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Giants squander Tim Hudson’s solid start in 2-1 loss to Phillies (w/video)

  • San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence doubles down the right field line to score three runs and reach third base on a throwing error during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Philadelphia. The Giants won 3-1. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

PHILADELPHIA — The Giants couldn’t have asked for more from Tim Hudson.

Hudson gave up two unearned runs in six innings but he was outpitched by Cole Hammels, and Chase Utley had a tiebreaking RBI single in the fifth inning to lift the Philadelphia Phillies to a 2-1 victory Thursday.

“You’re hoping your guy gives you a chance, and that’s what (Hudson) did,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “He pitched great.”

Hamels (5-5) got the better of Hudson in a matchup between starters who have combined for seven All-Star appearances. Hamels gave up six hits while striking out 10 and walking one.

Hamels also cooled off Hunter Pence, who went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts. Pence entered batting .412 with a homer and six RBIs in the series, including the game-winning double in Wednesday’s 3-1 Giants victory.


Hudson (8-7) gave up two runs in six innings although both were unearned. The right-hander struck out six and walked two.

The Giants, who were looking for their first four-game sweep in Philadelphia since 1998, lost for just the second time in eight games. Their lead over the idle Dodgers in the NL West dropped to 1 1/2 games entering this weekend’s three-game series between the rivals at AT&T Park.

Despite the defeat, the Giants return home feeling positive after a 5-2 road trip.

“That’s a really good road trip,” Bochy said. “We’ve got a big series ahead of us. It’s going to be a good, exciting series. ”

Added Hudson: “It’s a big series for us. Every series against those guys is going to be big from here on out.”


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