Johnny Cueto threw a precious gem in his first game back for the San Francisco rims since he underwent Tommy John surgery last year.
The right hand struck four and started one of five shutout innings, leading the Giants over the visiting Pirates 5-4 on Tuesday night.
He was released by Kyle Baraklou in the sixth after throwing 69 balls.
"As it was on Opening Day," Cueto said.
Cueto, 33, was 3-2 with a 3.23 ERA in nine starts last season before being ruled out. It is the fourth year of a six-year, $ 130 million contract.
"It was a special night for Johnny, just so much hard work and a comeback from so many," says Stephen Vogt, who captured the return of Kueto's exit. "Being a little part of it with him was pretty special to me. He came back a long way for him. Today he was just so happy ̵
Cueto went 1-2-3 in the first of 11 pitches with two shots and two grounding points before turning his hat just for fun and pumping with his fists.
He punched a glove in his glove during the celebration, holding the garland all the time.
"This is my game, every time I step in I just try to have fun," he said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.