Jonis’ return was overshadowed by the D-backs’ 5th straight loss

PHOENIX — Nearly 400 miles away, in a different ballpark and down from the first-place Dodgers in the competition to the last-place D-backs wasn’t enough for the Giants to quell their slow start to the second half.

Held hitless for more than half a game on Monday, the Giants dropped the opener of their three-game series with Arizona 7-0, snapping a five-game winless streak since the All-Star break. were left A five-game losing streak — their fourth this season at least that long — has dropped them back to .500, but negated their 7-2 stretch to end the first half.

The Giants couldn’t muster a hit — or a base runner — off D-backs starter Merrill Kelly until the sixth, when Luis Gonzalez led off with a double that just cleared the first-base bag. That bat failed to spark, though, as he was later doubled off by two second-base batters, and two bunt singles accounted for his only other offense Monday night.

Brandon Belt’s 403-foot flyout to end the seventh was the hardest- and most-hit ball of the night, and one of only two to leave the bat at over 100 mph. The shutout was the fifth time he had been shutout this season, and his three hits matched his second-fewest in a game. They brought 28 men to the plate, one more than the minimum.

Calling Kelly the Giants’ kryptonite might be too kind, simply because this team doesn’t have any superpowers. But it’s hard to find a 33-year-old Arizona State product as well as a shutdown starter for the Giants this season. In three starts this season (all since July 6), Kelly has limited the Giants to four runs and 10 hits in 21⅓ innings (1.69 ERA).

Making his first start since June 10, Jacob Jonis left the game before allowing a run — or the Giants had their first hit. Manager Gabe Kapler came out on the hook with one out in the fifth (Jones was on the pitch count and ended up with 63), and Jarlin Garcia allowed the runner he inherited from Jones to face. what was

Garcia faced three batters and recorded no outs. The Giants’ bullpen woes continued the next inning, as Sam Long faced the first batter and walked with three outs, a two-RBI double by Carson Kelly and an RBI single by Josh Rojas put the game away. Removed from access. .

The Giants’ shortcomings on defense were also readily apparent again Monday night, though they weren’t credited with any mistakes.

After drifting far to right field and setting himself up to make a highlight-reel catch, Austin Slater let a deep David Peralta fly ball sneak through his glove and go for a double in the fourth. Slater’s throw home on an RBI single by Alec Thomas in the fifth landed up the middle of the third base line, allowing Gerardo Perdomo to score without a play and Thomas to move to second. Perdomo was only at second because Joc Pederson was too slow to get the ball he hit into shallow left field. The next inning, another errant throw by Slater allowed Rojas to take second base on his RBI single, even though Kelly had crossed the plate well before the throw came. And, oh, Joey Bart also dropped an errant pop (though the batter was quickly retired, anyway).