SAN FRANCISCO--As if their road trip wasn't bad enough, the San Francisco Giants returned home Tuesday night to find Chris Sale in their yard.
And even after they chased him away, it only delayed the frustration.
Gordon Beckham singled home Moises Sierra with two outs in the 10th inning, propelling the Chicago White Sox to a 3-2 victory and sending the Giants to a fifth consecutive defeat.
The Giants briefly thrilled the crowd at AT&T Park by rallying for two runs in the bottom of the ninth against the White Sox bullpen. But Chicago immediately countered in extra innings against reliever Santiago Casilla.
The defeat pushed the Giants a season-worse six games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West.
The Giants have lost 13 of their past 18 games. And even McCovey Cove, their traditional safe-haven, is no longer immune. San Francisco is 7-22 here since June 9, the worst home winning percentage in the majors during that span.
Sale was the big hurdle this time, striking out 12 over eight shutout innings as he lowered his ERA to 2.01. He struck out every Giants starter at least once except for Buster Posey, who nevertheless went 0 for 4 against him.
Ryan Vogelsong did his part to keep the Giants within range. The right-hander allowed two runs over seven innings and looked stronger as the game went on. Vogelsong has allowed only four earned runs over his past 22 innings.
His only mistake Tuesday was surrendering a two-run home run to Adam Dunn in the first inning.
The Giants had a couple of chances against Sale but squandered them both. Hunter Pence, their second hitter of the game, blasted a one-out triple to right center. But when Posey followed with a ground ball to shortstop, Pence hesitated before bolting for home.
Whatever chance Pence had of getting there safely ended when he had to avoid stepping in front of Posey's bat near the plate. Catcher Tyler Flowers received the throw from shortstop Alexei Ramirez and slapped the tag on Pence in a bang-bang play.
The Giants threatened again in the seventh, when Adam Duvall (single) and Brandon Crawford (walk) put runners at first and second with two out.
But with the pitcher's spot due up, manager Bruce Bochy dispatched a right-handed pinch hitter, Joaquin Arias, who was hitting .197 with a .224 on-base percentage this season.
Arias popped out to second base to end the threat.
But with Sale removed from the game after 117 pitches, the Giants had no problems with reliever Jake Petricka.
Pablo Sandoval, Michael Morse and pinch hitter Travis Ishikawa welcomed the reliever with consecutive singles to load the bases with nobody out. Joe Panik followed with a hot shot up the middle, but second baseman Beckham snared the ball with a dive and flipped to shortstop Ramirez to start a nifty double play.
Still, a run came home on the play to cut the score to 2-1. Crawford's single drove home pinch runner Matt Duffy to force extra innings.
--Matt Cain's right elbow surgery went just fine, Bochy said. The projected timetable for the pitcher's recovery remains at three months, which would put the three-time All-Star on track for spring training.
Bochy knows that the bone chips came out--because he saw them himself when a jar with some of the debris made it to the Giants clubhouse.
"They're pretty big. It's amazing this guy was pitching," Bochy said.
Dr. Ken Akizuki, the Giants' orthopedist, performed the season-ending surgery Monday. Besides removing the bone chips, Akizuki also "cleaned up" some bone spurs, Bochy said.
--The Giants honored Robin Williams throughout the night, playing video clips of the actor's finest moments and holding a pre-game moment of silence. Players from both dugouts came onto field and removed their caps.
Williams, who died of an apparent suicide Monday, was a Giants fan and occasional visitor to AT&T Park.
Bochy recalled the time Williams and fellow comedian Billy Crystal visited the Giants dugout before a game against the New York Yankees in 2007.
Williams quipped to the players: "We have to take care of these Yankees. I have a lot on this game."
--Brandon Belt remains on the seven-day concussion list despite being eligible to come off on Saturday. The first baseman's status is considered day to day.
--Catcher Hector Sanchez, also on the seven-day concussion list, cleared his tests and served as the designated hitter for Triple-A Fresno on Tuesday. Sanchez is scheduled to catch Wednesday's game for Fresno.
--In honor of Jerry Garcia Night at the ballpark, two members of the Grateful Dead--Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart--threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
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