SAN FRANCISCO — With the highest-scoring team in baseball in town, a banged-up Giants lineup simply couldn’t keep pace.
The Giants scored three early runs but then went silent, falling 5-3 to the Red Sox in 10 innings. Boston tied the game in the seventh and then took over in extra innings, giving the Giants their first three-game losing streak since May 8-10.
The Red Sox struck first in a rare visit to AT&T Park, getting two doubles in the second inning and then a double and infield single in the third to go up 2-0. Rick Porcello allowed just a Jarrett Parker homer the first time through the order, but the Giants got three consecutive singles to kick off the fourth. Brandon Crawford walked, tying the game, and Gregor Blanco’s double-play grounder gave Albert Suarez a one-run cushion.
With Suarez making just his second career start, Bruce Bochy got the bullpen going in the fifth and again in the sixth. Both times the longtime minor leaguer cruised through his inning. When Suarez walked Jackie Bradley Jr. with one out in the seventh, though, Bochy came out with the hook.
Bradley Jr. immediately took off for second and reached third when Trevor Brown’s throw tailed away. After George Kontos walked the only batter he faced, the Red Sox played the David Ortiz card. Bochy countered with Javier Lopez, Ortiz’s former teammate who took part in a pre-game ceremony honoring the retiring slugger. Ortiz got a standing ovation and AT&T Park buzzed for a matchup that was over in one pitch. Ortiz grounded out to a shifted Crawford, scoring the tying run.
Santiago Casilla was dominant in the ninth, but he came back out for the tenth and gave up a double before issuing a four-pitch walk. Mookie Betts loaded the bases with a bunt hit but Dustin Pedroia hit into a force play at the plate. Xander Bogaerts picked Pedroia up, dumping a flare into center to plate two runs.
Starting pitching report: Suarez was charged with two earned on five hits in 6 1/3 innings. His ERA through seven appearances (two starts) is 3.09.
Bullpen report: After making three pitching changes in the seventh, Bochy left Hunter Strickland in to get through the eighth. Strickland ended up getting four outs for just the second time this season.
At the plate: Parker drilled a low changeup into the arcade section for his third homer of the year. He has eight in 113 career plate appearances.
In the field: Strickland’s second pitch of the eighth was an 83 mph curveball that Betts hit back at him at 102 mph. Strickland snagged it. He seemed rather unbothered by the whole thing.
Attendance: The Giants announced a crowd of 41,512 human beings. At times, AT&T Park sounded like Fenway West.
Up next: A good one … Madison Bumgarner vs. David Price.