The San Francisco Giants and Seattle Mariners played a tight game in front of a big crowd for a second consecutive day. This time, though, it was the host Mariners who came out on top, scoring in the eighth for a 3-2 win to split the brief two-game series, with Jean Segura proving the go-ahead knock. The Giants had scored two runs in the seventh to tie the game, but lost Brandon Belt to a hyperextended knee in that frame. Following the game, manager Bruce Bochy said Belt would at best be out for two or three games.
Losing Belt, at least for the short term, will likely slide Pablo Sandoval to first base. Chase d’Arnaud pinch-ran for Belt, scored in the inning and stayed in at third base, with Sandoval moving from third to first. Belt’s injury comes a day before Evan Longoria is set to return at third base, leaving San Francisco (52-51) still without a complete corner infield.
Belt reached on an infield hit and advanced to second on Dee Gordon’s throwing error — the second day in a row Gordon rushed a throw — but injured his knee rounding first. Brandon Crawford doubled home d’Arnaud, chasing Mike Leake from the game, and Hunter Pence’s two-out double against Juan Nicasio tied the game.
Leake, who pitched in San Francisco for the final two months of the 2015 season, struck out just two but held his former team to four hits.
Seattle (61-41) jumped out to an early lead as Gordon was hit by a pitch, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by catcher Nick Hundley — his sixth of the year. Segura brought him in with a sac fly, and Ryon Healy’s 21st homer of the year made it 2-0 in the second.
After Alex Colome worked around a leadoff single in the top of the eighth, the Mariners took the lead in the bottom half. Tony Watson walked Guillermo Heredia, and the speedster advanced to second on a Gordon bunt. Gordon was initially ruled safe at first, but was called out on review. With Heredia at second, the door was open for Segura, and he cashed in against Sam Dyson with a chopper up the middle, out of Crawford’s considerable range.
Edwin Diaz struck out the side in the ninth for his league-leading 38th save, leaving the Giants with a 3-6 record in a nine-game stretch against AL West teams that bookended the All-Star Break. San Francisco is now 5-10 in interleague play, with three games remaining against the Texas Rangers and two left against the Houston Astros.