SAN FRANCISCO – Clint Hurdle says he and a pal often marvel over how there’s always something new to see at a baseball game.
Too bad for Hurdle, what we watched Wednesday wrecked the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 7-5 loss.
A timely, heads-up glance by reliever Jean Machi helped San Francisco take advantage of a gaffe on the bases by Pittsburgh, and the Giants tagged out two runners who wandered away on the same play to grab momentum and end a six-game losing streak.
“You know, I have a buddy and we always talk about how if you watch enough games you’ll continually see something you have never seen before,” Hurdle said. “Unfortunately that’s the first time I’ve seen us walk into a double play.”
The Pirates, who had won three in a row, led 5-4 in the sixth when Chris Stewart drew a one-out walk with runners on second and third.
Machi (6-0) got the ball back from the catcher and noticed Travis Snider had left second base, apparently thinking it was a bases-loaded walk.
“Absolutely! It was 100 percent mental error on my part,” Snider said. “Offensively we could have made something happen. Honestly, I was thinking about getting to third base and if he walked I’d get to third. That’s obviously not what you want to happen when you have first open. I take ownership for that mistake.”
Machi threw to shortstop Brandon Crawford to trap Snider. When Gaby Sanchez strayed off third, Crawford threw to Machi to start a rundown, and third baseman Pablo Sandoval eventually made the tag.
“You don’t see that very often. We got a break there,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “I haven’t seen that. He must’ve thought the bases were loaded, going to third.”
San Francisco stopped a slump that matched its longest of the season, and avoided the club’s first winless homestand of at least seven games in the 15-year history of AT&T Park.
Gregor Blanco hit a tying single in the seventh, and a passed ball by former Giants catcher Stewart later in the inning put the Giants ahead. Justin Wilson (3-2) took the loss.
Dodgers 3, Braves 2 (10)
In Los Angeles, Matt Kemp singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th and Zack Greinke struck out a season-high 13 batters as the Dodgers beat Atlanta for their season-best fifth straight victory.
Kemp scored Los Angeles’ first two runs of the game, including his 11th homer leading off the second.
Rockies 6, Cubs 4 (10)
In Chicago, Brandon Barnes hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the 10th inning as Colorado beat the Cubs.
The Rockies loaded the bases on two walks and Michael McKenry’s third hit of the game before Barnes singled with one out against Wesley Wright (0-2). Drew Stubbs then scored on a wild pitch, helping the Rockies stop a three-game slide.
Nationals 4, Marlins 3
In Miami, Tanner Roark won his fourth consecutive start as Washington averted a series sweep by snapping the Marlins’ six-game winning streak.
Brad Hand (2-3) allowed three runs in seven-plus innings. NL RBI leader Giancarlo Stanton hit his 24th home run and Jordany Valdespin hit his second for Miami, which had won nine of its past 10.
Mets 11, Phillies 2
In New York, Daniel Murphy hit a three-run homer to back up Zack Wheeler’s sixth straight strong start as the Mets routed Philadelphia.
Diamondbacks 5, Reds 4
In Cincinnati, Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run homer that kept Alfredo Simon winless since the All-Star Game as Arizona held on to take a series between two teams struggling to score runs.
Padres 12, Cardinals 1
In San Diego, rookie Jesse Hahn held St. Louis to one run and four hits in seven innings, and Jedd Gyorko and Will Venable each homered and drove in four runs to lead the Padres.
Yangervis Solarte, obtained from the New York Yankees in the trade for Chase Headley, had four hits and San Diego tied its season high with 16.
Brewers 5, Rays 0
In St. Petersburg, Florida, Yovani Gallardo gave up four hits in seven innings and Martin Maldonado equaled a career high with four RBIs as NL Central-leading Milwaukee avoided a three-game sweep by beating David Price and Tampa Bay.