After losing the first game of this three-game series Friday night, the San Francisco Giants rebounded by winning the next two games, capturing the series finale 6-2 Sunday afternoon over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Diamondbacks starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs began the game by allowing three straight singles to Andres Torres, Marco Scutaro and Buster Posey as the Giants took a 1-0 lead on Posey's RBI hit. Hunter Pence drew a walk loading the bases for Joaquin Arias, who singled home Scutaro. The Giants could not muster up any more runs as Skaggs retired the next three batters and the Giants had to settle for a 2-0 lead.
For the second straight Sunday, the Giants handed the ball to Chad Gaudin, who recorded a 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the first. Pence led off the top of the third with a double and scored on an RBI single by Juan Perez, who was making his Major League debut. Perez recorded his first career hit and RBI. The Giants had a 3-0 lead.
With one out in the top of the fourth, Scutaro connected with his second home run of the season, increasing the Giants advantage to 4-0. With one out in the bottom of the fourth, catcher Miguel Montero singled and one batter later, left fielder Jason Kubel singled. Center fielder A.J. Pollock singled home Montero and during the at-bat of second baseman Cliff Pennington, Gaudin was called for a balk enabling Kubel to score. Gaudin struck out Skaggs and the Diamondbacks cut the Giants deficit in half at 4-2.
Brandon Belt drilled his seventh home run of the season in the top of the fifth to extend the lead to 5-2. The Giants added one last run in the top of the eighth as Gregor Blanco tripled and scored on a Torres RBI sacrifice fly. The Giants won 6-2 and improved their record to 5-1 against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field.
Gaudin earned the win (2-1) and pitched terrific once again, going six innings, allowing five hits, two runs, one walk and seven strikeouts, throwing 84 pitches.
The Giants pounded out 12 hits in the win, led by Scutaro, who smacked three. Posey and Pence each contributed with two hits on the day.
The 33-29 Giants have Monday off before beginning a three-game series Tuesday night in Pittsburgh against the Pirates. Tim Lincecum (4-5) gets the ball in the opener opposing Gerrit Cole (0-0), who will be making his major league debut. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 pm.
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