SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — No no-no this time for Chris Heston.
Heston lasted five just innings in his first start coming off a no-hitter, and the San Francisco Giants lost 4-0 to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.
“Chris threw all right,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “He worked hard. He made more mistakes than normal but that was a good enough effort to keep us in the game.”
Heston pitched his gem against the New York Mets on Tuesday in his 13th major league start. His shot at matching Johnny Vander Meer’s record of throwing consecutives no-hitters in 1938 ended with one out in the second when Jake Lamb doubled. The rookie right-hander gave up three runs — two earned — and seven hits. He walked four and struck out two.
Heston (6-5) had won four of his previous five decisions.
“I wasn’t being aggressive in the strike zone and that caused my pitch count to go up,” he said. “The strike zone got away from me for a little while.”
Bochy used a makeshift lineup and still had confidence in his team’s ability to produce, but it didn’t happen. Pinch-hitter Buster Posey grounded into a double play with the bases loaded to end the game, the fifth twin killing of the game.
Posey and Angel Pagan were both out of the starting lineup, and Matt Duffy sat to give Casey McGehee his first start since being recalled.
“We have good hitters in the middle of the order,” Bochy said. “I had no problem with (Brandon) Belt or (Brandon) Crawford. We had guys who needed a break.”
Joe Panik doubled and Belt singled to start the ninth, chasing Rubby De La Rosa. Former starter Daniel Hudson entered and struck out Crawford and walked McGehee to load the bases and set the stage for Posey.
“He’s a dangerous hitter and I just tried to make quality pitches,” Hudson said. “I just wanted to get him out, minimize the damage.”
The Giants hit into three double plays with a runner on third. Crawford, in his first start as a cleanup hitter, had two hits for the Giants.
“This was one of our ugliest games,” Bochy said. “The double plays, the errors; it was not pretty. When you’re in a little funk like we are, pitchers seem to look a lot tougher.”
The Diamondbacks won six of their first seven games at AT&T Park and are not due to return until the middle of September. They have a 7-3 overall series lead.
The Giants lost their fourth straight overall and have lost eight in a row at home for the first time since 1993.
The last time the Giants committed three errors and grounded into five double plays in the same game, they were playing in the Polo Grounds and Hall of Famer Carl Hubbell won. It happened May 4, 1937, against the Cincinnati Reds.
PARKER’S BIG HIT:
Jarrett Parker singled leading off the fifth inning, his first major-league hit. “It’s a pretty good feeling,” he said. “When 41,000 fans stood up and clapped, it hit me for a second. That was a good feeling.”
His parents, Gregory and Deborah, were in the stands for the game, having flown from Washington D.C. to watch him make his major league debut Saturday.
“I’m sure they were more excited than I was,” Parker said. “Once I got to first, I was focused on getting the run in.”
Diamondbacks: Left-hander Patrick Corbin, recovering from Tommy John surgery last year, saw his first action Sunday with Double-A Mobile. He needed just six pitches to get through the first inning and threw 4 2-3 innings overall.
Giants: Blanco continues to feel the effects of a concussion and may not be ready to play when he is eligible Tuesday.
Diamondbacks: LHP Robbie Ray (1-1, 1.53) starts Monday night against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim. His last start was in Los Angeles against the Dodgers, a loss.
Giants: RHP Tim Hudson (4-5, 4.60) makes the start when the Seattle Mariners come to town for a game Monday night. Hudson has a 13-6 record with a 3.17 ERA in 24 starts against the Mariners.