SAN FRANCISCO — The Arizona Diamondbacks are heading home still holding the second NL wild-card spot in spite of a second series loss to the last-place Giants this season.
Not exactly what manager Tory Lovullo expected from his ballclub in the thick of a playoff race.
One day after losing to the Giants in extra innings, the Diamondbacks came up short again after committing a pair of costly errors and repeatedly failing with runners in scoring position during a 6-3 loss.
That ended a 5-5 road trip that marked by numerous missed opportunities.
“These guys are built to understand that there are going to be certain challenges and you just have to give it your best effort in the right situation,” Lovullo said. “They’re giving a tremendous effort. The bottom line is it just came down to poor execution at times.”
Jeff Samardzija pitched into the seventh inning to win his third consecutive for San Francisco.
Samardzija (7-11) allowed three runs on five hits before leaving after giving up a one-out single to Katel Marte then walking Chris Hermann in the seventh. Albert Suarez retired seven batters for his first career save.
The Giants entered the day with the second-worst record in the NL, but jumped on Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin early and held on to win the series. Arizona has dropped four of its last seven.
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