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Suarez sharp in second start but Giants fall to Boston in 10
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Suarez sharp in second start but Giants fall to Boston in 10

Published Jun. 8, 2016 3:12 a.m. ET

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) What a game for Albert Suarez to draw for his home debut, in his second major league start no less.

Facing the big-hitting Boston Red Sox hardly seemed to faze San Francisco's 26-year-old rookie.

Suarez pitched into the seventh inning Tuesday night before the Giants lost 5-3 in the 10th, and the right-hander appreciated all the cheers and support from a sellout crowd at AT&T Park - even if his time in the rotation is short-lived once Matt Cain returns from the disabled list.

''The fans here, they're awesome,'' Suarez said. ''You feel more energetic and it gives you more rhythm to come back out and do it again.''


Suarez was lifted for George Kontos after a one-out walk in the seventh of Jackie Bradley Jr., who stole second.

David Ortiz's hitting streak ended at 13 after his tying groundout as a pinch-hitter two batters later.

Xander Bogaerts hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the top of the 10th as the Red Sox snapped San Francisco's five-game home winning streak.

The Red Sox loaded the bases against Santiago Casilla (1-1), who struck out two in a perfect ninth before running into trouble. Bogaerts also had a third-inning RBI single in Boston's first visit to San Francisco in nearly three years.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he hasn't lost any confidence in Casilla, who will rarely be called upon to work two innings.

''The whole game the walks hurt us. The little things catch up with you,'' Bochy said. ''It's a tough game to let get away.''

Junichi Tazawa (1-1) pitched the ninth for the win and Craig Kimbrel closed it out for his 14th save.

Ortiz's high chopper over the pitcher's mound was controlled by shortstop Brandon Crawford, but Chris Young slid under the tag about 15 feet shy of second base as Crawford threw to first trying to double up Big Papi. Bradley scored from third.

Young had an RBI double and has hit safely in each of his last 13 starts for Boston.

Two left-handed aces will face off Wednesday night in the conclusion of this quick two-game set: David Price against Madison Bumgarner.

''I don't think I've faced an opposing pitcher who's had home runs,'' Price said of Bumgarner, who has two.

Boston starter Rick Porcello retired the first six batters in order Tuesday before Jarrett Parker's leadoff homer run in the third.

San Francisco fell to 17-7 at home in interleague play since the start of the 2014 season.


The Giants honored retiring Red Sox star Ortiz in a pregame ceremony and presented him with a commemorative cable car bell. Hall of Famer Willie McCovey and two former Ortiz teammates, Jake Peavy and Javier Lopez, gave him the gift.

''I appreciate the fact they take the time to do things like that,'' Ortiz said, adding of McCovey: ''That was great. He's legendary.''

McCovey has 521 career homers, Ortiz 519.

The 40-year-old Big Papi was relegated to pinch-hit duties for these two games in the NL ballpark as manager John Farrell looks to rest the hitter's legs and feet as much as he has been on the basepaths.

''I don't want to risk losing him,'' Farrell said. ''We've got to be mindful of the wear and tear he's going through as a 40-year-old.''


If asked, Bumgarner would like to compete in the All-Star Home Run Derby next month at San Diego's Petco Park.

''I'll do it for sure,'' he said. ''If they ask me to do it, I'll do it.''

Bochy expressed concern because ''that's a lot of swings'' and the potential for injury to his top pitcher.


A moment of silence was held for late boxing icon, Muhammad Ali, who died Friday night. ''The Greatest'' has visited the club's spring training ballpark at Scottsdale Stadium.


Giants: C Buster Posey sat out a second straight game with an irritated nerve in his right thumb, and he might rest again Wednesday night to have five full days off with Thursday's off day. Posey has caught Bumgarner every game since 2014. ... Bochy had his final wisdom tooth extracted, on the upper right. ''Like my Marlon Brando impression?'' he quipped with gauze in his lip. ... Cain (strained right hamstring) was set to throw to hitters Wednesday while OF Angel Pagan (left hamstring strain) might be ready to begin a rehab assignment by Monday and still is on schedule to be activated at the start of a series in Tampa Bay on June 17.


Red Sox: Price (7-2, 4.88 ERA) is 3-1 with a 2.62 ERA over his last five starts. ''It's still not myself,'' he said.

Giants: The Giants have won on each of the last eight starts by Bumgarner (7-2, 1.91), who has won his last six decisions since an April 20 loss to Arizona.


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