- Associated Press - Friday, July 18, 2014

MIAMI (AP) - The Miami Marlins’ Nathan Eovaldi pitched so badly Friday that his career ERA of 12.27 against the San Francisco Giants went up.

Eovaldi allowed a season-high eight runs in his shortest outing of the year, lasting just four-plus innings, and the Marlins lost 9-1.

The awful outing hiked the right-hander’s ERA against the Giants to 13.30 in five starts.

Eovaldi (5-5) has had particular trouble with Pablo Sandoval, who hit a three-run homer. Sandoval improved to 8 for 11 lifetime against Eovaldi with nine RBIs.

Why do Sandoval and the Giants give Eovaldi such fits?

“I have no idea,” he said. “I wish I knew. I really don’t know.”

Marlins manager Mike Redmond is scratching his head, too.

“They’ve been able to hit his fastball,” Redmond said. “They take advantage of any mistake that he seems to make. I don’t know if they’ve got something on him, but they’ve been able to do quite a bit of damage.”

Coming out of the All-Star break, it was more of the same for the Marlins. They’ve lost five games in a row and 21 of their past 31, and they’re seven games under .500 for the first time.

“It wasn’t what we had drawn up coming back from the break,” third baseman Casey McGehee said. “We need to pick it up really quick.”

The Giants are hitting again, which is why they’re back in first place in the NL West. They totaled 13 hits, and All-Star Madison Bumgarner (11-7) took advantage of the support, allowing one run in six innings.

“Good to see everybody playing like that,” Bumgarner said. “I guess everybody had a good All-Star break.”

The Giants began the night averaging less than three runs per game in July, worst in the majors, but they’ve totaled 17 runs in their past two games. Those wins came after an 11-22 stretch that cost them first place.

“This is who we were the first 60-plus games,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “Then we turned into a different team.”

San Francisco led 9-0 before Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton hit his 22nd home run, most in the NL. His drive passed the home-run sculpture and caromed off the backdrop beyond the center-field wall.

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