Giants Vs. Mariners: M's Edge G-Men With 2-1 Victory

The Giants head to Safeco Field to face the Mariners in a three game set.

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Giants Vs. Mariners: M's Edge G-Men With 2-1 Victory

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Justin Smoak hit a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning on Sunday and the Mariners edged the Giants, 2-1, in the finale of a three-game series.

Tom Wilhelmsen (3-1) escaped a bases-loaded jam in the top of the ninth and Seattle began the bottom half with back-to-back singles off of Sergio Romo (2-1). Javier Lopez entered and allowed Smoak's one-out line drive to left field, which scored pinch-runner Munenori Kawasaki from second base.

"I tried to get a pitch to hit and not try to do too much," said Smoak. "I got a changeup right over the plate and put a good swing on it."

Felix Hernandez gave up one run over seven innings in his second start back from injury for the Mariners, who won the last two games of this series after suffering six straight losses.

San Francisco starter Madison Bumgarner allowed one run on three hits over eight innings. He retired 17 straight batters after Dustin Ackley's sacrifice fly in the second inning.

Angel Pagan had an RBI single in the first for the Giants, losers of three of their last four games.

In addition to his game-winning hit, Smoak made a diving stop on Hector Sanchez's grounder to end the eighth after the Giants placed runners at first and second.

San Francisco threatened again an inning later, loading the bases with one down on a single and a pair of walks, but Wilhelmsen struck out Melky Cabrera on three pitches and grounded out pinch-hitter Nate Schierholtz to escape.

Cabrera fielded Smoak's base hit in the bottom half after Kyle Seger and Jesus Montero led off with consecutive singles. The left fielder's throw home was on target, but it struck a sliding Kawasaki in the back and rolled harmlessly up the first base line.

"The ninth inning was the difference," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. "It was the golden opportunity but we didn't quite get it done and they got the big hit. Hits win games and we were missing that today, especially in the ninth."

Game Notes

Hernandez missed 11 games with lower back stiffness...The Giants dropped their first road series since losing two of three games to the Dodgers from May 7-9...Home plate umpire Andy Fletcher left in the eighth inning after taking a pitch off of his arm. He was replaced by Joe West.

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Giants Vs. Mariners, Final Score: Tim Lincecum Rocked Again, G-Men Fall 7-4

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Franklin Gutierrez hit a go-ahead, pinch-hit single in the sixth inning on Saturday and the Mariners defeated the Giants, 7-4.

Brendan Ryan added a two-run base hit later in the sixth, helping the Mariners halt a six-game skid. Casper Wells and Jesus Montero both hit a solo homer in the first inning.

Hisashi Iwakuma (1-0) tossed two scoreless innings of relief to secure the win. Starter Kevin Millwood, who was coming off a no-decision in a combined no-hitter, was charged with four runs -- three earned -- over five frames.

Jeremy Affeldt gave up Gutierrez's go-ahead hit, but Tim Lincecum (2-8) was charged with the run and has now lost a career-high six straight games.

Ryan Theriot went 3-for-5 with two RBI for the Giants, who had won 10 of 14 coming in, including the opener of this three-game series on Friday.

In all, Lincecum gave up five runs on five hits. He walked two, struck out six and was relieved by Affeldt after allowing a leadoff single to Montero in the sixth. Hits by Michael Saunders and Dustin Ackley loaded the bases before Gutierrez slapped a grounder towards third. Joaquin Arias backhanded the ball, but his throw to first was late and Montero crossed the plate for a 5-4 lead.

"He was throwing well," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Lincecum's outing. "Looked like a good night for him after the first inning. I know he's taking it hard, he was pitching his heart out...it's hard to explain because he is so good at times. Then he has his hiccup innings and has a tough time staying out of the big inning."

Ryan's subsequent single up the middle capped the scoring.

The Giants have now lost each of Lincecum's last nine starts, although they did battle back to take the lead after Wells and Montero got to the two-time NL Cy Young winner early.

They manufactured a pair of runs in the third inning, which began with a Brandon Crawford double. Gregor Blanco then reached on an error by first baseman Justin Smoak and Theriot scored Crawford with a line drive to right. After a double-steal, Buster Posey tied the game with an infield single.

San Francisco took a 4-2 lead an inning later on consecutive two-out RBI singles from Theriot and Melky Cabrera. The base hits plated Brandon Belt and Crawford, who reached with a walk and a single, respectively.

Lincecum began to unravel in the fifth, allowing a leadoff single to Ackley before issuing a four-pitch walk to John Jaso. A sacrifice bunt advanced the runners and Ichiro Suzuki delivered and RBI single before Jaso scored the tying run on a wild pitch.

"He's a great pitcher (Lincecum) and it's easy to see why," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "I thought we did a good job of squaring up some fastballs and laying off some tough changeups as well, which I think made a difference for us."

Game Notes

The Giants are now 2-12 in games that Lincecum has started this season...Millwood had not pitched since leaving after six hitless innings against the Dodgers on June 8. Five Mariners relievers combined to work a final three hitless innings in that one.Seattle has homered in nine straight games, its longest streak since an 11-gamr stretch in 2009.

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Giants Vs. Mariners Final Score: Ryan Vogelsong, Homers Lead San Francisco To 4-2 Win

The San Francisco Giants visited Safeco Field on Friday night to kick off a three-game interleague series against the Seattle Mariners. Safeco was unusually kind to the long ball on the Giants' part and Ryan Vogelsong was once again fantastic as San Francisco won by a final score of 4-2.

The Giants struck first in the second inning, as Buster Posey launched an upper-deck solo home run to left field to open the scoring. In the top of the fourth inning, Brandon Belt doubled Angel Pagan to third base and Joaquin Arias brought Pagan home with a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0 Giants.

In the top of the eighth inning, with starter Jason Vargas still in the game (after a four-pitch seventh inning), Melky Cabrera hit his sixth home run of the season to left field. The two-run blast extended the Giants lead to 4-2. Cabrera, Belt and Gregor Blanco each had two hits in the game.

Vogelsong dazzled, allowing just two hits through seven innings of work. He came out for the eighth inning, but allowed two hits to lead off the inning and was pulled for Javier Lopez.

Lopez gave up a hit to pinch hitter Casper Wells, loading the bases for Ichiro Suzuki with no outs. Suzuki grounded into a fielder's choice that deflected off Lopez's glove, bringing a run home that was charged to Vogelsong. Sergio Romo came in with one out and runners at the corners. Romo got the double play ball he was looking for, but Pablo Sandoval booted it and could only get the out at first, cutting the San Francisco lead to 4-2. Romo would get another ground ball to finally end the inning.

Santiago Casilla pitched a perfect ninth inning for the save. Vogelsong's final line was two earned runs four hits and three walks in seven-plus innings, with six strikeouts.

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Giants Vs. Mariners: Ryan Vogelsong Gets The Nod In Game 1

The San Francisco Giants are on the road again, taking their talents to the great northwest to take on the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. Ryan Vogelsong will take the bump for the Black and Orange, eyeing another victory

Vogelsong had himself another excellent start for the Giants in his last outing, tossing 7.2 innings of one-run ball of just three-hit ball in a 5-2 win against the Rangers. It was his fifth consecutive victory after starting the season 0-2, though San Francisco have won all of his last seven starts. Vogelsong also lowered his ERA to 2.26, the NL's third-best mark at the moment.

The M's will seond out Jason Vargas, who has struggled in his last two starts despite going 1-1. He gave up a total of nine earned runs over a combined 11 2/3 innings in those two outings, including three home runs.

First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m. PT with coverage on NBC Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants Vs. Mariners, Series Preview: G-Men Look To Keep The Good Times Rolling In Seattle

The Giants head to Safeco Field to face the Mariners in a three game set.

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