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Slater, Ramos give SF Giants the 1-2 blow they were looking for in win over Rangers – The Mercury News

Heliot Ramos #17 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates his two-run home run against the Texas Rangers during the third inning at Globe Life Field on June 8, 2024 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

ARLINGTON, Texas – Since meeting Jung Hoo Lee and LaMonte Wade Jr. lost, Bob Melvin has been searching for the right combination at the top of the Giants’ lineup, guiding nine different players through the top two spots just into their last ten spots. games.

Heliot Ramos and Austin Slater team up to produce all three of the Giants’ runs on Saturday and may have some staying power.

The contributions from the top of the table led to a 3-1 win over Rangers, securing at least a series victory in the building Bruce Bochy now calls home. The Giants head out of Oracle Park for their first series and look to get their record back to .500 in Sunday’s finale, with Keaton Winn set to return.

Leading against left-hander Andrew Heaney, Slater reached the plate safely each of his first two times and didn’t spend much time on base. Both times he was promptly driven in by Ramos, who in his first at-bat hit a 107-mph double to left field and launched his sixth home run of the season, his second time previously.

It’s the same combination that started the Giants’ 9-3 win Wednesday in Arizona, their best offensive showing in two weeks.

With two more hits, Ramos recorded his 12th multi-hit game since being called up on May 8, raising his OPS to .973. The only players to have at least 100 better plate appearances are some of the game’s most feared hitters: Aaron Judge, Juan Soto and Marcell Ozuna (and the Guardians’ David Fry).

His six home runs are tied for fifth on the team despite playing in 15 fewer games than anyone even or before him.

In his short time, Ramos has made a strong case to visit this stadium again next month, where the All-Star Game will be held. In the National League this season, only four outfielders have been more valuable than Ramos, who gave the others a six-week lead.

It’s been a different story for Slater, who has received a fair amount of scorn from the fanbase at the start of the season. Before missing 19 games with a concussion, Slater was hitting .128 with a .434 OPS. But he had hits in each of his first two games back and reached base only twice on Saturday for the second time in 26 games.