San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija (29) works the mound against the New York Mets at AT&T Park in San Francisco on August 17, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Giants tie game in 9th just to lose in extras

Matt Kemp made his career by killing the San Francisco Giants as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

No much has changed since he’s joined the Atlanta Braves, apparently.

On Wednesday, Kemp stepped to the plate in the bottom of the 11th inning and ended the game with one swing, a walk off two-run homer on a 86 mph Cory Gearrin slider.

It gave the Braves a 5-3 win and dashed the Giants’ hopes of winning their first series in June.

Hunter Pence was the only reason Gearrin was in position to lose the game in extra innings. In the top of the ninth, Pence launched a 415-foot rocket to tie the game.

It was the long ball that cost the Giants all night. Starter Jeff Samardzija threw a quality start — lasting 7 innings allowing three runs — but gave up bombs to Matt Adams and Tyler Flowers, accounting for all of his miscues.

San Francisco scrapped back by scoring two runs across the eighth and ninth. But the bullpen wasn’t able to win the battle of attrition in extras.

The Giants conclude their four-game series in Atlanta today before returning for a six-game homestand.


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