If the San Francisco Giants were riding high after winning a third straight series by beating the Washington Nationals last week, they’ve certainly been grounded in Miami.
Wednesday’s walkoff defeat was a third consecutive loss to the host Marlins, a back-and-forth affair that ended 5-4 in favor of Miami on Brian Anderson’s walkoff sac fly.
Miami (26-42) never led until the walkoff. The Giants took a 2-0 lead three batters into the game on Andrew McCutchen’s seventh homer of the year, but the Marlins tied the game in the fourth on RBI singles by Cameron Maybin and Lewis Brinson. JT Realmuto — who had singled earlier in the frame — was thrown out at home trying to score on Brinson’s hit.
After trading runs in the sixth, San Francisco (33-35) retook the lead on Evan Longoria’s two-out single in the seventh, only to give it back in the bottom of the eighth. Giants reliever Tony Watson struck out three in the seventh, but Anderson walked against Sam Dyson to start the bottom of the eighth, and advanced to second on a passed ball, the fifth charged to Nick Hundley this year. Dyson did strike out Realmuto, and lefty Will Smith got pinch-hitter JT Riddle to ground out, but Bour’s two-out double tied the game once again.
With all three of their top relievers having pitched the prior two days, the Marlins turned to Drew Steckenrider in the ninth, and though he allowed a leadoff infield hit to Buster Posey, he got out of the inning as Hundley popped out to end the threat. Reyes Moronta came on for the bottom of the ninth and allowed a leadoff hit to Miguel Rojas and walked Yadiel Rivera. Hunter Strickland took over with two men on and nobody out, and he struck out Derek Dietrich, but J.B. Shuck loaded the bases with an infield hit and Anderson’s sac fly on a 3-1 count ended the game.
Giants starter Andrew Suarez pitched five innings and left with a 3-2 lead after Austin Jackson’s sixth-inning RBI single. Suarez struck out three, walked two and allowed five hits. Miami’s Caleb Smith, one of the pitchers acquired in the chain of trades made when the Marlins dealt Giancarlo Stanton to the New York Yankees, allowed eight hits over 6 1/3 but didn’t issue any walks and struck out four.