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Errors send Giants to sixth straight loss

NEW YORK — Dellin Betances gave up a run, so did Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman almost got nicked, too. A surprising sequence for the Yankees' vaunted bullpen trio.

But Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford put on the most startling performance Friday night — the Gold Glover threw away three balls, all by himself.

Crawford committed three errors for the first time in his career, making a wild toss in the eighth inning that gave New York a 3-2 win and sent San Francisco to its season-worst sixth straight loss.

"We'll take it any way we can get it," said Chase Headley, who slid home just in time with the go-ahead run. "You've got to be opportunistic.

"We're fighting for our life right now," he said.

The Yankees won for the fifth time in six games, trying to improve their playoff possibilities. Joe Girardi managed as if it was a postseason game, making three defensive replacements in the late innings.

"These are tough losses if you lose," he said, adding, "but that's not the case, don't have to worry about it."

The Giants held the best record in the majors at the All-Star break, but haven't won since. They also lost catcher Buster Posey, who fouled a ball off his right foot and left with a bruise. X-rays were negative and he was listed as day to day.

"We hit a couple of balls hard, but we didn't get a break," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "And that's the way it goes. When you're in winning streaks, everything goes right. Right now, it's not going well for us. But still, you make your breaks. We've got to tighten up and play crisper ball."

Said Crawford: "Three errors? Nah, it's not happened before."

"Just kind of three kind of weird plays, all different kind of throws that happened to get away from me," he said.

Masahiro Tanaka shut out San Francisco for six innings, giving up four singles. Giants ace Madison Bumgarner went seven innings, allowing two runs.

The Giants nicked Betances in the seventh, pulling within 2-1 on a walk, a double by Denard Span and a wild pitch. That ended a streak of 31 scoreless innings by Yankees relievers.

Chapman closed in the ninth for his 20th save in 21 chances. He worked around a leadoff double by Gregor Blanco.

New York's Carlos Beltran hits an RBI single in the second inning Friday. JULIE JACOBSON/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS