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Bochy has confidence in Machi despite hiccup

Bochy has confidence in Machi despite hiccup

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ST. PETERSBURG -- About 12 hours after the Giants' 2-1, 10-inning loss Saturday night to the Tampa Bay Rays, manager Bruce Bochy was still nonplussed over reliever Jean Machi's unusually poor control.

With the score tied, 1-1, Machi walked the bases loaded in the 10th before Wil Myers lined a walk-off single. Entering Saturday, Machi had walked only five batters in 34 innings.

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"He was just flying open and couldn't get back on track," Bochy said Sunday, referring to a flaw in Machi's delivery that caused his front shoulder to turn too quickly.

Though Machi has thrived at times this year, opponents are batting .366 (15-for-41) off him with runners in scoring position. He has allowed eight of 23 inherited runners to score -- a 34.8 percentage that is the highest among Giants relievers.

Bochy maintained faith in Machi. "I'm a Machi guy," he said. "He's got great equipment, he throws three different pitches and he fields his position well."

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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