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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – MAY 20: Logan Webb #62 of the San Francisco Giants plays against the Miami Marlins in the first inning at Oracle Park on May 20, 2023 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO — Patrick Bailey scored his first major league hit on Saturday, a single-to-right field that breathed some life into the Giants’ previously dormant offense against the Miami Marlins with two outs in the eighth inning.

But after a colorful single from Bryce Johnson brought Bailey to second base, Thairo Estrada landed at third base to end the brief threat.

It was one of only two opportunities for the Giants, whose runners were in goal position, whose offense fell in a 1-0 loss to the Marlins in front of an announced crowd of 31,993 at Oracle Park.

Estrada scored the only other goal for the Giants, whose four-game winning streak was cut short by being out for the fifth time this season.

The Marlins took the lead in the eighth inning when a mistake by JD Davis at third base on a groundball allowed Garrett Hampson to get on board. After a sacrifice by Xavier Edwards put Hampson in second place, a lone hit by Giants replacement Tyler Rogers scored for Hampson to the game’s only run.

Marlins left-hander Braxton Garrett stunned the Giants, who failed to get a base runner in four straight innings before Davis leveled first in the seventh inning via a catcher interference call to Miami’s Nick Fortes. However, Mitch Haniger then managed a 5-4-3 double play to end the inning.

Giants star Logan Webb walked away without a decision after throwing six innings of shutout, making seven strikeouts and allowing four hits.

Webb threw 91 pitches before being replaced by Jakob Junis. Bailey started his first major league game on Saturday and it wasn’t long before he and Webb Hunter were capitalizing on Wendelstedt’s penchant for outside shots. In three innings, Webb successfully used the outside half of the plate to record four of his five strikeouts.

Webb has been rolling for over a month. Before Saturday, Webb had a 2.04 ERA in his last five starts with just eight earned runs allowed in 35 innings. During that time, he allowed 29 hits and eight walks with 30 strikeouts.

Giants manager Gabe Kapler had no qualms about how Webb and Bailey might fit together. The two worked together in spring training, and Kapler said Bailey has been in “contact” with almost every member of the Giants’ pitching team.

“And that’s intentional,” said Kapler before the game on Saturday. “We want all of our catchers that we suspect will show up in the major leagues to be comfortable with the pitchers when they show up. So we stagger the bullpens to give every catcher a chance to catch every pitcher. We try to do the same with game promotions and spring training.

“It doesn’t give you the highest level of intimacy, but it gives you a good one.”

Bailey expects to start a few more times in the future after Joey Bart was put on the 10-day injured list on Friday with a Grade 1 groin strain, an issue that came up in Wednesday’s Giants game against Philadelphia occurred.

“Part of the reason we were confident about getting Pat into the big leagues is because he’s pretty familiar with our pitching team,” Kapler said. “He’s ready for it. It’s not like he’s trying to learn pitchers on the fly, which happens sometimes.”

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