Giants Fall to Padres 3-2 in Series Finale

SAN FRANCISCO — Unlike in 2017, the Giants will not finish behind the rebuilding Padres. They still have trouble with them, though.

The Giants had just one hit through the first six innings and lost 3-2. They dropped two of three in the final matchup between the bottom two teams in the division.

The Giants are off Thursday, but the weekend should be fun. When they return Friday, Madison Bumgarner will try to hurt the Dodgers' chances in the NL West. Earlier Wednesday, the Dodgers fell a half-game behind the Rockies.

Here's what you need to know from the game at AT&T Park ...

—- Aramis Garcia golfed a breaking ball a dozen rows up the bleachers in the seventh. The two-run shot got the Giants within a run, and at the time it was just the second hit of the night. Garcia has four homers this month, and he’s one away from tying Buster Posey. Nobody has improved their stock more over the past three weeks.

—- Abiatal Avelino made a second consecutive start and finally picked up that first MLB hit. He singled to right in the third inning. Bench coach Hensley Meulens pulled the old “throw a different ball in the stands” trick. In the seventh, Avelino singled to left.

—- The Giants started Casey Kelly so that Bumgarner could be pushed back to Friday’s opener against the Dodgers. Kelly gave up two earned over five innings. His big mistake came in the fifth, when he threw away a slow roller, allowing Travis Jankowski to advance to second. Jankowski later scored on a balk.

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