Giants nearly blow another big lead, hold off Rangers 5-3

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Less than 24 hours after blowing a six-run lead in an extra-innings loss, Mark Melancon prevented the San Francisco Giants from letting another big advantage slip away.

The former closer did it on a day when the Giants celebrated their 2010 World Series championship, a team that had more than its fair share of tight finishes.

Melancon got pinch-hitter Carlos Perez to fly out with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, preserving a 5-3 win over Texas Rangers on Saturday.

''It's really incredible how similar the two games were but we found a way to get the last out today,'' San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. ''Torture was back.''

Andrew Suarez pitched seven scoreless innings of three-hit ball to end a four-start winless drought. Brandon Crawford and Hunter Pence homered while Nick Hundley added two walks and scored.

San Francisco began the day nine games behind Milwaukee for the second NL wild card.

''It's very important to continue to send that message of relentless attack,'' Pence said. ''Even where we are and as clouded as it may seem, you still never know. When there's still a chance in this game of baseball, things can get hot in an instant.''

Hours after Bochy confirmed that six-time All-Star catcher Buster Posey is headed for season-ending hip surgery, San Francisco did the bulk of its scoring in the first inning then held on behind Suarez and three relievers for a rare win at AT&T Park.

Suarez (5-9) struck out five and walked three to win for the first time since July 29. The left-hander induced 12 groundouts and two double plays.

''This whole week I looked at old video just to see what could get me going again,'' Suarez said. ''Once I know I'm getting a lot of groundballs I know that's when I'm in my game.''

The Giants have the fourth-best winning percentage in the NL at home but had lost 10 of the previous 13 at their waterfront ballpark before edging the Rangers.

Rougned Odor homered and had three hits for Texas.

''The difference is we didn't get the big hit when we needed to there late,'' Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. ''We felt good about our situation once we got some baserunners there in the last inning. We were unable to come up with the big hit.''

Hunter Strickland and Will Smith combined to retire five batters before Melancon closed the hectic ninth.

Crawford homered off Martin Perez (2-6) in the first, a three-run blast to center. The Giants shortstop entered the day batting .178 since July 1, the lowest average in the majors among players with at least 150 plate appearances.

Pence had a pinch-hit home run off Matt Moore in the seventh.

Odor, who hit a tying two-run home run in the ninth Friday, trimmed the lead to 5-3 with a three-run shot off Hunter Strickland in the eighth. Two batters earlier, a two-out fielding error by left fielder Austin Slater extended the inning.

IN A RUT

Perez allowed four runs in the first inning then yielded only two hits over the next four innings. The lefty, who missed more than two months on the DL because of pain in his right elbow, is winless since April 22.

''The first inning I threw just one bad pitch,'' Perez said. ''After that I shut it down and just tried to get zeroes.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: IF Hanser Alberto was placed on the disabled list with a right hamstring strain, an injury he suffered Friday in his first game after being called up to take Bartolo Colon's roster spot. Carlos Perez was called up from Triple-A Round Rock. RHP Nick Gardewine was placed on the 60-day DL with a right forearm strain.

Giants: Posey will undergo hip surgery Monday in Colorado and will miss 6-8 months, ending what has been a painful and frustrating year for the six-time All-Star. RHP Jeff Samardzija will seek a second opinion on his troublesome pitching shoulder. Samardzija has been on the DL since July 15.

UP NEXT

Rangers RHP Yovani Gallardo (7-2, 6.06 ERA) has six wins in 10 career starts against the Giants. San Francisco LHP Derek Holland (6-8, 3.75), who won 62 games over eight seasons with Texas, makes his third career appearance against his former club.

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  • W: A. Suarez (5-9)L: M. Perez (2-6)S: M. Melancon (2)
  • HR: TEX - R. Odor (17), SF - H. Pence (2), B. Crawford (12)
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  • b-walked for Tocci in the 9th
  • c-grounded out for Perez in the 6th
  • d-flied out for Moore in the 8th
  • e-flied out for Martin in the 9th
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  • a-struck out for d'Arnaud in the 8th
  • b-homered for Suarez in the 7th
BATTING
  • HR - R. Odor (17)
  • RBI - R. Odor 3 (59)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Odor 3 (13)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Andrus, J. Profar 2 (2), C. Perez 3 (3)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. McCutchen (27)
  • HR - B. Crawford (12), H. Pence (2)
  • SF - E. Longoria (4)
  • RBI - E. Longoria (45), B. Crawford 3 (49), H. Pence (18)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Crawford 3 (14)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Belt, S. Duggar 4 (4), A. Suarez
BASERUNNING
  • CS - R. Odor (11)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - N. Hundley, A. Slater (5)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Crawford-d'Arnaud-Belt; Crawford-d'Arnaud-Belt)
  • E - A. Slater
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Perez (L, 2-6)5.05441416.951.892.0
M. Moore2.01112316.951.723.5
C. Martin1.02000204.731.302.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Perez (L, 2-6)5.0
M. Moore2.0
C. Martin1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Suarez (W, 5-9)7.03003504.421.3227.5
H. Strickland1.02300012.971.271.0
W. Smith (H, 6)0.21002201.840.89-2.0
M. Melancon (S, 2)0.10000002.931.487.0
PITCHERSIP
A. Suarez (W, 5-9)7.0
H. Strickland1.0
W. Smith (H, 6)0.2
M. Melancon (S, 2)0.1
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Perez 79-44, M. Moore 41-24, C. Martin 23-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Perez 2-9
  • Batters Faced - M. Perez 21, M. Moore 9, C. Martin 5
PITCHING
  • WP - W. Smith (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Suarez 106-64, H. Strickland 20-16, W. Smith 28-17, M. Melancon 4-2
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Suarez 12-1, H. Strickland 1-3
  • Batters Faced - A. Suarez 24, H. Strickland 6, W. Smith 5, M. Melancon
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J. Profar 3B30000123.254.337.453.7900.0
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R. Guzman 1B30000001.234.312.415.7260.0
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  • a-struck out for Guzman in the 9th
  • b-walked for Tocci in the 9th
  • c-grounded out for Perez in the 6th
  • d-flied out for Moore in the 8th
  • e-flied out for Martin in the 9th
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E. Longoria 3B30010000.247.282.425.7081.0
N. Hundley C21100200.241.299.436.7346.0
A. Slater LF40100023.276.379.341.7212.0
B. Crawford SS41131013.263.333.413.7467.5
C. d'Arnaud 2B20000100.257.303.443.7451.0
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b- H. Pence PH11111000.224.257.315.5726.0
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  • a-struck out for d'Arnaud in the 8th
  • b-homered for Suarez in the 7th
BATTING
  • HR - R. Odor (17)
  • RBI - R. Odor 3 (59)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Odor 3 (13)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Andrus, J. Profar 2 (2), C. Perez 3 (3)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. McCutchen (27)
  • HR - B. Crawford (12), H. Pence (2)
  • SF - E. Longoria (4)
  • RBI - E. Longoria (45), B. Crawford 3 (49), H. Pence (18)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Crawford 3 (14)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Belt, S. Duggar 4 (4), A. Suarez
BASERUNNING
  • CS - R. Odor (11)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - N. Hundley, A. Slater (5)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Crawford-d'Arnaud-Belt; Crawford-d'Arnaud-Belt)
  • E - A. Slater
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Perez (L, 2-6)5.05441416.951.892.0
M. Moore2.01112316.951.723.5
C. Martin1.02000204.731.302.0
Total8.0855392---
PITCHERSIP
M. Perez (L, 2-6)5.0
M. Moore2.0
C. Martin1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Suarez (W, 5-9)7.03003504.421.3227.5
H. Strickland1.02300012.971.271.0
W. Smith (H, 6)0.21002201.840.89-2.0
M. Melancon (S, 2)0.10000002.931.487.0
Total9.0630571---
PITCHERSIP
A. Suarez (W, 5-9)7.0
H. Strickland1.0
W. Smith (H, 6)0.2
M. Melancon (S, 2)0.1
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Perez 79-44, M. Moore 41-24, C. Martin 23-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Perez 2-9
  • Batters Faced - M. Perez 21, M. Moore 9, C. Martin 5
PITCHING
  • WP - W. Smith (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Suarez 106-64, H. Strickland 20-16, W. Smith 28-17, M. Melancon 4-2
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Suarez 12-1, H. Strickland 1-3
  • Batters Faced - A. Suarez 24, H. Strickland 6, W. Smith 5, M. Melancon
  • 8TH INNING
    Odor homered to right, Gallo and Choo scored35
  • 7TH INNING
    Pence homered to left05
  • 1ST INNING
    Crawford homered to center, Belt and Hundley scored04
    Longoria hit sacrifice fly to center, McCutchen scored, Belt to second01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Will Smith relieved Hunter Strickland
    • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mazara struck out swinging
    • J. Profar: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Profar walked
    • R. Chirinos: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Chirinos reached on an infield single to shortstop, Profar to second
    • Adrian Beltre hit for Ronald Guzman
    • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Profar to third, Chirinos to second on wild pitch, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Beltre struck out swinging
    • Isiah Kiner-Falefa hit for Carlos Tocci
    • I. Kiner-Falefa: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Kiner-Falefa walked
    • Mark Melancon relieved Will Smith
    • Carlos Perez hit for Chris Martin
    • C. Perez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Perez flied out to left
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Hunter Strickland pitching
    • R. Guzman: Foul, Ball, Guzman popped out to second
    • C. Tocci: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Tocci flied out to left
    • Joey Gallo hit for Matt Moore
    • J. Gallo: Strike looking, Foul, Gallo safe at first on left fielder Slater fielding error
    • S. Choo: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Choo singled to right, Gallo to third
    • R. Odor: Odor homered to right, Gallo and Choo scored
    • E. Andrus: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Andrus grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 8th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
    • Chris Martin pitching
    • N. Hundley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hundley singled to left
    • A. Slater: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Slater singled to right, Hundley to third
    • B. Crawford: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Strike swinging, Crawford struck out swinging
    • Alen Hanson hit for Chase d'Arnaud
    • A. Hanson: Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Slater stole second
    • S. Duggar: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Duggar flied out to right
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • A. Suarez Pitching:
    • N. Mazara: Foul, Mazara singled to center
    • J. Profar: Foul, Ball, Profar reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Mazara out at second
    • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Chirinos grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Profar out at second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Hunter Pence hit for Andrew Suarez
    • H. Pence: Ball, Ball, Foul, Pence homered to left
    • A. McCutchen: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, McCutchen struck out on foul tip
    • B. Belt: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Belt flied out to deep center
    • E. Longoria: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Longoria flied out to deep right
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Drew Robinson hit for Martin Perez
    • D. Robinson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Robinson grounded out to first
    • S. Choo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Choo walked
    • R. Odor: Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Odor reached on fielder's choice to second, Choo out at second
    • E. Andrus: Ball, Andrus grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Odor out at second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Matt Moore pitching
    • N. Hundley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hundley walked
    • A. Slater: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul tip, Slater struck out on foul tip
    • B. Crawford: Crawford popped out to second
    • C. d'Arnaud: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Hundley stole second, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, d'Arnaud walked
    • S. Duggar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Duggar struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • A. Suarez Pitching:
    • R. Chirinos: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Chirinos walked
    • R. Guzman: Strike looking, Guzman reached on fielder's choice to first, Chirinos out at second
    • C. Tocci: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Tocci grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Guzman out at second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Perez Pitching:
    • A. McCutchen: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, McCutchen grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Belt: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Belt struck out on foul tip
    • E. Longoria: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Longoria flied out to left
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • A. Suarez Pitching:
    • S. Choo: Foul, Ball, Choo grounded out to second
    • R. Odor: Odor reached on bunt single to pitcher
    • E. Andrus: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Andrus walked, Odor to second
    • N. Mazara: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Mazara struck out looking
    • J. Profar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Profar struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Perez Pitching:
    • B. Crawford: Ball, Ball, Crawford lined out to right
    • C. d'Arnaud: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, d'Arnaud flied out to left
    • S. Duggar: Ball, Duggar reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • A. Suarez: Suarez lined out to second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • A. Suarez Pitching:
    • R. Guzman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Guzman grounded out to second
    • C. Tocci: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Tocci grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Perez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Perez struck out looking
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Perez Pitching:
    • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Longoria flied out to deep right
    • N. Hundley: Ball, Foul, Ball, Hundley flied out to shallow right
    • A. Slater: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Slater struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • A. Suarez Pitching:
    • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Ball, Mazara popped out to second
    • J. Profar: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Profar struck out swinging
    • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Chirinos grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Perez Pitching:
    • S. Duggar: Ball, Ball, Duggar singled to right center
    • A. Suarez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Suarez struck out bunting foul
    • A. McCutchen: Ball, Ball, McCutchen grounded out to third, Duggar to second
    • B. Belt: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Belt struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • A. Suarez Pitching:
    • S. Choo: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Choo grounded out to first
    • R. Odor: Foul, Odor singled to center
    • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Odor picked off at second, pitcher to first to shortstop to pitcher, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Andrus struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Perez Pitching:
    • A. McCutchen: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, McCutchen doubled to deep left
    • B. Belt: Belt singled to left, McCutchen to third
    • E. Longoria: Foul, Longoria hit sacrifice fly to center, McCutchen scored, Belt to second
    • N. Hundley: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hundley walked
    • A. Slater: Foul, Strike swinging, Slater lined out to right
    • B. Crawford: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Crawford homered to center, Belt and Hundley scored
    • C. d'Arnaud: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, d'Arnaud flied out to center
    • End of the 1st (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)