The San Francisco Giants blew a 1-0 lead late and lost 2-1 to the Miami Marlins Thursday night.
Giants starter Chad Gaudin allowed just a single in the top of the first and threw just nine pitches in the inning.
Marlins starter Tom Koehler breezed through the Giants order the first few innings and the game remained scoreless going into the top of the fifth. Center fielder Justin Ruggiano led off the inning with a single and Gaudin was drilled in his right elbow by second baseman Derek Dietrich, but managed to grab the ball on the field, making the throw to first. Giants trainer and manager Bruce Bochy came out to check on Gaudin and he left the game. Sandy Rosario replaced him and Ruggiano was thrown out at third by Buster Posey during shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria's at-bat. Rosario struck out Hechavarria to end the inning.
The Giants did not record their first hit until the bottom of the sixth by Gregor Blanco. With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Brandon Belt doubled and scored on a triple by Joaquin Arias as the Giants took a 1-0 lead. Arias extended his hitting streak to 11-games.
Rosario yielded a leadoff walk to Ruggiano in the top of the eighth and Jeremy Affeldt was summoned in. Affeldt hit Dietrich and retired the next two batters. Pinch-hitter Marcell Ozuna came to the plate and facing a 0-2 count, singled to right field, scoring two runs and advanced all the way to third on a throwing error by Hunter Pence. The Marlins took a 2-1 lead. Left fielder Juan Pierre grounded out ending the inning.
The Giants went quietly in the bottom of the eighth and so did the Marlins in the top of the ninth. Posey singled with one out in the bottom of the ninth and was replaced by pinch-runner Andres Torres. Posey has a 13-game hitting streak against National League East teams. Pence popped out and Belt stuck out as the Marlins won 2-1. The Giants have lost their last eight games at home to the Marlins since winning back on July 28, 2010.
Gaudin lasted 4.1 innings, allowing two hits, zero runs, two walks and one strikeout, throwing 49 pitches. He suffered a right elbow contusion. The Giants were held to four hits in the game and three by Koehler, who earned his first win of the season on the night.
The 37-35 Giants look to even the series Friday night when Tim Lincecum (4-7) battles Ricky Nolasco (4-7). First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 pm.
Lastly, Giants center fielder Angel Pagan was carted off the field during his rehab assignment tonight.
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