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Not even Zac Gallen could save the Arizona Diamondbacks from a loss yesterday.

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Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

Arizona Diamondbacks 2, San Francisco Giants 4

[Arizona Sports] Zac Gallen’s historic streak of 3 runs or less comes to an end against Giants - Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zac Gallen’s MLB record of starts to open a career with three or fewer runs allowed came to an end on the road Monday against the San Francisco Giants. Gallen had not allowed more than three runs in any of the first 23 starts in his career with the Miami Marlins and Arizona Diamondbacks. After holding the Giants scoreless through five innings, at one point retiring 14 straight batters, Gallen struggled in the sixth inning, allowing four hits, a walk and three runs without recording an out. Gallen was then relieved for Junior Guerra who came into a bases-loaded situation and walked home Giants’ first baseman Brandon Belt to bring across the fourth run that was charged to Gallen. Guerra got a double play and a fly out to limit the damage at four runs.

[AZ Central] Arizona Diamondbacks: Zac Gallen’s record streak ends in loss to San Francisco Giants - “Even those first five innings seemed like I was rolling, but I felt like I kind of got away with some pitches,” Gallen said after the Diamondbacks’ 4-2 loss to the Giants on Monday night. “I didn’t feel like I had my best stuff... I knew, at the end of the day, to keep up that streak was going to be nearly impossible,” Gallen said. “Every streak is going to end at some point. It sucks that the first five innings were good and it was looking like another one, but that’s how quickly things can change here... In that sixth inning, I just wasn’t making pitches; (I was in the) middle of the plate,” Gallen said. “The leadoff walk was really the thing — those will kill you. That’s the one thing I keep looking back to.”

[D’] Mathisen makes long-awaited MLB debut - For eight years and 649 games Wyatt Mathisen toiled in the Minor Leagues, hoping for the chance he finally got Monday night at Oracle Park. About 10:30 a.m. MST, Mathisen was going through testing protocols when D-backs bench coach Luis Urueta let him know that he was in the starting lineup against the Giants. “And then I guess it came out on the MLB [app],” Mathisen said. “I told my wife I was starting and she was like, ‘Oh are you?’ and she sent me a screenshot of the MLB app. So, it kind of all came at once this morning.” Mathisen was hitless in his debut, going 0-for-4 in the D-backs’ 4-2 loss to the Giants, but just getting to the big leagues was an accomplishment in itself given the road he traveled since being selected in the second round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the Pirates.

Around the League

[ESPN] Padres’ Eric Hosmer fractures index finger while bunting, could be out 2-6 weeks - San Diego Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer broke his left index finger while attempting to bunt in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies on Monday. Manager Jayce Tingler said Hosmer could be out two to six weeks. “Knowing Hos, he’s a tough guy, and knowing his pain tolerance ... with some good luck and some good fortune, it heals up, and at that point, it’ll be up to pain tolerance,” Tingler said. “If we can get it to that point, I feel very confident betting on the man.’’ The Padres have options at first base. Rookie Jake Cronenworth played well at first base when Hosmer missed several games early in the season because of a stomach ailment, and the Padres obtained Mitch Moreland during a flurry of trades in the days before last week’s deadline.

[Sports Illustrated] Could Restrictions on In-Game Video Access Become the Norm in MLB? - Technically, MLB did not ban in-game video replay terminals this season because of the Astros. MLB and the MLBPA jointly agreed to ban them because of the coronavirus—the official decision did not come until the release of the new league operations manual in June. And, in that context, it made plenty of sense. If you’re trying to encourage physical distancing, you should probably block anything that involves people going back and forth to a small room to cluster around a screen. (For what it’s worth, the video restrictions are not presented as related to strategy or gamesmanship, but instead as any other health measure; they’re sandwiched in the manual between rules on food service and office capacity.) This was supposed to be about safety.