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Giants stung in 8th, fall to Phillies

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Pedro Florimon delivered the biggest hit of the Phillies' three-run seventh Sunday, squeaking a two-run single to right field off Giants reliever Hunter Strickland, giving the Phillies back-to-back wins to cap their West Coast road trip. Ben Lively delivered six innings of two-run ball while Jorge Alfaro brought home the game-tying run to help the Phillies knock off the Giants, 5-2.

Maikel Franco, Nick Williams and Florimon each had two hits for the Phillies. Lively, who earned his first Major League win against the Giants earlier this season, struck out four batters and gave up an RBI single in the fifth to Giants starter Madison Bumgarner, disqualifying Lively from another win against the Giants.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Pedro Florimon delivered the biggest hit of the Phillies' three-run seventh Sunday, squeaking a two-run single to right field off Giants reliever Hunter Strickland, giving the Phillies back-to-back wins to cap their West Coast road trip. Ben Lively delivered six innings of two-run ball while Jorge Alfaro brought home the game-tying run to help the Phillies knock off the Giants, 5-2.

Maikel Franco, Nick Williams and Florimon each had two hits for the Phillies. Lively, who earned his first Major League win against the Giants earlier this season, struck out four batters and gave up an RBI single in the fifth to Giants starter Madison Bumgarner, disqualifying Lively from another win against the Giants.

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Video: PHI@SF: Alfaro lines an RBI single to right

"Everyone is getting an opportunity," Lively said about the Phillies' young players. "A lot of people are making the best of their opportunities. That fires me up more than anything."

Strickland took his first loss since June 15 after surrendering five consecutive singles to the heart of the Phillies' lineup. He escaped the jam when Williams was thrown out attempting to score on a throw from Giants right fielder Gorkys Hernandez.

Video: PHI@SF: Hernandez throws out Williams trying to score

"He just made some mistakes with the fastball," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Strickland. "He gave up some two-strike hits there. That's usually command that gets you there. You give them credit. They battled the last three innings."

With the loss, the Giants became the first team this season to be eliminated from a division race.

"I think we've known that we've been far back for a while," Giants catcher Buster Posey said. "So I think it's pretty irrelevant."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
High drama: Pablo Sandoval came to the plate in the eighth with the bases loaded and the Giants facing a two-run deficit. A batter earlier, Phillies reliever Hector Neris hit Posey in the back with the first pitch of his at-bat to load the bases. Posey moved onto the grass and stared down Neris as he headed to first base. With tensions high, Sandoval struck out after seeing five consecutive four-seam fastballs.

Video: PHI@SF: Neris tallies key strikeout with bases loaded

Later, Posey said unequivocally he believed Neris hit him intentionally. He wasn't sure why.

"I'm pretty certain that he hit me on purpose," Posey said. "It's just a shame because I wanted to compete that at-bat. He's got good stuff. I guess he didn't feel like he could get me out."

Neris disputed Posey's position, saying he was surprised by Posey's accusation. Others in the Phillies' clubhouse also could not believe Posey's comments.

"No chance," Neris said. "I didn't want to put the game on the line. … I don't want to hit anybody in that situation. It's stupid because nobody watched that and said, 'He hit him on purpose in that situation.'"

Video: PHI@SF: Posey gets plunked on the back in the 8th

Posey out at home: The Giants appeared on the verge of a big inning in the second when Posey doubled to the left-center wall and Sandoval drew a walk. Brandon Crawford then singled and San Francisco third-base coach Phil Nevin waived Posey home. But Florimon -- playing just his second Major League game in the outfield -- hurled a bullet home to catcher Alfaro, who applied the tag before Ryder Jones grounded into a double play.

"I made a good throw," Florimon said. "I said right away, 'He's going to be out.'"

Video: PHI@SF: Florimon nabs Posey trying to score

QUOTABLE
"I guess I just didn't notice. But we were pretty talented down there and I think it's good for this organization to have that kind of burst of energy. Hopefully it carries over to the homestand." -- Rhys Hoskins, on the former Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs making key contributions in the victory

SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS
Hoskins' solo homer in the ninth gave him five homers in his first 11 games. The last Phillies player to do that was Bobby Estalella, who did it in 1996-97.

Video: PHI@SF: Hoskins goes deep to left field

WHAT'S NEXT
Phillies: The Phillies do not play Monday, but they resume action Tuesday with a doubleheader against the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park. Right-hander Aaron Nola will pitch Game 1 and right-hander Nick Pivetta will pitch Game 2. Pivetta will be recalled Tuesday as the roster's 26th man.

Giants: San Francisco welcomes the Brewers to town for a three-game set beginning with a 7:15 p.m. PT contest Monday. Right-hander Chris Stratton (1-2, 4.91 ERA), on the heels of his first win in the Majors as a starter, will go against righty Zach Davies (14-6, 4.26 ERA).

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Jonathan Hawthorne is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Jorge Alfaro, Madison Bumgarner, Pedro Florimon, Ben Lively, Hector Neris, Buster Posey