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