Oakland Athletics' Coco Crisp, center, jumps onto third base with a triple past San Francisco Giants third baseman Ruben Tejada during the third inning Wednesday in Oakland. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Defense does in Peavy, Giants drop third straight

OAKLAND — With the San Francisco Giants already staring at a six-run deficit in the fourth inning, Jake Peavy looked out to left field and let a string of obscenities fly.

The starter, who had just watched Angel Pagan botch back-to-back plays, had seen enough.

Hours later, as Peavy stood in the visitor’s clubhouse at the Coliseum, the fiery veteran was far more composed.

“We certainly haven’t played well in this series,” Peavy said after the Giants’ 7-1 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night. “But it’s just a series. We understand that and we’re going to do what we can to hold onto the position that we’re in now.”

The trouble for Peavy — and the suddenly suspect defense — began in the 40-pitch third.

With one out in the frame, Marcus Semien skied a popup to shallow right. Ramiro Pena ranged out, Mac Williamson raced in, and after a collision, Pena was charged with an error and Semien was standing at third.

“No question that changed the game,” admitted manager Bruce Bochy. “It made Jake work a lot harder. He was in a good groove there the first couple of innings.”

The error by Pena was the first of three in the inning and the play forced the second baseman out of the game.

“He’s looking at five to seven days [out],” Bochy said of Pena, whose X-ray on his ankle was negative. “I can’t say what we’re going to do. I haven’t had a chance to talk with [general manager] Bobby [Evans], but I think it’s pretty evident we’re going to have to get somebody up here.”

Pena would become the fifth Giants infielder on the disabled list. As the club continues calling on more and more players from the Triple-A squad, the once outstanding defense has become increasingly problematic.

With the three errors in Game 3 of the Bay Bridge Series, the team has now committed 13 in its last 12 contests.

“We’ve just got to clean it up,” Bochy said. “That’s the one thing we were doing very well is catching the ball. You deal with the streaks where you have trouble scoring runs but the one thing we should be consistent [with] is catching the ball. We’re a good team defensively and that’s gotten away from us.”

While the first-place Giants are suddenly reeling, the streaky A’s are once again on the upswing. After Sean Manaea threw 5.2 shutout innings in his return from the DL, Oakland has now won six of seven after slumping through a 4-13 stretch.

After the defeat, Peavy explained that he likes the Giants chances of salvaging the final game of the four-game set.

“We’ll be back at and I promise you that everyone’s going to show up at 3 o’clock thinking [Madison] Bum[garner’s] winning,” Peavy said. “That’s all you can really ask for.”Coco CrispJake Peavymac williamsonMLBOakland AthleticsSan Francisco Giantssean manaea

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