The Giants offense continued to flounder as they wasted a strong start from Tim Hudson and fell to the Royals 5-0.
Both Hudson and Kansas City starter James Shields took shutouts into the fifth inning before Hudson gave up a solo home run to Alex Gordon.
It turned out that that would be enough to earn Shields his 11th win of the year, as he tossed the complete game shutout. He allowed only four hits, one walk, and struck out five on 104 pitches, 69 strikes.
Kansas City piled on in the bottom of the seventh when Billy Butler led off with a double, Gordon singled, and Lorenzo Cain singled home Butler. Jeremy Affeldt replaced Hudson on the mound and got the much-needed double play before surrendering an RBI double to Mike Moustakas and RBI singles to Alcides Escobar and Jarrod Dyson. Only three of those runs were charged to the Giants starter, who turned in another quality start with no run support. In all, Hudson gave up six hits, no walks, and struck out one in his six innings of work.
The San Francisco offense left four men on base, were o-for-4 with runners in scoring position, and were handed their ninth shutout since June 23, their 13th overall. They’re 1-7 in their last eight interleague games. Tim Lincecum (9-7, 4.22) will look to stop the bleeding and avoid the sweep on Sunday as he faces off against Danny Duffy (6-10, 2.39).