Giants Drop Finale in Philly, End Road Trip 5-2

The Giants failed to complete the sweep, as they dropped the finale of the four-game set to the Phillies 2-1.

Philadelphia jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead against Tim Hudson in the bottom of the first. With one out, Jimmy Rollins doubled, moved to third on a passed ball, and scored on a single by Marlon Byrd.

San Francisco tied it up in the top of the fifth when Gregor Blanco led off with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Hudson, and scored on an Ehire Adrianza single. Adrianza has now had a hit in 11 of his last 12 games and is hitting .316 with four RBIs in July.

But the Giants defense and Hudson couldn’t provide a shut-down inning in the bottom of the fifth. Ben Revere led off with a bloop into left that clanked off the glove of Michael Morse, allowing Revere to reach second. With one out, Chase Utley singled him home, giving the Phillies the winning run.

Hudson (8-7) was the tough-luck loser, as he didn’t give up any earned runs. He threw 114 pitches, 73 strikes, in six innings of work allowing eight hits, two unearned runs, two walks, and striking out six.

On the other side of the ball, Cole Hammels (5-5) was simply brilliant for Philadelphia. He tossed eight innings, giving up six hits, one earned run, one walk, and striking out ten, all of them coming against the Giants best hitters at the top of the line-up. He pounded the strike zone, throwing 116 pitches, 90 of them strikes.

Despite ending on a loss, San Francisco returns to AT&T Park a happy team after going 5-2 on this two-city, seven-game road trip to open the second half of the season. The team scored 63 runs over that span while allowing just 47. In Philadelphia alone, the bullpen tossed 19 innings and gave up just two runs. When they began the road trip, the Giants were a game out of first in the National League West, and they now sit 1 ½ ahead of LA.

The team will need to keep firing on all cylinders this weekend as they welcome in the rival Dodgers for a three-game set. Friday night will see Tim Lincecum (9-6, 3.65) face off against Zack Greinke (11-6, 2.90).