It's hard to believe that going into the month of June, the San Francisco Giants had the best record in Major League Baseball. But that was then, and this is now.




And the Giants, fighting for their playoff lives, are slowly fading in the National League West pennant race as the summer wears on. They currently find themselves 5 1/2 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers (Milwaukee beat LA 6-3 last night) in the West, and they're currently one-half game behind Pittsburgh in the NL wildcard race.


Friday night, the Giants, who are 3-7 in their last ten games, blew a 3-0 lead and threw away a marvelous pitching performance by Madison Bumgarner in a 5-3, ten-inning loss to the Philadelphia Phillies at AT&T Park. The Giants have also dropped six of their last seven games.


Bumgarner (13=9, 3.14 earned-run-average) gave up an earned run on four hits with nine strikeouts in seven innings Friday night. But the Phillies rallied against San Francisco's bullpen and pushed two runs across in the eighth to tie the game; they pushed two more runs across in the tenth to win it.


Cody Asche hit a two-run homer in the eighth to tie the game and then he started the decisive rally with a double to open the tenth. Bumgarner will make his next start against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.


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