Two-run eighth inning does in Giants, 4-2

photo from sfgate.com: Miami Marlins’ Miguel Rojas (19) is safe at home as San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey, left, can’t make the tag in time during the eighth inning of a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in San Francisco.

By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO — After losing the lead just an inning prior, the Miami Marlins put the game away in the next inning.

Miguel Rojas doubled in pinch runner Magneuris Sierra in the top of the eighth inning, give the Marlins a 4-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants before a crowd of 38,663 at Oracle Park.

It was the fifth game-winning RBI by Rojas on the season, which is tied for the second most on the team

Lewis Brinson then added a single to score Brinson with a huge insurance run that gave the Marlins a two-run lead.

Starlin Castro singled right before Jorge Alfaro hit his 15th home run of the season into the left-center field bleachers, a two-run blast that was measured at 473 feet that gave the Marlins a 2-0 lead in the top of the seventh inning.

The Alfaro home run broke a 20-inning scoreless streak by the Marlins.

Castro extended his road hitting streak up to nine games, when he reached on the single prior to the Alfaro home run.

During the streak, Castro is 16-for-35, a .457 clip with four doubles, three home runs and nine runs batted in.

Robert Dugger, who left the game with a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the seventh inning, after Alfaro hit the two-run home run. Dugger went 6.1 innings, allowing two runs on five hits, walking two and striking out three.

Dugger was in line for his first major league win, but Brian Moran gave up a two-run pinch-hit triple to Donovan Solano with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning that tied up the game.

After Buster Posey flew out to lead off the inning, Brandon Crawford singled, then Mauricio Dubon doubled Crawford to third and then Solano tripled into the right-center field alley to tie up the game.

Solanos pinch-hit was the Giants 44th pinch-hit of the season, the most by the team since they picked 46 pinch-hits in the 2001 season.

Madison Bumgarner was in line for the loss, but then Solano tied up the game and he ended up with a no-decision. Bumgarner went seven innings, allowing two runs, while scattering four hits, not a walking a batter and striking out three.

This was the 10th no-decision of the season for Bumgarner, the most by a Giants pitcher since Atlee Hammaker in 1985 and Mike Krukow in 1987, who also had 10 no-decisions.

Brandon Belt went 1-for-3, as he reached base for the 25th consecutive game, tying former teammate Joe Panik for the longest active streak in the majors against the Marlins.

NOTES: Mike Gerber was recalled from the PCL Champion Sacramento Rivercats and Cristhian Adames was selected by the Giants from the Rivercats, and Corban Joseph was designated for assignment.

Adames became the 63rd player to get into a game for the Giants this season, tying the 2018 Toronto Blue Jays for the third most players used in a season in major league history.

UP NEXT: Johnny Cueto will make his second start of the season on Sunday, as the Giants close out the home stand before heading out a two-city, six-game road trip that begins on Tuesday night at Fenway Park against the Boston Red Sox. The Marlins will send Elieser Hernandez to the mound, as the season series comes to an end and the Marlins then head to the desert to face the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field, beginning on Monday night.

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