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Lewis' hustle, D-Backs' errors boost Giants' faint playoff hopes

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PHOENIX -- Speed and a terrific bullpen breathed a bit of life into the playoff hopes of the San Francisco Giants.

Pinch-hitter Fred Lewis beat out a double-play grounder with the bases loaded to drive in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and five relievers shut down Arizona in the Giants' 5-4 victory over the Diamondbacks on Monday night.

"Thank goodness for speed," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "That's a pretty routine double play ball for anyone else."

The victory moved the Giants within four games of idle Colorado in the NL wild-card chase with 12 games to play.

Speed was the reason Bochy had Lewis pinch-hit for Kevin Frandsen, who played second base after Freddy Sanchez twisted his left knee and left the game in the first inning.

When Lewis hit the sharp bouncer to second, he knew what he had to do.

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"I was just trying to get down the line as fast as possible," he said. "I came up with the big hit and hustled."

Mark Reynolds drove in two runs with his 43rd homer of the season and Justin Upton's single scored the other two for Arizona.

Pablo Sandoval doubled and singled for the Giants, who took advantage of three Diamondbacks errors.

The Giants' runs came on a single, an Arizona error, two groundouts [including Lewis'] and a sacrifice fly.

"That's us," Bochy said. "We scratch and claw for lots of runs, and we executed a perfect bunt that helped us."

Manager A.J. Hinch called it "a night of really, really poor execution" by the Diamondbacks.

"We had two bunts on offense we didn't get down, we had three errors, numerous leadoff walks. It's not winning baseball," he said.

Jeremy Affeldt threw a scoreless eighth for his major league-leading 32nd hold. Brian Wilson allowed a two-out single to Stephen Drew in the ninth, then struck out Upton looking on a 3-2 pitch for his 35th save.

Reliever Esmerling Vasquez (3-3) walked Travis Ishikawa to lead off the eighth, then Aaron Rowand laid down a beauty of a bunt. Vasquez and second baseman Ryan Roberts collided trying to field it, leading the Arizona pitcher to throw wild past first base.

The Diamondbacks' third error of the game put runners on second and third with no outs. Roberts hurt his left leg on the play and had to leave the game.

After Nate Schierholtz popped out to shortstop, Eugenio Velez was walked intentionally to load the bases and bring up Lewis, who hit a sharp grounder to second baseman Augie Ojeda, who threw to Drew at second for the force, but Lewis crossed first just ahead of the relay as the go-ahead run scored.

Hinch said a slight bobble of the ball by Drew made the difference.

"It probably has to be a perfect play to turn it on a guy like him [Lewis]," Hinch said. "As soon as there was one little hesitation, he's safe."

Sergio Romo (5-2) pitched two-thirds of an inning to get the victory.

Neither starter made it through the fifth inning.

The Giants took a 4-2 lead with two runs in the fifth when Sandoval hit an opposite field shot off the fence in left for his NL-leading 43rd double, then scored when Bengie Molina singled up the middle. Juan Uribe singled to end starter Billy Buckner's night.

Reliever Leo Rosales walked Ishikawa to load the bases, then Rowand flied out to deep center, where Chris Young made a nice catch, to score home Molina.

Arizona tied it in the fifth on Upton's soft bases-loaded single to short right field. That finished the evening for Barry Zito, who allowed four runs -- three earned -- and six hits in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out four and walked three.

Sanchez was injured when he went up to catch a high throw back to the infield from Rowand after Justin Upton had flied out to center. He stayed in until Reynolds, the next batter, homered, then had to be helped off the field.

The Diamondbacks went up 2-1 in the first when Young drew a leadoff walk, then with two outs, Reynolds hit the first pitch from Zito into the left-field seats, giving him 99 RBI for the season.

Reynolds said history had shown Zito would start him off with a fastball inside.

"I was just sitting on it and got it," Reynolds said.

Notes

  • Reynolds did not strike out, remaining one shy of the major league record of 204 he had last year. He has struck out once in the last three games.
  • Sandoval is hitting .475 against Arizona (19 for 40).
  • Sanchez's single was his first hit in 13 career at-bats against Arizona.
 
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San Francisco's Fred Lewis follows through on his fielder's choice that drives in the winning run.  (AP)
San Francisco's Fred Lewis follows through on his fielder's choice that drives in the winning run. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

P. Sandoval
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
Arizona

M. Reynolds
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
San Francisco Giants
Eugenio Velez, LF-2B4011100 .273
Freddy Sanchez, 2B1110000 .293
    Kevin Frandsen, 2B3000003 .156
   a- Fred Lewis, PH1001000 .266
    Andres Torres, LF0000000 .257
Randy Winn, RF3000110 .262
    Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
   b- John Bowker, PH1000002 .190
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .500
    Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
Pablo Sandoval, 3B5120000 .323
Bengie Molina, C5111013 .262
Juan Uribe, SS5020013 .291
Travis Ishikawa, 1B2200301 .266
Aaron Rowand, CF2011010 .266
Barry Zito, P1000102 .122
    Bob Howry, P0000000 .000
    Dan Runzler, P0000000 .000
    Nate Schierholtz, RF1000002 .272
Totals3458464  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Frandsen in the 8th
b-fouled out for Romo in the 8th
Batting
2B - Pablo Sandoval (43, Buckner)
SF - Aaron Rowand (3)
SH - Barry Zito (12)
RBI - Eugenio Velez (28), Fred Lewis (19), Bengie Molina (75), Aaron Rowand (63)
SB - Pablo Sandoval (5, 2nd base off Buckner/Hester)
PK - Eugenio Velez (1, Buckner)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Eugenio Velez 1
DP - Frandsen-Uribe-Ishikawa
E - Juan Uribe (9, Missed catch of throw)
San Francisco Giants
Barry Zito 4.1643341 3.99
Bob Howry 1.1100000 3.41
Dan Runzler 0.2100000 0.00
Sergio Romo (W,5-2) 0.2000000 4.06
Jeremy Affeldt (H,32) 1000100 1.75
Brian Wilson (S,35) 1100030 2.61
Pitches-Strikes - Barry Zito 92-57, Bob Howry 21-12, Dan Runzler 15-10, Sergio Romo 6-4, Jeremy Affeldt 16-8, Brian Wilson 25-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Barry Zito 4-4, Dan Runzler 1-1, Jeremy Affeldt 1-2
Batters Faced - Barry Zito 21, Bob Howry 5, Dan Runzler 3, Sergio Romo 2, Jeremy Affeldt 4, Brian Wilson 4
Arizona Diamondbacks
Chris Young, CF4120122 .208
Stephen Drew, SS5010013 .259
Justin Upton, RF5012013 .305
Mark Reynolds, 3B3112103 .267
Ryan Roberts, 2B3020003 .281
    Augie Ojeda, 2B0000100 .235
Eric Byrnes, LF4000013 .210
Brandon Allen, 1B3000011 .211
   a- Rusty Ryal, PH-1B1000001 .250
John Hester, C4120001 .350
Billy Buckner, P1000000 .267
    Leo Rosales, P0000000 .000
   b- Luke Carlin, PH0100100 .176
    Yusmeiro Petit, P0000000 .037
   c- Alex Romero, PH1000001 .255
    Daniel Schlereth, P0000000 .000
    Esmerling Vasquez, P0000000 .000
    Blaine Boyer, P0000000 .000
   d- Gerardo Parra, PH1000010 .293
Totals3549447  
a-flied out for Allen in the 8th
b-walked for Rosales in the 5th
c-hit into fielder's choice for Petit in the 6th
d-struck out for Boyer in the 9th
Batting
2B - John Hester (2, Zito)
HR - Mark Reynolds (43, Zito)
RBI - Justin Upton 2 (82), Mark Reynolds 2 (99)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Reynolds 2 (42)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Brandon Allen (2, Misplayed grounder), Ryan Roberts (6, Misplayed grounder), Esmerling Vasquez (1, Throwing)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Billy Buckner 4.1643330 6.75
Leo Rosales 0.2000100 4.65
Yusmeiro Petit 1000000 5.85
Daniel Schlereth 1000010 7.04
Esmerling Vasquez (L,3-3) 1111200 4.56
Blaine Boyer 1100000 4.41
IBB - Velez by Esmerling Vasquez
HBP - Rowand (by Billy Buckner)
Pitches-Strikes - Billy Buckner 104-64, Leo Rosales 13-7, Yusmeiro Petit 10-5, Daniel Schlereth 18-10, Esmerling Vasquez 23-12, Blaine Boyer 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Billy Buckner 7-4, Leo Rosales 1-1, Yusmeiro Petit 2-1, Daniel Schlereth 1-1, Esmerling Vasquez 1-2, Blaine Boyer 2-1
Batters Faced - Billy Buckner 24, Leo Rosales 3, Yusmeiro Petit 3, Daniel Schlereth 3, Esmerling Vasquez 6, Blaine Boyer 4
Game Information
Attendance - 25485
Game Time - 3:32
Temperature - 105
Umpires - Home - Kerwin Danley, First Base - Wally Bell, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Angel Campos