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Giants walk in losing run against D’Backs, move closer to top pick

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Jeff Samardzija’s strong outing in his final appearance of the season was erased when Sam Dyson coughed up the lead in the Giants’ 4-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
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Sam Dyson allowed three runs in the bottom of the ninth, taking a win away from Jeff Samardzija and moving the Giants closer to the worst record in the majors and the top overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. The Giants lost 4-3 to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

J.D. Martinez led off the bottom of the ninth with his 45th homer of the year, and Jake Lamb and A.J. Pollock followed with singles. With the bases loaded, John Ryan Murphy hit a grounder to Brandon Crawford, who tried to get the tying run at the plate, but his throw was late. David Peralta followed with a bases-loaded walk to end the game.

It was Dyson’s sixth blown save of the year, and his second with the Giants.

Samardzija allowed just three hits and a walk over six innings, the only run he allowed coming on a solo homer by Lamb.

Cory Gearrin and Hunter Strickland each pitched scoreless innings, but Dyson could not do the same.

For Arizona, starter Braden Shipley allowed three runs over 3.1 innings, with two coming in the first. Denard Span led off with a triple and Joe Panik followed with a walk. Pablo Sandoval doubled to bring Span home and Panik scored on Crawford’s RBI groundout.

The Giants stretched the lead to 3-0 in the third on doubles by Span and Sandoval.

Four Arizona relievers held the Giants scoreless after Shipley left the game. Anthony Banda recorded five outs and Jake Barrett pitched a scoreless sixth and seventh. Andrew Chafin pitched the eighth and got the first out of the ninth. J.J. Hoover recorded the final two outs of the ninth and got the win in relief after the comeback.

San Francisco recorded just two hits against the Arizona bullpen and only threatened to score in the sixth inning, but Gorkys Hernandez lined into an inning-ending double play when Crawford was caught off second.

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