SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Injuries have been so rampant for the San Francisco Giants this season they are now happening at the same time in different places and at different levels.
Chad Gaudin left with a bruise on his right throwing elbow from a line drive in the Giants' 2-1 loss to the Miami Marlins on Thursday night, while center fielder Angel Pagan was carted off the field with an apparent leg injury during a rehab assignment for Class-A San Jose.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Pagan was injured running to first base. He said more information on the extent of Pagan's injury would come Friday.
At first, Gaudin's injury appeared equally serious.
San Francisco's starter left the game after taking a hard line drive from Derek Dietrich off his elbow, fielded the ball and threw him out for the first out of the fifth inning. Gaudin grimaced as he paced around the mound, then he took a couple practice pitches before coming out.
``Thankfully it wasn't his head. From my viewpoint it started turning black and blue right away,' first baseman Brandon Belt said.
Gaudin gave up two hits and two walks while striking out one. He was making just his fourth start of the season since entering the rotation for the injured Ryan Vogelsong.
``It didn't hit bone at all, just muscle,' Gaudin said. ``It's a little sore, but there are no breaks or anything. It hurt. It hit square on top of the elbow. It's frustrating but something I can't control. I'll just deal with it.'
One of the few good moments for San Francisco came when Joaquin Arias extended his hitting streak to 11 games with an RBI triple in the seventh for a 1-0 lead.
But pinch-hitter Marcell Ozuna's two-run single off reliever Jeremy Affeldt (1-3) gave Tom Koehler (1-5) his first victory in nine career starts. Drenched in all kinds of liquids poured out of a beat-up bucket that teammates conjured up in the clubhouse, Koehler never felt better as a major league pitcher.
``I smell like a bar,' Koehler said. ``Other than the day I met my wife, this is probably the happiest moment of my life. Definitely the happiest baseball moment.'
In his first career pinch-hit appearance, Ozuna's line drive to right field in the eighth inning off Affeldt (1-3) ended Koehler's run of futility. After six appearances in the bullpen, Koehler had been winless in seven starts this season - and took the loss in his lone start last year - for the worst team in the majors.
He hugged Ozuna in the dugout following the hit that flipped the score. Koehler also had the game ball in his locker - soon to be resting on the mantle in his ``man cave' back home, he said - that Steve Cishek handed to him after recording his 11th save in the ninth.
The right-hander's victory ended the third-longest winless streak to start a career in Marlins history, behind Marc Valdez's nine-start stretch from 1995-96 and Kevin Olsen's 12-start streak from 2001-02, according to STATS.
Koehler kept the Giants off the scoreboard otherwise. He didn't even allow a hit until Gregor Blanco's one-out single in the sixth. He struck out three, walked three and allowed three hits.
``He was really happy,' Ozuna said.
The only blemish on Koehler's first victory came when Belt hit a two-out double in the seventh, sliding in safely when right fielder Giancarlo Stanton's throw sailed wide. Arias followed with an RBI triple in the right-center field gap.
Sandy Rosario was taken out after 2 1-3 innings when he walked Justin Ruggiano leading off the eighth. Ozuna later lined a two-out, two-run single to right on an 0-2 count against Affeldt to give the Marlins the lead.
``That was the pitch I wanted and the location I wanted,' Affeldt said. ``And he still hit it.'
NOTES: Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval, on the disabled list since June 9 with a strained left foot, will join Class-A San Jose on a rehab assignment Friday - a day earlier than originally expected. He will likely join the Giants in Los Angeles on Monday. ... The Giants announced that Joseph Zito, the father of pitcher Barry Zito, died Wednesday in Van Nuys, Calif., at age 84. The cause of death was not disclosed. Zito, who said in a statement his father's death ``has presented me with a difficulty I could not predict,' was the first pitcher on the field for batting practice Thursday. He will still make his next start Saturday. ... Giants catcher Buster Posey had allowed 21 straight stolen bases until he threw out Adeiny Hechavarria going for second in the third inning. He also nabbed Justin Ruggiano trying to take third base in the fifth. ... Giants SS Brandon Crawford missed his second straight game with two swollen fingers on his right hand. Crawford said his fingers were still slightly swollen but felt ``significantly better' than the day before. He's hoping to be back in the lineup Friday. ... The Marlins send Ricky Nolasco (4-7, 3.61 ERA) to the mound Friday and the Giants counter with Tim Lincecum (4-7, 4.57 ERA).
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