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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants missed a chance to capture the NL West at home and fell 3-2 against the San Diego Padres when Jake Cronenworth hit an RBI-double in the 10th inning on Saturday.
A sold-out crowd of 40,760 people lined up to celebrate the crown of San Francisco’s First Division since 2012, but the Padres ruined the party, sending the raucous group to the exits in a state of disbelief.
The Giants’ seven-game winning streak came to an end, but hours later, they still had a chance to win the West — a second-place Los Angeles Dodgers loss to Milwaukee would put San Francisco in the crown.
If the Dodgers win, that would keep the Giants’ magic number at one and force the race into the final day of the regular season. San Francisco started Saturday with a two game lead over Los Angeles.
With runners on the corners and two outs in the top of the 10th, Cronenworth lined out to the right on Jarlin García to give San Diego its first lead of the game.
Mark Melancon eliminated the Giants to earn his leading 39th save of the season in the bottom half. Tim Hill (6-6) took the win.
Manny Machado scored two runs for the Padres, who broke a seven-game streak.
Austin Slater had a pinch-hit homer for the Giants.
Kris Bryant singled to Brandon Crawford in the second inning to give San Francisco an early 1-0 lead.
The Padres made it 1 in the sixth on an RBI single by Machado, but the Giants immediately retook the bottom half lead on Slater’s 12th home run.
San Diego tied the score at 2 in the eighth on a sac-fly by Machado.
Kervin Castro (1-1) was charged with the loss to San Francisco.
PINCH HIT RECORDING
Slater’s drive marked the 18th pinch-hit homer of the season for the Giants and set an MLB record. It was Slater’s fourth pinch-hit home run of the year, tying the franchise record.
Giants-starter Kevin Gausman fanned out five in seven stellar innings, giving up only one run on six hits. Joe Musgrove of San Diego gave up one run on three hits in five innings and struckout four.
Padres: RHP Yu Darvish is optimistic about his off-season recovery from a left hip impingement that put him on Thursday’s 10-day injured list. “I don’t think it’s that bad,” Darvish said through an interpreter. “Going forward, it will be some rest, and then it will be a rehab. I’ll do that as soon as we start off-season with the guys in the training room. ”
Giants: Closer Jake McGee (right oblique trunk) was recovered from the 10-day IL. The southpaw has made 31 saves in 36 chances this season.
Padres: Option RHP Pedro Avila to Triple-A El Paso and recall RHP James Norwood.
Giants: Optional INF Thairo Estrada to Triple-A Sacramento.
Giants RHP Logan Webb (10-3, 2.93 ERA) is looking forward to his 10th consecutive win in Sunday’s season finale against the Padres, who have not named their starter yet.
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