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Cruz shuts down Giants, D-Backs move within 1 1/2 games of first

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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PHOENIX -- Juan Cruz gave the Arizona Diamondbacks everything they needed Tuesday night -- a lot of innings and a victory.

Cruz shut down the San Francisco Giants into the eighth during the longest outing of his career, pitching Arizona to a 5-1 win.

"It was very much needed, especially after a night like last night where we had to use two or three guys out of the bullpen to eat some innings," catcher Chris Snyder said.

Orlando Hudson scored twice and drove in a run for the Diamondbacks, who moved within 1½ games of first-place San Diego in the NL West. Arizona also stayed one game behind Cincinnati and Los Angeles in the wild-card race.

"We swung the bats well and threw the ball well, too," Hudson said.

Cruz (5-6) scattered seven hits over 7 1/3 innings, walked one and struck out three to earn his second consecutive win. Tony Pena and Jorge Julio finished up.

Cruz became the first Arizona starter to work into the eighth since Brandon Webb on July 20 against the Dodgers.

"I just got everything for a strike tonight," Cruz said. "Everything was working good. This game is all about location. If you've got location you can get outs."

Cruz's outing might complicate matters for Arizona manager Bob Melvin, who has to slide newly acquired Livan Hernandez into the rotation.

And if Cruz is asked to move out of the rotation and into the bullpen?

"I go to the bullpen," Cruz said. "Why not?"

Carlos Quentin and Stephen Drew each had two hits and an RBI for Arizona.

Randy Winn homered for the slumping Giants, who have lost four of six and 12 of 15.

Barry Bonds was 0-for-3 with a walk, including a deflected double-play grounder in the sixth when he lumbered half-speed down the first-base line.

Arizona jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first against Jamey Wright (6-10). Eric Byrnes led off with a triple and scored on a single by Hudson. Wright walked Luis Gonzalez and retired Chad Tracy on a grounder before Shawn Green hit an RBI groundout to make it 2-0.

Quentin then singled to drive home Gonzalez with Arizona's third run.

The Giants pulled to 3-1 on Winn's one-out homer in the third.

The Diamondbacks answered with a pair of runs in the fifth. Hudson hit a leadoff triple and Gonzalez lined a pitch off Wright's right thigh. Gonzalez was thrown out by third baseman Pedro Feliz, but Hudson scored for a 4-1 lead.

Tracy followed with a single and scored on Drew's two-out single to right.

Wright allowed five runs and 10 hits in five innings for his seventh loss in eight decisions.

"It's my job to go out there and put up zeros," Wright said. "I put us in a 3-0 hole right from the get-go."

San Francisco squandered a scoring opportunity in the second when Feliz was thrown out easily at home trying to score on Eliezer Alfonzo's double to the warning track in right.

"Some of the intangible stuff we haven't been doing as well of late," Melvin said. "All of those things play into the outcome of the game. It was good to see we made some big plays."

Notes

  • Arizona's Alberto Callaspo got his first major league hit, a pinch-hit double in the eighth.
  • Hudson's seven triples match his career high set in 2004 with Toronto.
  • Arizona 1B Conor Jackson, who left Monday's game with a bruised forearm after he was hit by a pitch, did not start and remains day-to-day.
  • The Giants have seven home runs in their last two games.
  • Winn has hit safely in 12 of his last 15 games. His homer was his first since June 27 against Texas, a span of 125 at-bats.
 
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Juan Cruz pitches into the eighth, striking out three and allowing only one run for the victory.  (AP)
Juan Cruz pitches into the eighth, striking out three and allowing only one run for the victory. (AP)

Players of the Game
Arizona

O. Hudson
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
San Francisco

R. Winn
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
San Francisco Giants
Randy Winn, CF4121001 .266
Omar Vizquel, SS4030000 .319
Moises Alou, RF4000003 .295
    Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
Barry Bonds, LF3000102 .246
    Jose Vizcaino, PR0000000 .212
Ray Durham, 2B4000001 .276
Shea Hillenbrand, 1B4000011 .288
Pedro Feliz, 3B3010111 .264
Eliezer Alfonzo, C3020012 .284
Jamey Wright, P2000021 .233
    Kevin Correia, P0000000 .000
   a- Todd Linden, PH-RF1000000 .320
Totals321812512 
a-grounded out for Correia in the 8th
Batting
2B - Eliezer Alfonzo 2 (9, Cruz, Cruz)
HR - Randy Winn (9, Cruz)
RBI - Randy Winn (45)
Team LOB - 6
San Francisco Giants
Jamey Wright (L,6-10) 51055230 5.18
Kevin Correia 2100020 3.26
Brian Wilson 1100020 6.10
IBB - Snyder by Jamey Wright
Pitches-Strikes - Jamey Wright 94-57, Kevin Correia 27-21, Brian Wilson 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jamey Wright 7-5, Kevin Correia 1-3, Brian Wilson 1-0
Batters Faced - Jamey Wright 27, Kevin Correia 7, Brian Wilson 4
Arizona Diamondbacks
Eric Byrnes, CF5110014 .281
Orlando Hudson, 2B5221002 .288
Luis Gonzalez, LF3101120 .285
Chad Tracy, 3B4110010 .274
Shawn Green, 1B4011001 .290
Carlos Quentin, RF4021001 .325
Stephen Drew, SS4021002 .341
Chris Snyder, C3020110 .293
Juan Cruz, P3000026 .000
    Tony Pena, P0000000 .000
   a- Alberto Callaspo, PH1010000 .200
    Jorge Julio, P0000000 .000
Totals3651252716 
a-doubled for Pena in the 8th
Batting
2B - Chris Snyder (7, Wright), Alberto Callaspo (1, Wilson)
3B - Eric Byrnes (3, Wright), Orlando Hudson (7, Wright)
RBI - Orlando Hudson (51), Luis Gonzalez (54), Shawn Green (48), Carlos Quentin (14), Stephen Drew (10)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Quentin (5), Stephen Drew (5)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Carlos Quentin 1
DP - Hudson-Tracy-Green, Tracy-Green
Arizona Diamondbacks
Juan Cruz (W,5-6) 7.1711131 4.34
Tony Pena 0.2100000 2.03
Jorge Julio 1000120 4.06
Pitches-Strikes - Juan Cruz 105-67, Tony Pena 4-3, Jorge Julio 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Juan Cruz 6-11, Tony Pena 1-0
Batters Faced - Juan Cruz 28, Tony Pena 2, Jorge Julio 4
Game Information
Attendance - 35146
Game Time - 2:44
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Ed Rapuano, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Joe West