The San Francisco Giants defeated the Houston Astros 5-3 on Sunday with the help of Kris Bryant, who hit a two-out solo shot in the third inning in his debut.
In addition, Darin Ruf hit a home run and had two RBIs, while Brandon Crawford and Donovan Solano had two hits each.
The Giants currently have the best record in the majors at 66-39. They won two of three this past weekend in their interleague matchup between division leaders.
“I can’t say enough good things about this first day,” said Bryant after the game. “I feel giddy. It felt like Christmas morning honestly.”
At the start of the game, fans greeted Bryant by chanting “KB! KB! KB!” He joined San Francisco from the Chicago Cubs only minutes before Friday’s deadline for two minor league prospects.
Fans gave him a standing ovation before his first at-bat and cheered when he struck out swinging. He was cheered again when he crushed an 0-1 pitch into the left-field stands from Luis García (7-6). That was his 19th homer of the season.
“The first homer’s weird,” he said. “You don’t know what teams do when you come to celebrate in the dugout so I was kind of lost a little bit.”
“We were going to send him back if he didn’t homer himself,” Ruf joked. Ruf himself homered in the fifth inning.