SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Giants are looking for something, anything, to give them a spark after a second consecutive losing homestand dropped them out of first place in the NL West.
"We're too good to have a homestand like this," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said after watching his team drop a 7-2 decision to the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday, ending a 2-8 run at home. "I don't think anybody saw this coming. We know it's unacceptable."
Since sweeping a series against the New York Mets at home June 6-8, the Giants have won just three of 17 home games.
Tim Lincecum won both games of the homestand, needing a no-hitter and a shutout to secure the wins.
"You'd like to see things turn around quicker than they are," Giants starter Madison Bumgarner said. "We've shown signs. You're going to have adversity every year and you have to keep grinding it out. You can't give in, you keep pushing forward."
Bumgarner (9-6) dropped to 0-3 over his past four home starts after allowing five runs — four earned — on six hits over five innings. He walked three and struck out six.
Whatever could go wrong for the Giants, did go wrong, starting with Peralta's two-run homer in the first inning.
Things got worse in the fourth, when Bumgarner could have escaped without giving up a run if first baseman Adam Duvall hadn't thrown the ball into left field while trying for the first out of a double play on a routine grounder.
Jon Jay followed with an RBI double and Cardinals' starter Carlos Martinez (2-3) hit a two-run single for a 5-1 lead.
"I made a mistake to Peralta in the first inning and that put us in a hole early," Bumgarner said. "It just wasn't happening. I wish I had the answers."
Bumgarner's third-inning single drove in a run for the Giants, who have lost 17 of their past 22 games.
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