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.”