Phillies-Giants Preview

The Associated Press

The scuffling San Francisco Giants are looking for any way to get back on track and avoid watching their playoff hopes fade away.

A chance to face struggling Philadelphia Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick in their own park may give them just the opportunity they need.

The Giants will try to earn just their second win in eight games Saturday and provide a rare bit of run support for Tim Hudson.

San Francisco (63-58) looked like it was heading in the right direction after earning a 7-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday and taking a 3-1 lead into the eighth inning of Friday's opener against the Phillies (54-68).

Instead, the Giants allowed Philadelphia to rally for a 5-3 win in 10 innings. Jeremy Affeldt gave up a tying two-run homer to Cody Asche in the eighth - the first he's allowed in 48 games this season - and Asche scored the go-ahead run when Chase Utley was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

Its 14th loss in 20 games and 23rd in the last 31 home contests kept San Francisco a half-game behind Pittsburgh for the NL's second wild card. The Giants are now 30-32 at AT&T Park after winning 22 of their first 31 games there.

"We keep saying we have to grind it out and go get them tomorrow," pitcher Madison Bumgarner said. "But that's all we can really do. We have to get hot and finish strong."

San Francisco will next face a pitcher who's 1-2 with a 9.18 ERA in his last three road starts. Kendrick (5-11, 4.88 ERA) is also 2-5 with a 6.20 ERA in his last 10 overall outings, and he was charged with six runs, 10 hits and three walks in five innings Sunday before the Phillies rallied for a 7-6 win against the New York Mets.

"I didn't really have command of anything," Kendrick said.

The right-hander hasn't faced San Francisco since giving up seven runs and eight hits in two-plus innings of a 9-2 loss July 31, 2013. He was 1-1 with a 3.72 ERA in his prior three starts against the Giants.

Hudson (8-9, 2.81) faced the Phillies on July 24 and yielded two unearned runs in six innings of a 2-1 loss.

The right-hander has a 2.59 ERA in his last five starts but is 1-3 in that stretch and has dropped three consecutive decisions while getting a combined four runs of support.

He was charged with three runs in six-plus innings of a 5-0 loss in Kansas City last Saturday, with two of those runs coming in the seventh.

"Huddy did a nice job keeping us in the game there, and it just got out of hand there in the seventh," manager Bruce Bochy said.

Hudson is 2-1 with a 1.46 ERA in last four starts against Philadelphia but is 0-4 with a 5.19 ERA in his last four home outings.

Utley has five hits in his last eight at-bats against Hudson, including a home run.

Buster Posey is 4 for 7 lifetime versus Kendrick and Brandon Crawford is 3 for 6 with two doubles in the past three seasons.

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