SAN FRANCISCO -- Jeremy Affeldt offered no excuses after allowing a game-tying home run that led to another disheartening Giants loss.

"I think I just put the ball on a tee, and the guy hit it where he should've hit it," Affeldt said after the Phillies rallied to beat the Giants 5-3 in 10 innings Friday night. "Belt high fastball, middle of the plate. Frustrating that's where it ended up."

The two-run shot by Philadelphia's Cody Asche quickly deflated what looked like a chance to capture a second straight home win, something the Giants haven't done in more than two months.

Giants starter Madison Bumgarner was terrific over seven innings, in which he struck out nine and allowed one run on four hits. Michael Morse hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning to stake the Giants to a 3-0 lead.

After Bumgarner left with a 3-1 advantage, manager Bruce Bochy turned it over to Affeldt, who hadn't allowed a home run all season. He hadn't allowed a homer to a left-handed hitter since April 24, 2011, a streak ended by Asche.

"No question, it's disheartening," Bochy said of the loss. "Bumgarner, what a great job he did. This was a tough one. We've had a lot of them here at home. I wish I could tell you why."

With 41 games left and a 5½-game deficit in the National League West, the Giants understand they can't let this trend continue.

"We're definitely running out of time to keep saying, 'We'll keep grinding it out and get 'em tomorrow,' " Bumgarner said. "But we're not out of time."


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That's because they still sit just a half-game out of the second wild-card position, for now at least.

"All we've got to do is get hot and finish strong and we'll be right in it," Bumgarner said.

That will be tough to do if the Giants keep making some of the mistakes they did Friday. Those include:

  • Gregor Blanco was at third with one out in the sixth inning after pinch-running for Morse. He broke for home on a safety squeeze by Brandon Crawford that went right back to pitcher Cole Hamels, who tagged him out in a rundown.

  • An inning later, Angel Pagan led off the inning with a double, only to be picked off.

  • In the bottom of the eighth, after the Phillies tied the game, third base coach Tim Flannery sent Pablo Sandoval home on a two-out double by Joe Panik and he was thrown out by at least 20 feet.

  • In the top of the 10th, Javier Lopez fielded a bunt and tried to throw out Asche at third. The throw was late, and the Phillies had runners on the corners with no outs. Both of those runners scored.

    "We had our chances to add on. That's what caught up to us," Bochy said. "If you keep the game close like that, anything can happen."

  • Brandon Belt will travel with the Giants to Chicago next week, then depart for Pittsburgh to be examined by concussion specialist Micky Collins.

    "We'll have another evaluation with that and see where he's at," Bochy said. "He's about the same, so we think it's important that we get another look at him, another opinion to see where we're at."

    Belt went back on the seven-day concussion disabled list a week ago after symptoms recurred five games into his return from his initial concussion-related stint on the D.L.

    So now he'll meet with Collins, a noted concussion expert who works with several NFL teams. St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny was treated by Collins when he dealt with concussions that ended his career in 2006 with the Giants.

  • Catcher Hector Sanchez left Thursday's Triple-A rehabilitation game with the Fresno Grizzlies with back spasms that aren't believed to be serious. Bochy expected Sanchez would be able to play Friday, but he wasn't in the starting lineup for the Grizzlies.

  • Hunter Pence was honored before the game as the Giants' winner of the Heart and Hustle Award, which goes to players who "demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and tradition of the game." There are 30 preliminary winners, one from each MLB team, and the overall winner will be announced Nov. 18.

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    Saturday's game
    Philadelphia (Kyle Kendrick 5-11) at Giants (Tim Hudson 8-9), 1:05 p.m. CSNBA