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World Series champ Giants lose to A's, out of wild-card race

The San Francisco Giants ate their postgame meal in an eerie silence, the defending World Series champions' playoff hopes all but over.

San Francisco was eliminated from wild-card contention Friday night, losing to Sonny Gray and the Oakland Athletics 5-4 and helping send the Chicago Cubs into the postseason for the first time since 2008.

There's a daunting task ahead, too. The Giants trail the NL-West leading Dodgers by eight games with nine to go, and the defending division champs visit AT&T Park for four games next week.

"You don't like losing games like this," manager Bruce Bochy said. "The one-run games are killing us right now. It's caught...