The Giants much-needed comeback fell just short as they dropped their fifth game in a row to the Chicago White Sox 7-6.
Tim Hudson had his worst outing of 2014 as the White Sox did all their offensive damage against the Giants right-hander. With two outs in the bottom of the first Conor Gillespie doubled, and Jose Abreu crushed his 20th home run of the year into left field. Chicago added two more runs in the fourth when Adam Dunn worked a lead-off walk and moved to second on a single by Dayan Viciedo. Both runners advanced on a single by Alejandro De Aza before Tyler Flowers delivered a bases loaded single, scoring two.
It looked as if San Francisco was going to mount a comeback in the top of the fifth when Gregor Blanco and Hunter Pence hit back-to-back one-out singles. Buster Posey delivered a single of his own, scoring Blanco, getting the Giants on the board, and moving Pence to third. Pablo Sandoval hit a sacrifice fly, and it was 4-2.
But Hudson (7-3) was unable to put up a shutdown inning in the bottom of the fifth as Gillespie and Abreu singled to lead off the inning before Dunn hit his 12th home run of the season to right. Just like that, it was 7-2. Hudson buckled down to get the next two outs, but his day was done after allowing a ground-rule double to De Aza. It was Hudson’s roughest outing of the year, as he lasted just four-and-two-third innings, giving up 12 hits, seven runs, one walk, and not striking out anyone. His season ERA went from a league-leading 1.82 to 2.39.
The Giants offense wasn’t quite done. Juan Perez led off the seventh with a single, and Blanco followed it up with a walk. Pence singled to load the bases before Posey drove in another run with a sacrifice fly. Sandoval singled to keep the bases loaded, but once again San Francisco failed to capitalize and left them loaded.
White Sox starter Chris Sale (6-1, 2.20) continued his dominant season by tossing six innings and allowed eight hits, three runs, one walk, and striking out seven.
The Giants took advantage of the Chicago bullpen in the top of the eighth when Ehire Adrianza hit a one-out single, and Brandon Crawford walked. Blanco doubled in Adrianza and Pence grounded out to bring home Crawford to make it 7-5. The Giants added one more in the top of the ninth when Sandoval led off with a double, moved to third on a Michael Morse single, and came in on a Tyler Colvin sacrifice fly. Despite the effort, San Francisco fell short and were swept for the second series in a row. Prior to the series with the Colorado Rockies last weekend, the Giants hadn’t been swept all season. They’ve now lost five in a row and eight-of-nine. They no longer hold the best record in the MLB, and the Los Angeles Dodgers now sit just four-and-a-half games back in second place.
The Giants have Thursday off before traveling to Arizona for a three-game set against the Diamondbacks. Tim Lincecum (5-4, 4.81) will take on Josh Collmenter (4-4, 4.05).