SAN FRANCISCO — The Diamondbacks set a major-league record with their 23rd straight road loss, getting trounced by the Giants 10-3 Thursday.
The dejected D’backs trudged off the field and quietly made their way back to Oracle Park’s visiting clubhouse following the final out, breaking a tie with the 1963 Mets and ’43 Philadelphia Athletics for road futility.
Diamondbacks players periodically glanced at the centerfield scoreboard throughout this blowout.
The MLB mark felt almost inevitable after Tuesday’s collapse, which saw Arizona blow a 7-0 lead in an anguishing 9-8 loss to the Giants. Manager Torey Lovullo’s team has lost 14 in a row overall and 28 of its last 30, falling to 20-50 for the worst record in the majors.
“I lay in bed at night thinking about different things,” Lovullo said. “Sometimes I’m up until 3, 4 o’clock in the morning trying to put the pieces of this puzzle together in my own head. It’s tough. It’s very challenging.”
The Diamondbacks’ only consolation coming off this four-game sweep: They don’t play again on the road until June 25 at San Diego, exactly two months to the day since their last road victory. Then again, Arizona isn’t scheduled for a road game against a sub-.500 team until July 27 at Texas.
Arizona’s last road win came April 25 at Atlanta, when Madison Bumgarner pitched a seven-inning no-hitter to complete a doubleheader sweep. At that point, the Diamonbacks were a solid 9-8 away from Chase Field, with no signs of the trouble ahead.
Since then, the Diamondbacks have been swept on the road by the Marlins, Mets, Dodgers, Rockies, Brewers, Athletics and Giants.
Arizona has been outscored 137-60 in those road losses. Last week, Lovullo fired hitting coach Darnell Coles and assistant hitting coach Eric Hinske.
“We’ve got to find a way to go out and, before the next road trip, win a baseball game tomorrow,” Lovullo said. “That’s my focus and that will be the focus of everybody else, too.”
The 1963 Mets and ’43 Athletics, incidentally, were both guided by Hall of Fame managers toward the end of their tenures. Casey Stengel turned 73 on the day the Mets ended their slide, while Connie Mack was 80 while Philadelphia skidded.
Zac Gallen (1-2) allowed four earned runs in 2-2/3 innings in his first start back from a sprained pitching elbow. The right-hander also recorded Arizona’s first hit of the afternoon, a third-inning single off Giants starter Kevin Gausman.
“Obviously, the mood is unhappy,” Gallen said. “Guys are definitely not satisfied with the way they’re playing. I don’t know anybody in their right mind who would be.”
Gausman (8-1) limited the D’backs to two runs on four hits in eight innings. The right-hander struck out six and walked one.
Curt Casali homered and drove in four runs for San Francisco, finishing a double shy of the cycle. Steven Duggar went 3-for-3 with an RBI double and Mauricio Dubon and Mike Yastrzemski drove in two runs each as the Giants improved the best record in the majors to 44-25.
Casali’s two-run drive off opened the scoring in the second inning. The catcher legged out his first career triple in the fifth inning, scoring Brandon Belt to make it 6-0. Casali added an RBI single in the seventh.
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Orioles lose 19th straight on road
Jose Ramirez and Bobby Bradley homered during a three-run first inning and the Indians beat the Orioles 10-3 on Thursday, extending Baltimore’s road losing streak to 19 games.
The win gave Cleveland a four-game sweep and sent Baltimore to its eighth straight loss overall. Orioles first baseman Trey Mancini said this has been difficult.
“We’re very frustrated,” he said. “Nobody likes losing. I’m at the top of the list, I’d say. There’s no room to wallow at this level. You have to get out there the next day and put it behind you and try to win the next game. What’s done is done.”
Cleveland is 10 games over .500 despite a slew of injuries that has left manager Terry Francona literally piecing together his pitching staff on a daily basis.
“We’ll take any success any day we can,” he said. “We told our guys that we’re going to have to figure some things out. But it’s okay when guys are playing like they’re playing and giving the effort.”
Yu Chang had four RBIs with a two-run single in the sixth and a two-run homer in the eighth. Trevor Stephan (1-0) pitched 1-2/3 scoreless innings for his first major-league win.
Austin Hays and Maikel Franco homered for the Orioles.
Ramirez hit a two-run homer — his 16th of the season — and Bradley hit his fourth since being called up from the minors June 4. Eddie Rosario homered in the fourth off starter Jorge Lopez (2-8).
Indians starter Eli Morgan remained in the game after being struck by a line drive above the right elbow in the first inning. Morgan, making his second major-league start, punched out Cedric Mullins on three pitches to start the game. Mancini lined the next pitch to the mound, and the ball hit Morgan on the fly. Chang, playing third base, caught the ball for the out.
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