SAN FRANCISCO — It’s usually a good thing when a Giants starter joins Gaylord Perry in the record books. Not on this night.
Tim Hudson became the first Giants pitcher to allow 15 hits in a game since Perry gave up 16 to the Reds on Sept. 28, 1968. The Giants, naturally, lost.
The Marlins knocked Hudson all over the yard in a 7-2 win in the series opener and Dan Haren had little trouble in his seven innings. After three consecutive shutouts, the Giants have dropped two straight, allowing 16 runs.
Hudson gave up two hits in the first inning and four in the second, with Haren’s two-run double to the right-center field gap putting the Marlins ahead. The Marlins kept dotting the bases but Hudson was surviving until the seventh, when Marcell Ozuna hit a mammoth two-run homer.
The Giants briefly threatened in the seventh when Buster Posey hit a leadoff single and Brandon Belt followed with a double. Posey scored on a sacrifice fly and the crowd jumped when Brandon Crawford hit a ball deep to center, but it held up long enough to be caught in Triples Alley. Matt Duffy’s double made it 6-2, but the comeback attempt never got serious.
Starting pitching report: The rotation’s WHIP has taken a big hit this week. Hudson gave up the 15 hits a day after Chris Heston allowed 11. This was the 30th time in Hudson’s 17-year career that he allowed double-digit hits, but his previous high was 12, done seven separate times. On a positive note, he didn’t walk anybody.
Bullpen report: A nice bounce back for Jean Machi, who struggled his last time out. Machi pitched the eighth and got two grounders to short and a strikeout.
At the plate: There was plenty to go around here. Belt had a double for the fifth straight game. Duffy had a double and has five hits in three starts at third base. In his return to AT&T Park, Michael Morse added two singles to right to his ring. Even the pitchers got into the act, with Haren picking up a couple hits and Hudson notching his first base hit since April 30 … of 2014.
In the field: How many Superman catches is that for Justin Maxwell? The right fielder left his feet to rob Giancarlo Stanton on an absolute laser in the seventh inning.
Attendance: The Giants announced a crowd of 41,367 human beings. Emphasis on “announced.”
Up next: Tim Lincecum, owner of the rotation’s lowest ERA (2.40), takes on right-hander Jarred Cosart (1-2, 2.97) in the second game of this four-game series. There’s important action up north, too. Hunter Pence is expected to start a rehab assignment Friday night in Sacramento.