Giants silenced by Rockies but hold Wild Card ground

Giants silenced by Rockies but hold Wild Card ground

SAN FRANCISCO -- After the Reds held off a late Cardinals rally Wednesday night, the Giants were in prime position to extend their lead on St. Louis in the National League Wild Card standings. But Tyler Chatwood had other plans.

The Rockies' right-hander threw eight scoreless innings and Nolan Arenado knocked in the go-ahead run in the fourth as Colorado outlasted San Francisco, 2-0, at AT&T Park. The Giants' loss coupled with a Mets win moved the club 1 1/ 2 games behind New York for first place in the NL Wild Card race. San Francisco remained a full game in front of St. Louis, in the lead for the second spot.

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Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page.

Justin Wise is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area.

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Shark hopes to patrol the postseason waters

Shark hopes to patrol the postseason waters

SAN FRANCISCO -- Jeff Samardzija is eager to make at least one more start. However, he has no idea whether his next outing will occur in a languid Cactus League exhibition next March or an intense postseason showdown next week.

Such is the uncertainty regarding the Giants' season, which returned to the doldrums with Wednesday night's 2-0 loss to the Colorado Rockies. Samardzija struck out a season-high 11, but San Francisco's offense returned to somnolence for the right-hander, who has been backed by two runs or fewer in 10 of his 14 starts since the All-Star break.

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Nunez questionable for final series

Nunez questionable for final series

SAN FRANCISCO -- Despite an MRI exam confirming that Eduardo Nunez pulled his right hamstring, Giants manager Bruce Bochy appeared hopeful about his third baseman's status on Tuesday, stating that Nunez could be back in the starting lineup for the club's final series of the season, a three-game set against the Dodgers starting on Friday.

But the manager wasn't as optimistic before the Giants' matchup with the Rockies on Wednesday.

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Anthony Castrovince

Tiebreaker scenarios for Wild Card berths

As the 2016 season winds down the six divisions are pretty much decided. However, the two Wild Card races are completely up in the air, and there is a good chance we end up seeing at least one tiebreaker game played on Monday, Oct. 3.

With that in mind, here is a breakdown of the likeliest tiebreaker scenarios for the American and National League Wild Cards.

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cueto returns as Giants' postseason push continues

Cueto returns as Giants' postseason push continues

When Johnny Cueto sustained a left groin strain on Sept. 20, it seemed like the Giants may have been dealt a major blow to their postseason chances. Luckily, the injury proved to be a minor setback, and the right-hander will return to the mound for Thursday's series finale with the Rockies at AT&T Park.

Cueto is 2-0 with a 0.77 ERA in three starts against Colorado this season. He'll look to continue that dominance as the Giants pursue a National League Wild Card berth.

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Justin Wise is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants back Moore to maintain Wild Card position

Giants back Moore to maintain Wild Card position

SAN FRANCISCO -- Buster Posey and Hunter Pence hit solo homers as part of an offensive onslaught and Matt Moore was almost untouchable on the mound, as the Giants kept pace in the National League Wild Card race with a 12-3 win over the Rockies on Tuesday night.

After allowing six runs in one-plus inning in his previous outing against the Dodgers, Moore showcased why the Giants acquired him before the non-waiver Trade Deadline. Taking the ball to open San Francisco's final homestand of the season, the left-hander surrendered one run in 7 2/3 innings while matching a career high with 11 strikeouts.

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Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page.

Justin Wise is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area.

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Offense comes up big in Giants' win vs. Rockies

Offense comes up big in Giants' win vs. Rockies

SAN FRANCISCO -- Take one glance at the box score from the Giants' 12-3 win over the Rockies on Tuesday night and it's easy to identify how a breakout performance like that occurs.

The heart of the club's batting order was productive. The two-through-five hitters combined for 11 hits and seven RBIs, setting the stage for the club's best offensive performance of September.

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Giants get infielder Beckham from Braves

Minor League SS Rodriguez goes to Atlanta; Williamson put on 60-day DL

Giants get infielder Beckham from Braves

SAN FRANCISCO -- With third baseman Eduardo Nunez hobbled by a strained right hamstring, the Giants acquired infielder Gordon Beckham from the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday.

The Braves received Minor League shortstop Rich Rodriguez in return. The Giants also promoted catcher Tony Sanchez to the Major League roster. They designated Matt Reynolds for assignment and placed Mac Williamson on the 60-day disabled list (strained left quad) in corresponding roster moves.

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Padres' comeback hurts Giants' playoff standing

Padres' comeback hurts Giants' playoff standing

SAN DIEGO -- The Giants still can qualify for the postseason, though their 4-3 loss Sunday to the San Diego Padres captured many of their second-half woes.

San Francisco generated a fraction of the offense it produced Saturday, when the club amassed nine runs and 12 hits. This time, the Giants mustered seven hits and scored only in the third inning.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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Giants saddened by Fernandez's passing

Giants saddened by Fernandez's passing

SAN DIEGO -- The Giants' reaction to Sunday's death of Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez reflected how people within organized baseball empathize and identify with one another, though they might not know each other well.

None of the three Giants approached about Fernandez -- manager Bruce Bochy, catcher Buster Posey and left-hander Madison Bumgarner -- had much contact with Fernandez except for crossing paths in the 2013 or 2016 All-Star Games. Bochy selected Fernandez for the 2013 game. Posey caught him in both Midsummer Classics. Bumgarner joined Fernandez on this year's NL All-Star pitching staff.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants rebound in 10th to gain Wild Card tie

Giants rebound in 10th to gain Wild Card tie

SAN DIEGO -- The Giants won a game in which Madison Bumgarner allowed three home runs and the bullpen blew a save.

However, San Francisco did enough things right to claim a 9-6 victory and a share of the lead in the National League's crowded Wild Card race Saturday, as Denard Span's two-run homer punctuated a three-run, tiebreaking outburst in the 10th inning.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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Nunez picks up Posey with hustle, great grab

Nunez picks up Posey with hustle, great grab

SAN DIEGO -- Eduardo Nunez proved that his speed can help the Giants defensively, too, as he made a startling and spectacular play Saturday to record an out that briefly appeared elusive.

Leading off San Diego's half of the third inning in San Francisco's 9-6, 10-inning victory, Carlos Asuaje lifted a foul popup behind home plate. Giants catcher Buster Posey couldn't locate the ball, which all but disappeared against the gray early-evening sky.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants fall behind Mets in Wild Card with loss to Padres

Giants fall behind Mets in Wild Card with loss to Padres

SAN DIEGO -- While interested observers were dwelling on the San Francisco Giants' faulty relief pitching, their offense was starting to go bad. Now it's downright sour, as Friday night's 7-2 loss to the San Diego Padres demonstrated.

Facing erratic right-hander Edwin Jackson, who at times possesses superlative stuff yet entered the game with a 6.00 ERA in 19 appearances, the Giants mustered four hits and both of their runs off him in six innings. San Francisco has scored 12 runs in its past seven games and ranks last in the National League with 23 runs in September.

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Carlos Collazo is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. Follow him on Twitter @CarlosACollazo.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fifth inning goes awry for Reynolds, Giants

Fifth inning goes awry for Reynolds, Giants

SAN DIEGO -- To say that Friday night's fifth inning didn't proceed as planned for the Giants was an understatement.

They scored twice in the top of the inning to shave the difference to one run. Then came the Padres' half of the fifth, which didn't end until they scored four runs to seal their 7-2 triumph over San Francisco.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants top Padres, maintain hold on WC spot

Giants top Padres, maintain hold on WC spot

SAN DIEGO -- The Giants finally benefited from those lucky breaks they've claimed to be missing in recent weeks, as Angel Pagan's eighth-inning bloop single broke a scoreless tie Thursday and propelled San Francisco to a 2-1 victory over the Padres at Petco Park.

The win moved the Giants one-half game ahead of the idle Cardinals and kept them tied with the Mets in the National League Wild Card spots. San Francisco and New York -- which beat Philadelphia in 11 innings Thursday -- are both 81-72 with nine regular-season games left to play.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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'Consistent' Samardzija gives Giants big outing

'Consistent' Samardzija gives Giants big outing

SAN DIEGO -- The power of Jeff Samardzija's pitching Thursday night created the distinct impression that he could have lasted into the 10th inning or beyond against the Padres.

Of course, working overtime was unnecessary for Samardzija and the rest of the Giants, who mustered a pair of eighth-inning runs and made them stand up in a 2-1 triumph over San Diego at Petco Park that kept San Francisco in possession of a National League Wild Card spot.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants miss big Wild Card opportunity in LA

Giants miss big Wild Card opportunity in LA

LOS ANGELES -- Presented with a chance to regain some of their long-lost momentum, the Giants reacted as they have done with virtually every opportunity in recent weeks. They couldn't capitalize.

San Francisco took the field Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium knowing that the Mets and Cardinals, their rivals in the National League Wild Card competition, already had lost. A victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers would put the Giants back on top of the NL Wild Card standings. But instead of delivering an aggressive response, San Francisco offered only an ineffectual retreat in the form of a 9-3 loss.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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Moore's early exit provides unique opportunity

Moore's early exit provides unique opportunity

LOS ANGELES -- The 9-3 spanking that the Giants received from the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night became a glamorized side session for the leading candidates to replace Johnny Cueto as Sunday's starter at San Diego.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy emphasized that Cueto, who sustained a strained left groin in Tuesday night's game, hasn't been ruled out from taking his regular turn.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bochy drops in on Dodgers legend Scully

Bochy drops in on Dodgers legend Scully

LOS ANGELES -- Before leaving town, Giants manager Bruce Bochy made sure to deliver a heartfelt, respectful farewell to Vin Scully, the legendary Dodgers broadcaster who's retiring at the end of the regular season.

Bochy fondly reminisced about the many times Scully stopped by his office in the visitors' clubhouse. This time, Bochy said he felt "humbled" to return the favor and "honored" to set foot in Scully's booth -- "to see where he does his magic."

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A bullpen mix-up resulted in a frustrated Bruce Bochy

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A bullpen mix-up resulted in a frustrated Bruce Bochy

You'll have to forgive Bruce Bochy if it appeared as though he lost his sense of humor for a moment. With the Giants clinging to a 1-0 lead over the Dodgers in the sixth inning on Tuesday night, one of Bochy's best starting pitchers, Johnny Cueto, left the game with a groin injury. Given that the Giants are currently in a dramatic three-way race for the two NL Wild Card spots, the early departure of Cueto was obviously an unwelcome development.

After the injury, Bochy went to the mound to call for Cueto's replacement and right-handed reliever George Kontos trotted out from the bullpen. We've seen that scene play out a million times. Manager makes a call to the bullpen; reliever trots in; manager hands him the ball; baseball is played. Except this time we were treated to this instead:

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Giants' win forges Wild Card tie

Giants' win forges Wild Card tie

LOS ANGELES -- The San Francisco Giants picked on their longtime nemesis Tuesday night and, in doing so, picked up a couple of fresh rivals.

The Giants' 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers left them tied with the Mets in the competition for the National League's two Wild Card postseason spots. Each possess an 80-71 records, with the Cardinals, who lost to the Rockies, 11-1, on Wednesday afternoon, a half-game back. In the NL West race, San Francisco kept pace with first-place Los Angeles, whose magic number remained at seven, as Eduardo Nunez homered following a crew-chief review in the fifth inning and Brandon Belt went deep in the ninth. Sergio Romo pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his first save of the season.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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Giants don't elaborate on Bumgarner's exit

Giants don't elaborate on Bumgarner's exit

LOS ANGELES -- One day after Giants manager Bruce Bochy removed Madison Bumgarner from Monday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, the timing of the left-hander's exit remained mysterious.

Bochy entrusted the game to the bullpen -- which allowed the tying and winning runs in the ninth inning of a 2-1 Dodgers victory -- after Bumgarner allowed one hit, Yasiel Puig's second-inning double, in seven innings. Bumgarner also walked none and struck out 10.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

This photo of the Giants' bullpen is MLB's new meme

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This photo of the Giants' bullpen is MLB's new meme

The Giants and Dodgers got into a little scuffle in the seventh inning of Los Angeles' 2-1 walk-off win on Monday:

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Walk-off loss drops Giants into tie for 2nd Wild Card

Walk-off loss drops Giants into tie for 2nd Wild Card

LOS ANGELES -- The scene changed but the result remained the same for the San Francisco Giants, who squandered another ninth-inning lead as the Los Angeles Dodgers prevailed Monday night, 2-1, on Adrian Gonzalez's walk-off double.

The outcome lengthened the Dodgers' National League West lead over the second-place Giants to six games. San Francisco remained a game behind the Mets and fell into a tie with St. Louis for second place in the Wild Card standings.

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Bumgarner does his part with stellar start

Bumgarner does his part with stellar start

LOS ANGELES -- Unlike the Giants' bullpen, Madison Bumgarner experienced little trouble recording outs Monday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Yet nobody offered a clear explanation for Bumgarner's removal after he sustained a seven-inning one-hitter and eclipsed Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw in San Francisco's 2-1 loss.

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Feud between Bumgarner, Puig flares again

Benches clear after Giants pitcher takes exception to Dodgers outfielder

Feud between Bumgarner, Puig flares again

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig and Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner resumed their hostilities Monday night, prompting both benches and bullpens to empty by jawing at each other in a seventh-inning confrontation of Los Angeles' 2-1 walk-off win.

It all began when Puig, who doubled in the second inning for the lone hit off Bumgarner, tapped a comebacker. Bumgarner fielded the ball between the mound and first base and threw to Brandon Belt for the out.

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Statcast of the Day: Nunez's speed aids Giants

Statcast of the Day: Nunez's speed aids Giants

Monday night's matchup between the Giants and Dodgers featured two of planet Earth's best pitchers in one of the most pitcher-friendly parks in the Majors. So, any baseball fan would expect runs to be hard to come by and they were in the Dodgers' 2-1 win.

Aces Clayton Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner had put up dueling zeros in the first two frames at Dodger Stadium, and Kershaw had retired the first two Giants in the top of the third when Eduardo Nunez strode to the plate. Nunez has been battling a sore back in recent days, and could be seen trying to loosen up before he dug in to the batter's box. But on an 0-1 count, Nunez hit a dribbler just past Kershaw's glove and on to second baseman Chase Utley.

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Vin Scully's call of the Bumgarner-Puig incident

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Vin Scully's call of the Bumgarner-Puig incident

On Monday night, the Giants and Dodgers opened up a crucial three-game set in Los Angeles. As expected, the game definitely lived up to the hype, Madison Bumgarner and Clayton Kershaw dueling until the Dodgers pulled out a come-from-behind 2-1 win that wasn't without some Major League drama.

In the seventh inning, an exchange between Bumgarner and Yasiel Puig led to a benches-clearing incident around the first-base bag. Remember, it's September and emotions are high. Postseason positions are at stake, after all. 

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