BY RICK PORCARO
The Giants squandered two leads and a quality start from Madison Bumgarner, falling to the Atlanta Braves 5-4 in 13 innings Thursday afternoon at Oracle Park.
Bumgarner would pitch six innings, allowing two runs while striking out six, but couldn’t hold on to a 2-0 lead the Giants staked him to in the second as the Braves rallied on three separate occasions to win for the third time in the four game series.
Rookie phenom Austin Riley’s 13th inning single off of Reyes Moronta drove in Darby Swanson to provide Atlanta the winning margin, giving him a three RBI game against the Giants for the second time in less than 24 hours.
Tyler Austin’s 425 foot pinch hit homer to deep center gave San Francisco a 4-2 lead in the seventh, but Atlanta quickly came back to tie the game a half inning later on a two run blast by Riley. Nine games into a Major League career that began just last week, Riley has already launched five long balls with 12 RBI’s to go along with a .389 batting average.
The Giants return to action Friday night for the start of a three game series with the Arizona DiamondBacks. Drew Pomeranz (1-4, 5.66) faces Arizona’s Robbie Ray (3-1, 3.25) in the opener.