Giants lose on Upton walk-off home run in 10th


Giants lose on Upton walk-off home run in 10th

PHOENIX (AP) Justin Upton never had hit a game-ending home run in the majors - until the first pitch he saw from Santiago Casilla in the 10th inning Thursday night.The slugger's opposite-field shot gave Arizona a 3-2 victory over San Francisco, a much-needed win that snapped the Giants' five-game winning streak against the Diamondbacks. The first four of those games had been by one run.This time, Arizona got the one-run triumph."It's awesome," Upton said, explaining the feeling of hitting one over the fence and rounding the bases in that situation, "the fact that we'd just dropped two games and to be able to win in that fashion. It's hopefully a little bit of a boost for the team."Casilla said Upton hit a good pitch."Outside, down," Casilla said. "He is a pretty good hitter. That is where I was trying to throw it - outside, down. He got it."Upton had a pair of soft singles to bring home the winning run this season. This hit was a bit more decisive."We didn't play good, but we won the game,'" said Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson, who led the celebration at home plate to greet Upton. "We didn't play good at all and we need to play a lot better. You get frustrated with things like that, but we hung in there and J-Up picked us all up. J-Up and Ian (Kennedy), and CY (Chris Young) had a great game again."Kennedy gave up only an unearned run on four hits and struck out 10 with one walk over eight innings to stake the Diamondbacks to a 2-1 lead. But Pat Burrell's RBI sacrifice fly in the ninth tied it as J.J. Putz, struggling lately after an outstanding start to the season, blew his third save in 21 opportunities.The Diamondbacks snapped San Francisco's five-game winning streak against them.Young homered for Arizona for the second night in a row and David Hernandez (3-2) pitched a scoreless 10th to get the victory.The Diamondbacks pulled within 1 12 games of first-place San Francisco in the NL West. Still, the Giants won two of the three after Arizona narrowed San Francisco's lead to a half-game."It is good to come in and get the series," manager Bruce Bochy said. "We were real close to getting this last one. Guys battled hard. Kennedy has been throwing the ball well. We couldn't do much off him. We score one run on an error. The closer, he is tough, and we found a way to get a run off him. Then Burrell smoked the ball and they almost misplayed that. Offensively we just had too many guys who took oh-fers today. That makes it hard to get runs on t he board."Upton also had a single and double. He had two winning singles in his career, but never a home run until Thursday night.Putz, charged with two runs in Arizona's 5-2 loss on Wednesday night, has been scored upon in four of his last seven appearances after setting a franchise record by starting the season with 16 straight saves.Kennedy, on the brink of going 8-2 for the season, acknowledged how tough it is to sit in the dugout and watch his victory evaporate."It's hard to watch," he said, "because you really can't do anything about it because you're sitting on the side. You get to look back on it as I did my job the best I possibly could. As long as we win, that's the main part."San Francisco started the ninth with Pablo Sandoval's single past second baseman Kelly Johnson, then Aubrey Huff bounced one over the head of first baseman Juan Miranda to put runners at first and third with no outs. Putz struck out Cody Ross but Burrell lofted one to left to bring in the tying run before Brandon Crawford flew out to left to end the inning.Upton, who also doubled in the eighth, led off the fourth with a single, then on a 1-2 pitch, Young pulled one down the left-field line into the Arizona bullpen, his 14th home run to give the Diamondbacks their first lead of the series. 2-0.San Francisco responded with an unearned run in the fifth. Ross and Nate Schierholtz started the inning with singles. Brandon Crawford fouled out to the catcher, then in a 10-pitch at bat, Eli Whiteside struck out swinging. San Francisco sent both runners on the play, and catcher Miguel Montero threw wild to third, allowing Ross to score and Schierholtz to advance to third. Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong struck out to end the inning, with the Diamondbacks still on top, 2-1.Vogelsong allowed two runs on six hits in six innings, striking out six and walking one.NOTES: Giants OF Darren Ford (sprained left ankle) began a rehab assignment Thursday night with Triple-A Fresno. ... Arizona entered the game leading the NL and second in the majors, behind Boston, in extra-base hits. ... The game was the ninth of 18 scheduled between the Giants and Diamondbacks this season.

Hoesen leads the ways as Earthquakes take down Real Salt Lake


Hoesen leads the ways as Earthquakes take down Real Salt Lake


SAN JOSE — Danny Hoesen scored his second goal of the season and assisted on Marco Urena's second goal, lifting the San Jose Earthquakes to a 2-1 victory over Real Salt Lake on Saturday night.

Hoesen opened the scoring in the 13th minute, off a long cross from Nick Lima. After touching the ball down, Hoesen gathered it off a defender's foot, stepped inside and unleashed a left footer into the top corner from just off the penalty spot.

Hoesen's long through ball down the right side sent Urena free and from a tight angle he rolled the ball past Nick Rimando in the 68th minute.

San Jose (6-6-5), which has battled injuries and call-ups to score just 16 goals in 16 games, won for just the second time in its last seven games.

Lima picked up two yellow cards in the second half and the Quakes played a man down from the 71st minute.

David Bingham made only one save in each half but was denied his seventh shutout when Jose Hernandez scored his second goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time for Salt Lake (5-11-2).

Latest round of bullpen auditions go poorly in Giants' 50th loss

Latest round of bullpen auditions go poorly in Giants' 50th loss

SAN FRANCISCO -- Practically speaking, the 50th loss is no different than the one before or the one after, but this sport is built on milestones, and this one came quickly.

The Giants lost their 50th game on August 12 last year. This season, it was clinched when Ryder Jones grounded out in his fourth career at-bat, handing the Mets a 5-2 win on June 24. 

Bruce Bochy called losing 50 of your first 77 games "hard to believe" and "embarrassing." Johnny Cueto, who went seven strong, said the reality was "hard and sad." Brandon Belt, who got Cueto off the hook for a loss, agreed with his manager.

"That's a pretty good word to use -- it is embarrassing to come out and lose every day, especially with the group of guys we have," Belt said. "When you're losing as much as this, it is embarrassing. We're trying to do whatever we can to turn this thing around."

Lately, that has meant changes to the roster. It is officially audition season, and in that respect, it was not a particularly inspiring day for the bullpen. The Giants felt they would have a better mix this year, but it hasn't played out. Instead, they're once again trying to find pieces for the next successful Giants bullpen.

With Hunter Strickland suspended and Derek Law in the minors, two young relievers, a middle-innings stalwart, and a newcomer pitched the final two frames. They gave up four runs.

Sam Dyson was the first on the mound in the eighth. Belt had homered a few minutes earlier, tying a good starter's duel. Dyson gave up a leadoff triple to Curtis Granderson and walked Asdrubal Cabrera before throwing two good sliders past Yoenis Cespedes for the strikeout. With two lefties coming up and the go-ahead run still on third, Bochy turned to Steven Okert. He immediately gave up a seeing-eye RBI single to Jay Bruce. Wilmer Flores doubled off George Kontos later in the frame to make it 3-1. 

In the ninth, Kyle Crick showed some of the wildness that kept him in the minors for seven years. He, too, gave up a leadoff triple, a sin you always pay for. A walk helped put another run into scoring position and a wild pitch extended the Mets’ lead to four. 

Before the game, Bochy talked of getting an extended look at Jones. He was 0-for-4 in his first big league game but he’ll be back out there tomorrow. It’s time to fight for a job, and the same holds true of some relievers who didn’t fare well Saturday. It is a group with a closer locked into a longterm deal and little else decided. 

Are Strickland or Law eighth-inning guys? Will Dyson be a worthwhile reclamation project? Will Kontos be back, and will he carve out a different role? Are Okert and Josh Osich capable of giving Bochy lefties he trusts? Is Crick’s improvement in Triple-A a sign of things to come? There are many questions to be answered over the next three months. 

“This is a good time for them, this is what players get up here for, to show what they can do,” Bochy said. “Because of our situation, we’re going to take a look at these guys and we know there are going to be growing pains.”