good rhythm early on, you just try to keep it as consistent as possible.”

Bubic allowed three runs, five hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings.

“Some of the best things we’ve seen from him, the whole mix,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “One of the best fastballs we’ve seen from him all year, not just in terms of speed but location. Curveball was sharp, getting the swing and missing.”

San Francisco took a 3-0 lead in the sixth. Luis González doubled and scored on Wilmer Flores’ single. Darin Ruf added an RBI single and Tommy La Stella hit the first of two sacrifice flies.

Webb did not allow a runner to reach scoring position until the seventh. With two on and two out, Michael A. Taylor picked a right and González threw a jump to catcher Austin Wynn, who scored a slippery MJ Melendez. González’s 97.4 mph throw was the Giants’ second fastest for an outfield assist since Statcast began tracking in 2015, behind only Austin Slater at 99.6 mph on July 24, 2018.

“We worked hard on my fundamentals and got some good reads,” Gonzalez said of working with outfield coach Antoan Richardson.

Kansas City closed at 3-2 in the eighth against Tyler Rogers on a sacrificial fly by Bobby Witt Jr. – playing on his 22nd birthday – and Salvador Perez’s RBI single.

La Stella hit a sacrificial fly in the bottom half against Scott Barlow.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Royals: LHP Gabe Speier and RHP Matt Peacock (both COVID-19) are set to begin injury rehab assignments with Double-A Northwest Arkansas. Speier, whose uncle is former Giants shortstop Chris Speier, has not pitched since May 28. Peacock has been out since May 29.

Giants: 1B Brandon Belt (right knee) was activated from the 10-day IL and was due to join the lineup on Wednesday. The belt pinch hit in the eighth inning and was grazed by the first pitch he saw from Scott Barlow. INF Donovan Walton was opted for Triple-A Sacramento. … RHP Alex Cobb (neck) pitched the equivalent of three innings of batting practice to the minor leaguers. Cobb last pitched for the Giants on May 29, when he allowed two runs and four hits over six innings in a no-decision decision at Cincinnati.

NEXT

RHP Jonathan Heasley (1-3, 3.62) leaves Wednesday for Kansas City, and LHP Sam Long (0-1, 1.96) looked like the most likely candidate to start in San Francisco.

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