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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Even the hits the San Francisco Giants are getting right now are coming at all the wrong times.
Hunter Pence matched his career-high with five hits and drove in a run in San Francisco’s frustrating 8-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night.
The Giants had 15 hits while the Reds had just 13. But San Francisco was 4 for 16 with runners in scoring position and stranded 15 on base. Adding to the embarrassment, even the chalk that makes up the batter’s box was off-center.
The Giants (46-55) have lost four of their last five and are 7 1/2 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West.
“If you look at the numbers, they’re not all that bad except for the timely hitting,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “That’s what wins ballgames for you.”
Mike Leake (10-4) pitched six-plus innings of wildly effective ball for…
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