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Kapler beats former team as Giants defeat Phillies 5-3

Johnny Cueto struck out five in six uneven innings, Brandon Belt homered and the San Francisco Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-3 on Friday night.

LaMonte Wade Jr. doubled, tripled and drove in two runs as the Giants won in manager Gabe Kapler’s first game against his former team. Kapler was fired in 2019 after two seasons as the Phillies' manager.

San Francisco has won five straight, 17 of 23 and is a majors-best 45-25.

San Francisco Giants' Brandon Belt (9) watches his solo home run in front of Philadelphia Phillies catcher Andrew Knapp during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, June 18, 2021, in San Francisco. (AP PhotoTony Avelar)

Andrew McCutchen hit his 12th home run for the Phillies. Odúbel Herrera connected for his fifth, a solo shot leading off the game. Bryce Harper had two hits in his return to Philadelphia’s lineup after leaving Wednesday’s game against the Dodgers with lower back tightness.

Cueto (5-3) settled down to beat the Phillies for the second time in 13 career starts after giving up Hererra’s home run on the fourth pitch of the game. Cueto allowed three runs on six hits. He also walked and scored the tie-breaking run on Wade’s triple in the fourth.

Dominic Leone and Tyler Rogers retired three batters apiece. Jake McGee pitched the ninth for his 14th save.

Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera cannot make the catch on a triple by San Francisco Giants' LaMonte Wade Jr. during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, June 18, 2021, in San Francisco. (AP PhotoTony Avelar)

Phillies starter Vince Velasquez (2-2) allowed four runs, three earned, and walked four in four innings. Velasquez is winless over his last four starts.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Phillies: Catcher Andrew Knapp came out of the game after taking a hard foul ball off the facemask in the sixth. Knapp dropped to the ground and stayed on his knees for several moments as manager Joe Girardi and a team trainer came out. Knapp finished the inning before being replaced by J.T. Realmuto.

Philadelphia Phillies catcher Andrew Knapp is hit on the face mask by a pitch during the sixth inning of the team's baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Friday, June 18, 2021, in San Francisco. (AP PhotoTony Avelar)

Giants: INF Darin Ruf (strained right hamstring) ran the bases before the game and may begin a rehab assignment this weekend. 2B Tommy La Stella (strained left hamstring) also ran the bases and is close to beginning a rehab assignment. … Kapler said the Giants are unsure whether to activate OF Alex Dickerson (upper back tightness) off the IL to rejoin the team or send him on a rehab assignment. … RHP Aaron Sanchez was pulled from a rehab start with Triple-A Sacramento due to a blister on his right middle finger.

UP NEXT

Giants LHP Alex Wood (6-3, 3.71 ERA) faces Philadelphia on Saturday and will try to end a rough patch. Wood has allowed 13 earned runs in 15 innings over his previous three starts. Phillies RHP Aaron Nola (5-4, 3.69) has one win in four career starts against San Francisco.

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Johnny Cueto watches a throw to a San Francisco Giants batter during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 18, 2021, in San Francisco. (AP PhotoTony Avelar)

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Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Vince Velasquez hrows to a San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 18, 2021, in San Francisco. (AP PhotoTony Avelar)