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Giants 6, Diamondbacks 4

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PHOENIX -- A grueling road trip has turned into a joyride for the San Francisco Giants.

Bengie Molina had a home run and three RBI, Brian Wilson struck out the side for his seventh consecutive save, and the Giants defeated the error-prone Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4 on Wednesday night to improve to 6-3 on a three-city tour.

The Giants started the trip in Washington, where rain forced a doubleheader, and then moved on to Florida. After being shut out Monday night by the Marlins, the Giants flew overnight to the desert, and now they're one victory away from a sweep of the Diamondbacks.

It's a dramatic turnaround for a team that lost its first six road games and is still only 13-18 away from the Bay Area.

"We knew we had to turn it around if we're going to have a successful season," manager Bruce Bochy said. "We've definitely played better on the road. This has been a tough road trip, with the travel and the rain delays, and we keep bouncing back."

Molina hit a two-run homer -- his team-high ninth and first since May 12 -- as the Giants took a 5-1 lead against Doug Davis (3-7) in the third. The Giants' free-swinging catcher added an RBI single in the ninth.

Wilson struck out the top of the Diamondbacks' order -- Felipe Lopez, Ryan Roberts and Justin Upton -- to record his 16th save in 19 chances and lock up the victory for Barry Zito (3-6), who went five shaky innings.

Zito gave up four runs and seven hits, walking four and striking out six.

"That was a poor outing by me," Zito said. "The team picked me up huge on all sides."

Bochy said he was tempted to lift his struggling pitcher one out short of qualifying for the victory.

"He was testing me, there's no getting around it," Bochy said.

With the bases loaded and two outs, Bochy decided that pinch-hitter Miguel Montero, a lefty, would be Zito's last hitter. Montero hit a deep but foul drive to right field that Randy Winn pulled in near the wall.

"He's so underrated as a player, especially defensively," Bochy said of Winn. "He should have a Gold Glove."

Winn's grab provided a stark contrast to another abysmal fielding effort by the Diamondbacks, who followed up Tuesday night's three-error game with three more errors. Two of the blunders were costly.

In the first, Davis threw a pickoff attempt past first base, allowing Aaron Rowand to take second. Rowand moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Edgar Renteria's sacrifice fly.

"We just beat ourselves in that inning," Arizona manager A.J. Hinch said.

In the third, center fielder Chris Young was charged with an error after making a long run to chase down Andres Torres' drive to deep center field. Two runs scored on the play, giving San Francisco a 5-1 lead.

But Zito, who is working on a $126 million, seven-year contract, gave most of the lead back in the fifth on five consecutive hits, including an RBI single by Upton and a two-run double by Stephen Drew.

Still, the Diamondbacks came up short, a recurring theme this year, especially in Chase Field. The Diamondbacks have dropped eight of 11 home series, and four of five under Hinch, who replaced Bob Melvin on May 8.

"Right now, we're stuck in this cycle of having to be perfect in order to get through a game and feel good about it," Hinch said. "It's obviously a bad cycle to be in as a team, and we're going to work to get out of it."

Davis went four innings, his shortest outing. He gave up five runs and six hits, walking three and striking out one.

"Didn't feel like I had anything out there," Davis said. "I felt like every time I threw something, they got a piece of it."

Notes

Arizona OF Conor Jackson, who has been out since May 12 with pneumonia, took batting practice before the game but is "not even close" to returning, manager A.J. Hinch said. ... Arizona 1B Tony Clark, who has missed more than a month with a sprained right hand ligament, will begin a minor league rehab assignment on Thursday. ... Arizona honored former Diamondback Randy Johnson, who won his 300th career victory last week, with a brief video tribute after the third inning. The Big Unit stood in the dugout and tipped his cap to acknowledge a standing ovation.

 
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Arizona

S. Drew
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
San Francisco

B. Molina
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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San Francisco Giants
Aaron Rowand, CF3110101 .307
Edgar Renteria, SS4121001 .259
Randy Winn, RF5110001 .279
Bengie Molina, C5123002 .256
Pablo Sandoval, 1B4120110 .322
Juan Uribe, 3B5010025 .306
Kevin Frandsen, 2B4110011 .080
Andres Torres, LF3000111 .192
Barry Zito, P1000001 .105
   a- Fred Lewis, PH1000000 .261
    Merkin Valdez, P0000000 .000
    Sergio Romo, P1000010 .000
    Jeremy Affeldt, P00000001.000
    Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
Totals36610436  
a-popped out for Zito in the 6th
Batting
2B - Randy Winn (18, Qualls), Pablo Sandoval (17, Qualls), Juan Uribe (11, Vasquez)
HR - Bengie Molina (9, Davis)
SF - Edgar Renteria (2)
SH - Barry Zito (4)
RBI - Edgar Renteria (25), Bengie Molina 3 (37)
2-OUT RBI - Bengie Molina (5)
Team LOB - 9
San Francisco Giants
Barry Zito (W,3-6) 5744460 4.09
Merkin Valdez (H,3) 1000120 3.86
Sergio Romo (H,3) 1.1000010 3.86
Jeremy Affeldt (H,14) 0.2000010 1.78
Brian Wilson (S,16) 1000030 3.45
Pitches-Strikes - Barry Zito 105-62, Merkin Valdez 26-14, Sergio Romo 18-10, Jeremy Affeldt 10-7, Brian Wilson 12-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Merkin Valdez 1-0, Sergio Romo 1-2
Batters Faced - Barry Zito 26, Merkin Valdez 4, Sergio Romo 4, Jeremy Affeldt 2, Brian Wilson 3
Arizona Diamondbacks
Felipe Lopez, 2B5110022 .297
Ryan Roberts, 3B3210220 .329
Justin Upton, RF4111122 .312
Stephen Drew, SS4023001 .255
Mark Reynolds, 1B4010012 .269
Chris Young, CF3000122 .177
Chris Snyder, C3000111 .227
Eric Byrnes, LF2010010 .215
    Esmerling Vasquez, P0000000 .000
   a- Miguel Montero, PH1000003 .235
    Jon Rauch, P0000000 .000
    Tony Pena, P0000000 .000
   b- Augie Ojeda, PH1000000 .235
    Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
Doug Davis, P1000002 .200
    Gerardo Parra, LF3000020 .280
Totals34474513  
a-fouled out for Vasquez in the 5th
b-flied out for Pena in the 8th
Batting
2B - Ryan Roberts (7, Zito), Stephen Drew (11, Zito)
RBI - Justin Upton (35), Stephen Drew 3 (21)
2-OUT RBI - Stephen Drew (4)
SB - Ryan Roberts (4, 2nd base off Zito/Molina)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Reynolds
E - Doug Davis (2, Throwing), Ryan Roberts (1, Throwing), Chris Young (1, Dropped fly)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Doug Davis (L,3-7) 4652311 3.42
Esmerling Vasquez 1100020 4.91
Jon Rauch 2000020 4.88
Tony Pena 1000010 2.89
Chad Qualls 1311000 4.18
HBP - Rowand (by Jon Rauch)
WP - Doug Davis (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Doug Davis 100-62, Esmerling Vasquez 16-9, Jon Rauch 28-18, Tony Pena 6-5, Chad Qualls 19-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Davis 6-6, Jon Rauch 2-2, Tony Pena 2-0
Batters Faced - Doug Davis 22, Esmerling Vasquez 4, Jon Rauch 7, Tony Pena 3, Chad Qualls 6
Game Information
Attendance - 19837
Game Time - 3:15
Temperature - 90
Umpires - Home - Todd Tichenor, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Chris Guccione