PHILADELPHIA — Left-hander Matt Moore made a good impression in his first start since the Giants obtained him frm the Rays and Denard Span hit the go-ahead home run in the 10th inning as the Giants beat the Phillies 3-2 Thursday.
Span, a former Tampa Catholic standout, had three hits. He started this road trip amid rumblings that Eduardo Nunez might bump him from his leadoff spot. He responded with his best series as a Giant, going 7-for-15 with two steals and four runs scored — the last one the most significant, as it helped the Giants avoid being swept in three games.
"I mean, it's August, so now or never," said Span, who lofted a down-and-in pitch from Severino Gonzalez that curled inside the rightfield pole. "I don't need that stuff (talk of being moved in the lineup) to motivate me, to be honest. I've been grinding my butt off all year."
Moore gave up a pair of one-run leads and walked six in six innings, but otherwise posted a quality start.
"I was maybe a tad bit geared up," he said. "I just kind of calmed down and got back to simple things."
"They've been swinging the bats well, and what? Three hits off him?" Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Moore.