RICK EYMER, Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Just about everything went wrong for the Giants’ bullpen Monday night, and not only because San Francisco coughed up a couple of late leads.READ MORE: Michigan Matters: Pistons’ Rob Murphy on Helping His Hometown
George Kontos, one of the most consistent relief pitchers on the staff, will go on the disabled list with a flexor sprain.
It was bad enough that Hunter Strickland and closer Santiago Casilla were both charged with a blown save as San Francisco lost 9-7 to the Arizona Diamondbacks in 11 innings. Not having Kontos available made for a short-handed relief corps.
“It’s been bothering him so we did some tests and sure enough, the sprain came up,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “That hurt us tonight. We could have used him.”
San Francisco will announce a corresponding roster move before Tuesday’s game.
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Jake Lamb hit a tying homer with two outs in the ninth inning and doubled home an insurance run in the 11th to rally the Diamondbacks.
Phil Gosselin scored on Jean Segura’s go-ahead infield single with two outs in the 11th. Two innings earlier, Lamb homered to right field off Casilla.
“I missed my location and he got the ball up,” Casilla said.
The Giants were in good shape even after Strickland squandered a two-run lead in the eighth. Denard Span tripled to open the bottom half and scored on a wild pitch to put San Francisco up 7-6.
Casilla quickly got two outs in the ninth and was ahead of Lamb before he sent a 2-2 pitch soaring over the right-field wall.
“We came back and took the lead, but it’s tough when you’re one pitch away from a win,” Bochy said.
Segura and Lamb had three hits apiece. Welington Castillo homered and drove in two runs for Arizona in a game that took 4 hours, 35 minutes, and ended at 11:51 p.m. on the West Coast.
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Brad Ziegler pitched the 11th for his third save this season and 31st consecutive overall — an ongoing franchise record. With two runners on, he got Brandon Crawford to hit into a game-ending double play.
“Like (general manager Dave Stewart) said when he came in, if you’re going to play that long you better win,” Arizona manager Chip Hale said. “It was exciting. Guys were into it in the dugout. Great game.”
Gosselin reached on a leadoff single against Chris Heston (1-1) in the 11th. Gosselin was sacrificed to second and went to third on a wild pitch before Segura hit a high chopper that bounced just under the glove of second baseman Joe Panik behind the mound.
Panik homered off Diamondbacks starter Archie Bradley, and Angel Pagan had three hits and two RBIs for the Giants.
San Francisco starter Jake Peavy had a better day at the plate than he did on the mound. The 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner gave up four runs over five innings but scored on a wild pitch and drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk in the fifth.
Bradley walked four and gave up five runs over 4 1/3 innings in his season debut.
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Slumping 3B Matt Duffy was held out of the Giants’ starting lineup but came in as a defensive replacement in the eighth.
Giants INF Ehire Adrianza (broken foot) is being fitted for a cast and will be restricted from baseball activities for five to six weeks. … Roberto Kelly was back in his normal spot coaching third base for the Giants after leaving Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers when he got hit by an errant throw between innings. This is Kelly’s first season coaching third for San Francisco after seven years as the team’s first base coach. “He says he feels pretty good, still feels it a little bit,” Bochy said. “A lot of times you get hit in the head and you get a concussion, nausea, throw up. But he had a pretty good night last night. He says he’s fine.”
Diamondbacks: LHP Robbie Ray (0-1) has allowed four earned runs over 12 1/3 innings and takes a 2.92 ERA into Tuesday’s start against San Francisco.
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