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Samardzija Slips in Seventh, Giants Dropped by D'backs in San Francisco

Samardzija Slips in Seventh, Giants Dropped by D'backs in San Francisco

The Giants have dropped four straight, seven of their last eight and 15 of their last 20.

Despite great performances from two of their homegrown stars, the Giants lost their 93rd game of the season Saturday night, a two-and-a-half hour dose of Ambien disguised as a 2-0 defeat to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Well. except for one thing.

Greinke even managed to contain Bumgarner in a reprise of the opening day matchup in which the Giants ace slugged a pair of home runs.

Paul Goldschmidt provided all the offensive support Greinke would need with a two-run, first-inning homer. Entering Friday's game against the San Francisco Giants, he had allowed a total of four earned runs in his last four starts over the course of 25.1 innings. "We didn't win, but I gave the team a chance and you have to feel good about it", Bumgarner claimed after Saturday's loss. "It's frustrating for everybody".

Greinke (17-6) won his third straight decision by allowing only singles to Joe Panik in the first inning and Brandon Crawford in the fifth. He walked one and struck out eight.

Ray reaching 200 strikeouts makes it the 12th 200-strikeout season in franchise history and the second time two teammates have done it, with Zack Greinke reaching the mark earlier this week. But they blew a one-run lead in the ninth.

It has been a difficult and soul-sucking season for everyone in the Giants clubhouse, and one unfortunate consequence is that all the failure has made Pence's relentless optimism harsh on the ear.

Samardzija allowed three earned runs and struck out seven.

But Greinke struck out Jarrett Parker to end the threat. Hernandez is doubtful for Sunday's game too, Bochy said.

Against a left-hander like Ray, their inadequacy is laid bare. You look at how they're dealing. All their guys have stepped up. Part of that may involve bringing in new talent, but part of it also relies on the players currently on the roster playing better. The first ended with a feet-first slide into second. It happened twice more in right field at critical junctures in the Giants' 3-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks Friday night.

He seemed more excited about his hits against Bumgarner than anything he did on the mound, or on the bases. "My swing has felt good in (batting practice) lately". Posey came up empty on Saturday; Panik had one hit.

He left the field to a standing ovation.

Bumgarner has hurt himself with a spate of home runs. "You don't know how many you're going to get against Madison Bumgarner". Goldy steps up to the plate and gets us two runs.

Manager Torey Lovullo would rather Greinke be more cautious down the stretch. He's a special player. At times, he was the most dependable hitter in the lineup. The only Diamondbacks runs came off the bat of Paul Goldschmidt. Pence appeared to favor his wrist as he tripped over first base and landed in the dirt. The Giants' two hits matched a season low. He also speared a sharp one-hopper and flipped to start a double play.

The Giants celebrated Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda's 80th birthday on Saturday with an on-field ceremony and a video tribute.