A potential momentum-turner became just the opposite for San Francisco in a 5-0 loss to the Miami Marlins on Saturday night.
Marlins manager Mike Redmond requested a review of whether Hicks touched first base in the second inning. The play was overturned in 2 minutes, 42 seconds, and became a putout from the pitcher to first baseman. That left Hector Sanchez on third base with two outs, and Brandon Crawford ended the inning on a deep fly to center.
Giants coach Shawon Dunston, who works the replay room in the clubhouse, said the right call was made - though Hicks thought he glanced the bag. He didn’t plan to watch the replay, ready to move on from the mistake.
“The umpires were right,” Dunston said. “He didn’t touch it. They got it right.”
Giancarlo Stanton homered and tripled to back Tom Koehler (4-3) in his first road win. He struck out seven in seven innings to finally win in five tries away from South Florida after coming into his outing 0-3 on the road to start the year. He allowed four hits and walked two in his first road victory since Sept. 22, at Washington.
Garrett Jones hit an RBI triple, Jarrod Saltalamacchia had a sacrifice fly and Adeiny Hechavarria singled in a run for Miami. The Marlins improved to 11-2 at AT&T; Park since 2011.
Tim Lincecum (3-3), coming off his best start of the year with an 11-strikeout performance in a season-high 7 2-3 innings to beat Atlanta on Monday, never found his groove.
On a night thousands in the sellout crowd donned orange giveaway Fedoras, the Giants were handed consecutive home losses for just the second time all year and first since April 9-10 against Arizona.
San Francisco figures it missed a scoring opportunity in the second via a replay review.
“We’ve been on the good side of those calls, too. That’s just the name of the game now,” Lincecum said. “I was battling every inning. I don’t think I had a clean inning except for the first.”
Stanton, whose career-high 17-game hitting streak ended with an 0 for 5 on Friday, hit a two-out triple in the third - his first since Sept. 15, 2012, off Cincinnati’s Johnny Cueto. Stanton hit his 12th homer in the seventh.
Kevin Slowey, Miami’s third pitcher, got into trouble in the ninth and Steve Cishek entered to finish the six-hit shutout with his ninth save. San Francisco went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position and left nine on base.
“I’ve said this many times, when you don’t hit and score runs, you look flat,” Bochy said. “That was the game. We couldn’t knock in runs.”