The San Francisco Giants pounded the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-2 Sunday afternoon to take two of three from them this weekend.
After the Giants were retired in order in the top of the first by Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin, Yusmeiro Petit took the mound for the Giants. Left fielder Adam Eaton singled with one out and scored on an RBI double by third baseman Martin Prado to give the Diamondbacks a quick 1-0 lead. Petit struck out the next batter to end the inning and threw 23 pitches in the first.
Hunter Pence led off the top of the second with a walk and moved to third on a Pablo Sandoval single. Pence scored on a Hector Sanchez ground out to tie the game at 1.
Posey singled leading off the top of the fourth and moved to third on a Pence double. After the next two Giants batters made outs, Sanchez doubled on a 1-2 count to score a pair of runs and Gregor Blanco followed with a single. Petit singled on the first pitch to score the third run of the inning and extend the Giants lead to 4-1. Petit recorded his fourth Major League hit and second career RBI. Pence smacked his 17th home run of the season in the top of the fifth to increase the lead to 5-1.
The Diamondbacks added a run in the bottom of the seventh on a Eaton RBI single to cut the lead to 5-2. Posey doubled home two runs in the top of the ninth and Pence singled in another run. The Giants won 8-2 to win the series and finish the season going 7-2 at Chase Field. They are 10-5 versus the Diamondbacks this year.
Petit earned the win (2-0), going six innings, allowing seven hits, two runs, one walk, a career-high ten strikeouts and threw 99 pitches. Coming into the game, the Giants had lost nine of their last 11 games facing a left-handed starting pitcher.
The Giants erupted for 15 hits on the day and were led by Posey and Pence, who each chipped in with three. Sandoval and Sanchez each contributed with two. Sanchez led the team with three RBI's in the game.
The 61-75 Giants head to San Diego Monday afternoon to take on the Padres. Barry Zito (4-10) gets the ball in the opener facing Ian Kennedy (5-9). First pitch is scheduled for 12:40 pm.
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