The Yankees defeated the Giants in the series opener in San Francisco on Friday night by a score of 7-3. James Paxton got the start for the Yankees, going 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on five hits while walking two and striking out eight en route to his third win of the season. Gleyber Torres put the Yankees up early, hitting an RBI double down the left field line in the first inning to score DJ LeMahieu. Cameron Maybin extended the lead to to 2-0 with an RBI single to score Torres on the first pitch he saw as a Yankee.
In the bottom of the inning, Buster Posey cut the lead in half with a sacrifice fly to score former-Yankee Tyler Austin. An RBI single by Gio Urshela to score Luke Voit got the run back for the Yankees in the third to make it 3-1. Voit extended the lead to 4-0 in the fifth, hitting an RBI double to left field to score LeMahieu. Thairo Estrada drove in the first run of his Major League career in the top of the sixth, an RBI single to score Austin Romine. Posey would drive in Austin once again in the bottom of the sixth, this time with an RBI double off of James Paxton, and later came around to score on an RBI single by former-Yankee Yangervis Solarte to make it a 5-3 game.
In the top of the ninth, Voit gave the Yankees a couple more insurance runs when he connected on his eighth homer of the year, a two-run shot off of Mark Melancon. A scoreless ninth from Aroldis Chapman wrapped up the win for the Yankees, securing the first game of the weekend interleague matchup. The Yankees are now 15-11 on the season, and will look to take the series on Saturday as they send J.A. Happ to the mound. He’ll look to improve on his 0-2 record and 5.96 ERA. He’ll go up against Giants starter Derek Holland, who enters Saturday’s matchup with a 1-3 record and a 4.33 ERA. First pitch is set for 4:05 PM ET.