SF Giants’ lineup doesn’t get it done in loss to Red Sox

The Red Sox used three pitchers compared to five for the Giants, but the story was the hitting.

A night after getting shut out, San Francisco mustered one hit after the fourth inning and five overall in a 6-2 loss. Many of the Giants’ at-bats were competitive and produced hard-hit balls, but not enough found grass. San Francisco registered the three best exit velocities of the night, but didn’t get much to show for it.

The Giants (14-17) are 5-10 on the road this year and could get swept at Fenway Park on Thursday.

“There was some good swings today, really the past couple of games,” manager Bob Melvin told reporters postgame. “It’s frustrating — it’s about results, and we’re not getting the results yet.”

“We’re just not stringing enough together to put pressure on teams,” Melvin added. “We either go down quickly, or we’re behind in counts, and we’re just not getting in good counts to hit.”

For his first home run as a Giant, Tom Murphy scaled the Green Monster with a lined shot off a hanging slider. Murphy’s 407-foot solo shot left his bat at 106.4 mph.

The Giants signed the veteran catcher as an offense-first complement to starter Patrick Bailey. But before Wednesday, he was hitting .074 in 10 games — one of many Giants who had a slow April.

Murphy’s sudden strike broke an early scoreless stalemate, as Red Sox starter Kutter Crawford entered the evening with an American League-leading 1.35 ERA and looked the part. Former Giants pitching coach Andrew Bailey has done tremendous work with Crawford and the rest of Boston’s staff.

The Giants have struggled in Blake Snell’s spot in the rotation — either with the reigning National League Cy Young winner on the mound or with an alternative in place.

“On this particular turn, it hasn’t been good,” Melvin said. “If we win half those games, it’s a little different at this point. But the fact of the matter is, this turn in the rotation has been a tough one.”

In Fenway Park, San Francisco deployed the opener strategy, starting left-hander Erik Miller against the lefty-heavy top of Boston’s lineup. The Giants considered calling up Mason Black, who has a minuscule ERA in Triple-A but instead recalled Daulton Jeffries to be the bulk arm.

Miller worked around consecutive walks for a scoreless first inning. Jeffries walked the leadoff man in the second but also escaped with a scoreless frame.

But when Jeffries allowed an infield single to start the third inning, the Red Sox had their third leadoff man on in as many innings. They were due to cash in.

Jeffries was victimized by the Monster on a Rafael Devers double that was lofted off the wall with a .010 expected batting average. But Devers’ moonball scored one of two Boston runs in the third, putting San Francisco behind 2-1.

A cheeky two-out bunt from Mike Yastrzemski with runners on second and third knotted the score in the fourth. Playing at Fenway Park, where his grandfather became an inner-circle Hall of Famer, is always special for the outfielder, as is his baseball I.Q.

But Boston answered immediately, again putting the leadoff man on against Jeffries and again using the Monster to drive him in. Then a stand-up triple from Jarren Duran made it 4-2.

The Giants offense needs all the help it can get, and it got little in Boston. Jung Hoo Lee’s lineout in the fifth would have left 14 of 30 ballparks. Right after that loud out, Jorge Soler snapped his bat over his leg in frustration because his 110.7 mph drive landed right in Devers’ glove.

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