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Strickland blows save in ninth as Giants fall to Marlins

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SAN FRANCISCO — Hunter Strickland couldn’t hold a two-run lead in the ninth inning Monday night as the Giants fell 5-4 to the Miami Marlins before a crowd of 36,473 at AT&T Park.
Andrew Suarez and Sam Dyson handed Strickland a clean ninth and a 4-2 lead, but the Giants’ closer walked Brian Anderson to lead off the ining and then gave up a run-scoring double to J.T. Realmuto.
Before Strickland was removed for Tony Watson, Lewis Brinson and Miguel Rojas had delivered run-scori singles before manager Bruce Bochy went out and got Strickland in favor of Tony Watson.
Suarez turned in 6 1/3 strong innings and Pablo Sandoval hit a rare right-handed home run to help give the Giants the lead. Sandoval’s home run was a two-run shot in the second inning against starter Caleb Hernandez.
Dyson pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief before Strickland came aboard.
Suarez threw only 23 pitches through three innings and 41 through four before giving up two runs in the fifth. In the sixth, Suarez retired Cameron Maybin to open the inning and then walked Lewis Brinson — his first walk of the game.
That was all managerBochy needed to see to lift Suarez in favor of Dyson.
It took Dyson just one pitch to get out of the inning, getting a ground ball from Miguel Rojas to a sprawling Kelby Tomlinson for an inning ending double play.
The Giants took a 3-0 lead in the second when Buster Posey’s leadoff fly ball to center field was lost by Brinson, who seemed stunned when he lost track of it and had the ball fall behind him for a gift double.
Following a ground out to third by Matt Williamson, Joe Panik singled up the middle to give the Giants a 1-0 lead. Sandoval was next, and his two-run home run to left field had the Giants up 3-0.
It was just the 20th home run of Sandoval’s career from the right side, as opposed to 111 from the left side. His last home run right-handed was last Sept. 17 against Arizona and it was only his second home run from the right side since 2014.
In the third inning, McCutchen led off with a walk. Posey’s ground ball to deep short was scored a hit, and Williamson followed with a single to left for a 4-0 Giants lead.
Suarez cruised into the fifth inning before the Marlins got to him for a pair of runs. Maybin led off with a sold single to right, and after Brinson doubled off the left field fence to put runners at second and third, Miguel Rojas delivered a two-run single to make it 4-2.
 

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