SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Johnny Cueto danced and dazzled on the mound like the entertainer he is, and the Giants gave him three home runs to take a little pressure off — and take back first place in the tight NL West after a magnificent May.
Evan Longoria hit a two-run homer in the fourth before later leaving with a sore right side muscle, LaMonte Wade Jr. connected the next inning to back Cueto, and San Francisco beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-1 on Monday for an 18-10 record in the month.
“Johnny’s going to be a big part of our success this year,” Longoria said. “Games like today show you the kind of ability that he has and we definitely need that.”
Cueto (4-1) tipped his cap and smiled walking off the mound to a standing ovation from the crowd of 13,144 after an impressive 1-2-3 seventh to finish his stellar day. He allowed five hits and one run, struck out five and didn’t walk a batter.
“It got me excited and emotional to see the fans getting behind me,” Cueto said. “That’s what I want, that’s what I love.”
Wade had earlier hit a splash hit foul ball into the water in McCovey Cove beyond the right-field arcade, but made the next one count for his first homer with the Giants and third of his career since hitting two for the Twins in 2019.
Mauricio Dubon hit a two-out homer in the sixth to chase Angels starter Dylan Bundy (0-6). The Giants, who took three of four on the road from the rival Dodgers to complete a 5-1 road trip, have multiple home runs in six straight games.
The Angels shifted across the bay — where they were already staying — to face the Giants in a two-game interleague series after splitting four games with Oakland.
Justin Upton greeted Cueto with a single on the first pitch of the game. He quickly recovered with Upton forced out at second on a grounder by Kean Wong, who then got picked off at first.
Bundy began the day with a majors-low 1.58 runs of support and again didn’t get much help. Pitching in the Giants’ waterfront ballpark for the first time since August 2016 with Baltimore, he was done after 5 2/3 innings.
“It’s just not good, it’s embarrassing, my part,” Bundy said.
Two-way Angels star Shohei Ohtani had most of the day off before drawing a two-out walk in the ninth as a pinch-hitter. Fans booed.
“Without question one of the more talented players in baseball, one of the more dynamic players in baseball, and obviously does something that nobody else can do in being able to play and perform at the highest level both ways,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said. “Also a guy that can bring quite a bit of positive energy and attention to a club. He’s been fun to watch from the perspective of a manager but also just taking a step back and watching him as a fan, incredible, incredible talent.”
The Giants have 78 home runs this season and their six straight games with multiple homers marks the first time for the club doing so since July 24-29 2001, according to STATS.
Angels: A day after his start in Oakland, LHP José Quintana went on the 10-day injured list with inflammation in his throwing shoulder, though he will undergo further tests. Lefty José Quijada was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake to take his roster spot. “That’s what we’re thinking it is but we want to make sure. He was feeling it that last inning out there and of course the velocity was coming down,” manager Joe Maddon said. “When he says he’s hurt, he’s hurt.” … C Max Stassi concluded his four-game rehab assignment while recovering from a concussion and “he’s ready to go,” Maddon said.
Giants: Longoria said he won’t play Tuesday and is scheduled for an MRI exam. … RHP Kevin Gausman’s MRI turned up clean after he left his start Sunday at Dodger Stadium with left hip tightness after pitching six shutout innings. C Curt Casali has been dealing with a troublesome wrist that affects him swinging the bat. “Both are doing fine,” Kapler said… LHP Scott Kazmir was placed on the restricted list “to attend to a personal matter at home,” according to Kapler and LHP Conner Menez was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento.
The Giants acquired RHP Sam Delaplane from the Seattle Mariners for cash and optioned him to Sacramento.
LHP Andrew Heaney (2-3, 5.24 ERA) pitches for the Angels on Tuesday night looking to win back-to-back starts for the first time this year while pitching for the first time in San Francisco. He gave up seven earned runs over 4 1/3 innings in his lone previous outing against the Giants on April 20, 2018.
LHP Alex Wood (5-2, 2.44) pitches for the Giants, having lost his last two starts.
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