By Sam Bush
Jeff Samardzija struck out six over six innings to win for the fourth time in five starts and the San Francisco Giants beat the Phillies 5-4.
Buster Posey and Pence each hit RBI singles in the third to back Samardzija (8-12) as San Francisco returned from a 2-4 road trip through Washington and Miami to put together an impressive all-around win.
Cameron Rupp and Nick Williams hit solo homers for the Phillies in a matchup of the two worst teams in the National League. They are two of three clubs in baseball still below 50 wins.
Rupp hit a one-out homer to the elevated right-field arcade on the first pitch he saw in the fifth from Samardzija, who had been 1-4 with an 8.67 ERA in 10 previous outings and four starts against the Phillies.
Samardzija gave up four runs and eight hits with one walk. The right-hander allowed a one-out triple to Freddy Galvis in the first but escaped the inning unscathed.
Phillies starter Aaron Nola (9-8), 6-2 and not having allowed more than two earned runs in each of his previous 10 starts, had his shortest outing since also going five innings June 11. He allowed five runs and seven hits in five innings, struck out three and walked three.
“I really try not to think about that now,” he said. “Obviously this wasn’t a great outing, a loss, but I’m just going to throw this one out the window.”