Soler’s pinch hit blast leads Marlins past Giants 4-3

Jorge Soler #12 of the Miami Marlins hits a home run in the seventh inning against the San Francisco Giants at loanDepot park on April 17, 2023 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images) (Eric Espada, 2023 Getty Images)

MIAMI – Jorge Soler hit a pinch-hit two-run home run in the seventh inning and the Miami Marlins rallied to beat the San Francisco Giants 4-3 Monday night.

Jazz Chisholm Jr. and Jesus Sánchez had two hits each for the Marlins, who have won five of six.

During Soler’s at-bat, third base umpire Lance Barrett signaled Giants starter Logan Webb had balked, allowing Jean Segura to score from third. But the umpiring crew met and ruled no balk occurred.

Segura returned to third and Soler sent Webb’s next pitch over the wall in center for his second career pinch-hit homer and fifth of the season.

Webb’s outing ended after Soler’s blast. In his first start since signing a five-year $90 million contract extension Friday, Webb (0-4) gave up four runs, eight hits, struck out six and hit a batter.

Matt Barnes (1-0) pitched a scoreless seventh and Dylan Floro followed with a perfect eighth. A.J. Puk closed with a scoreless ninth for his second save.

The Giants struck first against Marlins starter Jesús Luzardo with consecutive two-out doubles by Joey Bart and rookie Heliot Ramos in the second. It was Ramos’ first career RBI.

David Villar’s two-run double in the third made it 3-0 before the Marlins got on the board on Chisholm RBI single in the bottom half.

Chisholm singled to lead off the sixth then stole second and scored on Luis Arraez’s single.

Luzardo was lifted after 4 1/3 innings. The left-hander allowed three runs, six hits, walked two and struck out six.

MAKING UP FOR MISCUE Luzardo allowed Ramos to reach in the fourth when he fielded a dribbler and threw errantly to first. But Luzardo atoned for the error by picking off Ramos.


The Giants will finally face more familiar opponents after a heavy slate of interleague games to start the season. Eleven of San Francisco’s first 14 games, excluding the postponed series finale at Detroit Sunday, were against American League clubs. For the Giants, the opener at Miami began a stretch of 13 consecutive National League games.


Giants: OF Mitch Haniger (left oblique strain) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday. ... OF Michael Conforto (left calf tightness) was available to pinch hit for the third straight game.

Marlins: RHP Johnny Cueto (right bicep tightness) will throw a 35-pitch bullpen Tuesday. ... OF Avisaíl García (right wrist contusion) did not play.


LHP Alex Wood (0-1, 1.17) will start the middle game of the series for the Giants Tuesday against Marlins RHP Edward Cabrera (0-1, 4.63).

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