Giants’ single run not enough to hold off Mariners in final frame 

click to enlarge Lone run: Third baseman Pablo Sandoval, right, slides in to homeplate safely on an RBI single by Angel Pagan for the Giants’ only run of the game. - OTTO GREULE JR./GETTY IMAGES
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  • Lone run: Third baseman Pablo Sandoval, right, slides in to homeplate safely on an RBI single by Angel Pagan for the Giants’ only run of the game.

After getting just three hits in eight innings against Giants starter Madison Bumgarner, Seattle’s bats came alive against the Giants bullpen, scratching out a run on a Justin Smoak RBI single in the bottom of the ninth for a 2-1 win on Sunday.

Smoak’s single, the third of the inning for the Mariners, came off reliever Javier Lopez and scored pinch-runner Munenori Kawasaki from second base The Giants had a chance to take the lead against Seattle closer Tom Wilhelmsen in the top of the ninth, loading the bases with one out. But Wilhelmsen came back to strike out NL batting leader Melky Cabrera on three pitches before inducing an inning-ending grounder from pinch-hitter Nate Schierholtz.

Sergio Romo took over for Bumgarner to start the ninth and Kyle Seager and Jesus Montero each singled. Pinch-hitter Michael Saunders bunted into a force at third base after Lopez took over for Romo, but Smoak singled to left and pinch-runner Munenori Kawasaki raced home with the winning run.

For the Giants, it was the first loss in a road series since May 7-9 in Los Angeles.

Bumgarner came into Sunday a perfect 3-0 in June starts, having put together a 2.91 ERA for the month that was slightly better than his 3.08 season mark.

After being given a 1-0 lead on Angel Pagan’s two-out RBI single in the first, Bumgarner stumbled slightly in the second, giving up a pop fly single to Casper Wells and a one-out double to right to Miguel Olivo that put runners at second and third.

Bumgarner had a chance to get out of the inning when slumping Seattle second baseman Dustin Ackley hit a pop fly to medium deep center. But Wells challenged the throwing arm of Pagan in center fielder. Pagan’s throw was a couple of feet toward third base, and Wells made a nice slide around the tag attempt of Buster Posey to tie the score.

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