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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS / AP) — Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford and Evan Longoria homered for San Francisco, and the visiting Giants playing at home beat the Seattle Mariners 9-3 on Wednesday night in a game moved to the Bay Area because of smoky, dangerous air in Western Washington.

Donovan Solano and Mauricio Dubon hit early RBI singles as the Giants backed Drew Smyly (1-0) and snapped a three-game losing streak with a “road” victory at Oracle Park.

One encouraging development: A familiar mist hovered over the outfield late in the game, not smoke.

Smyly made his first start since Aug. 1 and second appearance since being sidelined by a sprained index finger on his pitching hand.

Belt hit a two-run homer in the third inning and Longoria connected for a solo drive one out later against right-hander Ljay Newsome (0-1). Crawford contributed a two-out shot in the seventh and Mike Yastrzemski added an RBI double as the Giants pounded out 15 hits.

The Mariners drew a pair of bases-loaded walks in the fourth.

This marked the first of two games relocated from Seattle because of the unhealthy air quality from numerous West Coast wildfires. The Mariners and Oakland Athletics played a Monday doubleheader in the smoke and players expressed concern.

The Mariners took off about 10 a.m. Wednesday — rare day-of travel in baseball — from Seattle and pitcher Kendall Graveman even joked about wearing uniforms on the plane and eating sack lunches on the way. Some went straight to Oracle Park upon landing in San Francisco, while others opted to stop by the team hotel.

“There was some talk about it,” manager Scott Servais said with a grin on a pregame Zoom call.

Seattle was the home team but wore its gray road jerseys. The Giants sported their cream-colored home uniforms — the first time playing as the road team at home since Game 2 of a doubleheader with the Reds on July 23, 2013, making up a rainout from July 4 that year.

“If there ever was a year for this to happen, this was it, because nothing is normal,” Servais said. “It has been weird all year long.”

HAVING SOME FUN

Giants PR man Mike Passanisi and longtime Mariners media ace, Tim Hevly, came up with an entertaining pregame announcement with Passanisi on the mic: “First pitch 6:45. Game time temperature in San Francisco, 71 degrees. Game time temperature in Seattle, 70 degrees.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mariners: Seattle got a scare when Dylan Moore was hit in the head by a pitch in the seventh. He stayed in the game briefly. … On Tuesday, RHP Matt Magill underwent arthroscopic debridement surgery on his throwing shoulder in Los Angeles performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache. The hope is Magill will be ready to begin a throwing program in spring training and pitch in exhibition games, Servais said. The rehab process will start immediately. … 2B Shed Long is deciding his next step with a stress fracture in his shin that was diagnosed last week and put him out for the season. “Shed is still working through what’s the best course of action for him to get back healthy. I know he’s weighing a couple different options right now. I’m not sure where he’s headed,” Servais said. “May be a minor surgery, may not be.”

Giants: RHP Jeff Samardzija, sidelined by an inflamed pitching shoulder, is expected to throw five innings in a simulated game Thursday at the club’s Sacramento alternate site. … RHP Reyes Moronta (right shoulder surgery) threw in Sacramento. He still could get into a major league game by season’s end. “We’re going to monitor him at every outing, and figure out how he bounces back,” manger Gabe Kapler said. “But so far, his stuff has been crisp, and it’s been trending up.”

ROSTER MOVE

The Mariners reinstated INF J.P. Crawford from the bereavement list and optioned INF Donovan Walton to their Tacoma alternate site and kept him on the taxi squad.

UP NEXT

Giants LHP Tyler Anderson (2-3, 4.50 ERA) tries to win consecutive starts for the first time this season opposite Seattle LHP Nick Margevicius (1-3, 5.34), looking to snap a two-start skid.

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Patterson steps up, leads No. 20 Hokies past NC State 45-24

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Quincy Patterson II came off the bench to throw two touchdown passes and run for another score, leading No. 20 Virginia Tech to a 45-24 victory over NC State on Saturday night.

Despite playing without 23 players and four coaches because of coronavirus issues and injuries – including starting quarterback Hendon Hooker and defensive coordinator Justin Hamilton – the Hokies (1-0, 1-0 ACC) started quickly in a season opener delayed two weeks because of two COVID-related postponements.

Virginia Tech took advantage of an NC State defense missing three starters who were out with injuries by speeding to a 17-0 lead.

“I think we were excited to play,” Tech coach Justin Fuente said. “Obviously, it’s been a long time since we’ve been on the field. I know they’re tired of practice, I can tell you that much. They came out and executed pretty well early on … We were excited and ready to play.”

Patterson, the Hokies’ No. 3 quarterback, entered the game in the second quarter after starter Braxton Burmeister left with a hand injury. Patterson threw touchdown passes of 15 yards to Tayvion Robinson and 16 yards to James Mitchell on the Hokies’ final two possessions of the first half. He also scored on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter.

Khalil Herbert ran for 104 yards and a score for Virginia Tech, which rushed for 315 yards.

Devin Leary threw for 165 yards and a score for the Wolfpack (1-1, 1-1).

“Lot to work,” NC State coach Dave Doeren said. “I thought our guys continued to play hard, but we just did not do enough to give ourselves a chance to win.”

THE TAKEAWAYS

NC State: After winning their opener, the Wolfpack were dominated in every phase of this game. The injuries on defense hurt, and NC State needs better play at quarterback. Leary, who played in the second half against the Hokies and threw a touchdown pass, may move into a starting role.

Virginia Tech: The Hokies have been plagued with coronavirus issues over the past two weeks, but looked sharp despite numerous players missing practices. Virginia Tech did not turn the ball over, made no mistakes on special teams, and had just five penalties in a well-rounded performance.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The impressive outing by the Hokies could vault them a few spots in the next Associated Press poll.

HOOKER READY TO GO

Hooker, who threw 13 touchdowns and just two interceptions as the starter for Virginia Tech last season, underwent additional testing recently that was unrelated to COVID and hasn’t been practicing with the team for the past couple of weeks. But he and the coaching staff received good news this past week, and Hooker should be cleared for practice Sunday.

“He’s good to go,” Fuente said. “We had a little cause for concern, a little scare, but we saw the experts and the tests came back really well. Forget football. It’s good for Hendon that all that stuff seems to have worked out.”

SCARY SITUATION

The game was delayed for approximately 15 minutes late in the third quarter while the NC State sports medicine staff attended to safety Khalid Martin, who collided with teammate Tyler Baker-Williams while tackling Jalen Holston on a 12-yard run. Martin was taken from the field in an ambulance to a hospital for what the NC State communications staff said was a hip injury. After the game, the NC State football Twitter account tweeted that Martin was being transported to a hospital in Roanoke, Virginia, for further examination.

UP NEXT

NC State: The Wolfpack play at Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Virginia Tech: The Hokies play at Duke on Saturday.

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