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

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

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

Camilo Doval pitched the ninth for his ninth save in 11 chances. After a nine-pitch walk to Carlos Santana leading off, Doval retired Kyle Isbel on a lineout, then struck out Ryan O'Hearn and Nicky Lopez, topping 100 mph with seven of 22 pitches.

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) remained winless in eight starts this season, though he lowered his ERA from 9.13 to 8.36. Bubic gave up three runs, five hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings.

San Francisco took a 3-0 lead in the sixth. Luis Gonzalez 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 didn’t allow a runner to reach scoring position until the seventh. With two on and out outs, Michael A. Taylor singled to right and Gonzalez made a one-hop throw to catcher Austin Wynn, who tagged out a sliding MJ Melendez. Gonzalez’s 97.4 mph throw was the Giants’ second-fastest for an outfield assist since Statcast started tracking in 2015, trailing only Austin Slater‘s at 99.6 mph on July 24, 2018

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

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


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

Giants: 1B Brandon Belt (right knee) was activated from the 10-day IL and was expected to rejoin the lineup Wednesday. Belt pinch hit in the eighth inning and was grazed by the first pitch he saw from Scott Barlow. INF Donovan Walton was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento. … RHP Alex Cobb (neck) threw the equivalent of three innings of batting practice to 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 at Cincinnati.


RHP Jonathan Heasley (1-3, 3.62) starts Wednesday for Kansas City, and LHP Sam Long (0-1, 1.96) appeared to be San Francisco’s most likely candidate to start.

Mariners sign RHP reliever Trevor Gott to 1-year contract

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SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners have begun the process of bolstering their bullpen by signing right-hander Trevor Gott to a one-year contract on Wednesday.

Gott appeared in 45 games last season with Milwaukee, going 3-4 with a 4.14 ERA. Gott had 44 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings and held opponents to a .204 batting average.

Gott’s signing helps fill a void created when Erik Swanson was traded to Toronto as part of the deal that brought slugger Teoscar Hernandez to Seattle earlier this month. Gott has also pitched for San Francisco, Washington and the Los Angeles Angels.

Last season with the Brewers, Gott saw significant drops in batting average against and walk percentage, while raising his strikeout percentage.

Seattle also made a front office announcement Wednesday with the promotion of Andy McKay to assistant general manager. McKay has been with the club since 2015, when he was hired as the director of player development. McKay was promoted to senior director of baseball development in November 2021.

In his new role, McKay will oversee baseball development at all levels of the organization.