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Giants fall to Fish in Suarez's return to Miami

Marlins walk off SF in bottom of the ninth to take first 3 games of series
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MIAMI -- In a return to his hometown, Giants starting pitcher Andrew Suarez made a decent enough showing in front of family and friends, though he got a no-decision in San Francisco's 5-4 walk-off loss on Wednesday at Marlins Park.

Brian Anderson lofted a game-winning sacrifice fly with one out in the ninth off Giants reliever Hunter Strickland, scoring Miguel Rojas, and saddling reliever Reyes Moronta with his first career loss. The Giants squandered leads of 2-0, 3-2 and 4-3. They've lost the first three games of the series and will try to avoid a four-game sweep on Thursday afternoon.

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MIAMI -- In a return to his hometown, Giants starting pitcher Andrew Suarez made a decent enough showing in front of family and friends, though he got a no-decision in San Francisco's 5-4 walk-off loss on Wednesday at Marlins Park.

Brian Anderson lofted a game-winning sacrifice fly with one out in the ninth off Giants reliever Hunter Strickland, scoring Miguel Rojas, and saddling reliever Reyes Moronta with his first career loss. The Giants squandered leads of 2-0, 3-2 and 4-3. They've lost the first three games of the series and will try to avoid a four-game sweep on Thursday afternoon.

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"We're having a hard time holding a lead, that's what's frustrating," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. "They just knick us for a run tonight a few times. But we fought hard. It was a back-and-forth game."

Suarez, born and raised in Miami, was a hurler at the University of Miami. He faced the Marlins in an exhibition game as a freshman in college, pitching three innings. On Wednesday, he worked five innings, allowing two runs on five hits. He struck out three and walked two.

"I kept hearing my name, but I didn't know who it was. I saw some friends before I was warming up, but once the game started, I just focused on the game," said Suarez of the many family and friends who were in attendance.

He breezed through the first three innings, giving up just a lone single to Marlins pitcher Caleb Smith, who had two of the five hits allowed by Suarez. But the rest of the Marlins got to him the second time around, scoring two runs on three hits in the fourth inning to tie the game at 2.

"I was pounding the strike zone with everything, keeping the ball down," said Suarez. "I got some good ground balls at the beginning of the game. And then at the end, I just fell behind and they capitalized on it.

With the roof opened at Marlins Park, Suarez had forgotten how humid it gets in South Florida in the summertime.

"I didn't have a feel for a lot of pitches later on in the game. All the humidity and sweating so much, the ball was a little slick. But you have to compete and try to keep throwing strikes. At the end, my command was off, but I battled."

The Giants have struggled on the road thus far in 2018. With the loss on Wednesday, San Francisco falls to 14-24 (.368) for the season away from home. Only the Marlins own a worse road win percentage (.353) with a 12-22 mark.

Andrew McCutchen continues to sizzle in June, however, and Buster Posey went 3-for-4 with a stolen base and two runs scored.

A career .319 hitter for the month of June entering the night, McCutchen added to his totals with a 2-for-5 performance. He got things started for the Giants, who over the previous four games had hit just .172 (5-for-29) with runners in scoring position. But with Posey on second after his one-out double, McCutchen launched the first pitch he saw from Smith over the center-field wall.

Video: SF@MIA: McCutchen drills a 2-run homer to center

The 422-foot blast, as measured by Statcast™, traveled out of the ballpark with an exit velocity of 103.7 mph and a 29-degree launch angle and gave the Giants a 2-0 lead.

"Got a pitch to hit, put a good swing on it, put two runs on the board early," McCutchen said. "I didn't crush it. I hit it good, but I didn't feel like I got all of it."

Smith made the mistake of offering up a fastball to McCutchen, who entered the contest hitting .336 against heaters this season, as opposed to his .125 batting average on offspeed pitches.

It was McCutchen's seventh multi extra-base-hit game of the season. Four of his seven home runs have come in the month of June, but McCutchen said he doesn't want to stand out as a one-month player.

"Wish I could change that, don't want to be known as the 'June Guy.' I'd like to be known as the 'Season Dude,'" McCutchen said.

The Giants right fielder clubbed another Smith fastball for his 20th double of the season in the third inning to give him nine two-hit games in the last 14 contests.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Suarez held the Marlins in check through three innings. But a walk to open the fourth started the unraveling. He gave up three singles in the inning, and a 2-0 lead became a 2-2 tie.

Video: SF@MIA: Brinson singles to short to plate a run

"In the stretch is when he got out of sync a little bit at times, seemed like he got a little quick there," said Bochy. 

SOUND SMART
Posey (3-for-4, with a walk, stolen base and two runs scored) was on-base in four of his five at-bats. Three of his last four games at Marlins Park have been multi-hit efforts.

HE SAID IT
"It's a 162-game schedule. You're not going to win every one of them. You've just got to learn how to not lose a lot. You've got to figure out how to win. That's what good teams do; when they're down, show up the next day and figure out a way to scratch and claw, keep runs on the board, and get the W." -- McCutchen, on battling through when things aren't going your way

UP NEXT
Dereck Rodriguez was just 11 years old when his dad, Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez won a World Series with the Marlins in 2003. The 26-year-old right-hander gets the start in a 9:10 a.m. PT Thursday series finale against the team with which his dad reached the pinnacle of the baseball world. The Marlins counter with right-hander Dan Straily, who is 4-0 lifetime in five career starts against the Giants.

Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami.

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