NEW YORK (AP) — Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford earned his first Gold Glove last season, enhancing his reputation as a guy with a rocket arm.
He had been pretty sharp in the field this year, too — until Friday night.
Crawford made three errors for the first time in his career, all on throws. His wild toss in the eighth inning let the go-ahead run score and sent San Francisco to its season-worst sixth straight loss, 3-2 to the New York Yankees.
“Three errors? Nah, it’s not happened before,” Crawford said.
“Just three kind of weird plays, all different kind of throws that happened to get away from me,” he said.
The Giants held the best record in the majors at the All-Star break, but haven’t won since. The NL West leaders also lost catcher Buster Posey, who fouled a ball off his right foot and left with a bruise. X-rays were negative and he was listed as day to day.
“I’m just sore right now. We’ll have to see tomorrow,” he said.
Giants ace Madison Bumgarner gave up two runs in seven innings. Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka pitched six shutout innings, allowing four hits.
The Giants nicked Dellin Betances in the seventh, pulling within 2-1 on a walk, a double by Denard Span and a wild pitch. That ended a streak of 31 scoreless innings by Yankees relievers.
A double by Giants pinch-hitter Mac Williamson off Andrew Miller (6-1) tied it in the eighth. Aroldis Chapman closed in the ninth for his 20th save in 21 chances, working around a leadoff double.
“We hit a couple of balls hard, but we didn’t get a break,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “And that’s the way it goes. When you’re in winning streaks, everything goes right. Right now, it’s not going well for us. But still, you make your breaks. We’ve got to tighten up and play crisper ball.”
The Giants made four errors overall, helping the Yankees win for the fifth time in six games.
Chase Headley opened the eighth with a swinging bunt for a single off Josh Osich (1-2) and Mark Teixeira walked.
Austin Romine followed with a grounder to Crawford, who tagged second, spun around and made a hard, high throw that glanced off the glove of first baseman Brandon Belt. Headley kept running and beat Belt’s throw home.
Crawford made a poor throw home on a relay in the first inning. In the seventh, his throw to first on Carlos Beltran’s single sailed into the camera well.
“The first one, I don’t know if I caught it two-seam or something, but it took off, got out of my hand,” Crawford said. “The next one took kind of a long hop, which I didn’t see happening on Beltran’s ball. Kind of had to sit back a little bit and then he was down the line, so I had to put a little extra on the throw and threw it a little too high.”
The misfire in the eighth was the most damaging.
“And the last one, I don’t know really what other play I had. I felt most comfortable taking it myself, and I think my only other option would have been a glove flip,” he said. “I thought, worst-case scenario, we probably would’ve had guys on first and third and one out. Throw got up a little bit. I guess Belt kind of lost it also. He said so. That didn’t help. Hopefully, it doesn’t happen again.”
A spirited crowd of 45,304 also included lots of Giants fans, and the rival rooters spent much of the game loudly cheering, often at the same time. There was a truce when a marriage proposal was shown on the scoreboard in-between innings — he wore a Giants hat, she wore a Yankees cap and said yes to a ring.
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Starlin Castro hit an RBI double in the first inning and later singled twice against Bumgarner. Castro is 14 for 27 (.519) lifetime off the star lefty.
“That’s what I was wondering. Has he hit me before like that?” Bumgarner said.
“That’s pretty good. Not a whole lot sticks out, but he swung the bat tonight, for sure,” he said. “I’m not a big video guy, so I don’t watch any of that. I just try to read the game and adjust to it appropriately.”
Giants: OF Hunter Pence (hamstring) and INF Joe Panik (concussion) didn’t start for Triple-A Sacramento.
Giants: RHP Jeff Samardzija (9-5, 4.05) walked a season-high four in his last start vs. San Diego. He is 0-1 with a 6.92 ERA in three career games against the Yankees.
Yankees: RHP Ivan Nova (7-5, 4.92) pitched a shutout in 2013 in his only career start vs. the Giants.