Williamson’s first career home run leads Giants past BoSox

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Mac Williamson hit a go-ahead home run leading off the eighth inning for his first career long ball, Brandon Belt also connected, and the San Francisco Giants beat David Price and the Boston Red Sox 2-1 on Wednesday night to split the quick two-game series.

Price (7-3) struck out seven over eight innings, allowing three hits and two runs with two walks.

He and Madison Bumgarner opposed each other in a rare matchup between two of baseball’s top left-handers representing each league.

Both surrendered only a home run before Williamson sent the first pitch deep into the bleachers in left field.

Cory Gearrin (2-0) struck out two in a 1-2-3 eighth for the win. Santiago Casilla entered and Williamson immediately committed a two-base error when he dropped Hanley Ramirez’s leadoff fly in the ninth, the ball glancing off the outside edge of his glove. One out later, Javier Lopez relieved to face pinch-hitter David Ortiz, who walked.

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