San Francisco at Arizona

W: D. Davis (8-13) L: M. Cain (13-7)
HR: SF - None   ARI - R. Ryal (3)

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PHOENIX -- Built on pitching, San Francisco has seen its starters struggle at just the wrong time.

The Giants fell five games behind NL wild-card leader Colorado after a 10-8 loss to Arizona on Tuesday, when starter Matt Cain could not get out of the third inning.

  Playoff Race

Cain gave up seven runs in 2 1/3 innings while losing his second successive start. No Giants starter has won since Barry Zito beat Colorado eight days ago. Still, the Giants 3.63 ERA remains second in the NL.

"As good as they've been, you know they are going to trip once in awhile. It so happens it's been the whole rotation here," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said.

"Our pitching right now is struggling, our starters, but they are fighting. We had the right guy out there. He was just off today. It's going to happen. The hitters were fighting to pick him up."

San Francisco (81-70) scored three runs in the ninth inning but did not put the potential tying run on base while falling into a with Atlanta behind Colorado (86-65).

"It's been bad. All of us have not done what we wanted to do," said Cain (13-7), whose ERA jumped from 2.71 to 2.99.

"It's very disappointing. I feel like I let a lot of guys down."

  Reynolds breaks own strikeout record

The Giants will not play NL West leader Los Angeles or any of the wild card contenders in their final 11 games.

"It makes things tougher, no getting around it. We know what's at stake," Bochy said.

Mark Reynolds, who struck out three times to break his own major league record with 206, also doubled in a run off Cain in a three-run second inning. It was his 100th RBI of the season.

"He just left a lot of balls over the plate. If you look at our hits, they are catching a lot of white" of the plate, Reynolds said. "Normally he is on the corners with his fastball and slider."

Arizona catcher Miguel Montero had three of Arizona's 16 hits and drove in two runs in Cain's shortest start of the season that was not curtailed by injury. He was removed in the second inning of a game July 11 against San Diego when he was hit in the arm by a line drive.

San Francisco built a 3-0 lead, the last two runs coming on Cain's first major league triple in the second inning, before Arizona scored three runs in its second and six more in the third to take a 9-4 lead.

Brandon Allen had two hits and two RBI for Arizona, which broke a three-game losing streak. Arizona (66-86) had won only four of its previous 17 games.

Rusty Ryal had three hits, including a home run off reliever Randy Johnson, and scored three runs.

Justin Upton had two hits and Gerardo Parra had a double and two RBI.

Pablo Sandoval had three hits and three RBI, and his two-run triple in the ninth inning off Juan Gutierrez cut Arizona's lead to 10-7. Sandoval scored on Randy Winn's sacrifice fly before Gutierrez retired the final two batters.

Sandoval has 18 hits in 34 at-bats at Chase Field this season.

Eugenio Velez and Andres Torres had three hits.

Doug Davis (8-13) settled down after giving up four runs in the first two innings. He allowed 10 hits and five runs in 7 1/3 innings to win for the first time since Aug. 10. He was 0-3 with four no-decisions in his previous seven starts.

"It feels good. I have to hand it to our offense tonight. They battled back after I had a rough three innings," Davis said.

The umpires used instant replay to change the ruling on a hit originally called a two-run home run by Parra in the third.

With Montero on first base, Parra hit a fly ball to deep right-center field that appeared to land just beyond the fence near the 413-foot sign. First base umpire Marty Foster signaled a home run.

San Francisco center fielder Aaron Rowand immediately ran toward the infield to argue, and crew chief Wally Bell reversed the ruling after watching a replay that seemed to indicate the ball hit the top of the fence and bounced back onto the field.

Parra was given a double, but Montero was permitted to score.


  • Johnson made his second relief appearance of the season for the Giants in the seventh inning, striking out three and giving up Ryal's third major league home run. It was Johnson's first relief outing in Chase Field since winning Game 7 of the 2001 World Series with one inning of work. Johnson got a small ovation from the crowd when he was announced.
  • San Francisco second baseman Freddy Sanchez was unavailable Tuesday after suffering a knee injury Monday when he landed awkwardly while catching a return throw from the outfield in the top of the first inning of the Giants' 5-4 victory. "There is a little bit more of a tear in the meniscus," Bochy said after learning of the results of an MRI on Tuesday. "We'll rehab him. It is probably going to be a few days, if not more," before he can play.
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Miguel Montero and Gerardo Parra combine for four RBI to power the Arizona offense.  (AP)
Miguel Montero and Gerardo Parra combine for four RBI to power the Arizona offense. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

P. Sandoval
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0

M. Montero
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0

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Eugenio Velez, LF-2B5230011 .280
Andres Torres, RF5230012 .271
Pablo Sandoval, 3B5133002 .326
Bengie Molina, C2000001 .260
    Madison Bumgarner, P0000000 .000
   a- Jesus Guzman, PH1000001 .167
    Brandon Medders, P0000000 .000
    Randy Johnson, P0000000 .077
   b- Rich Aurilia, PH1000000 .224
    Merkin Valdez, P0000000 .000
   c- Randy Winn, PH0001000 .262
Juan Uribe, SS5110011 .290
Ryan Garko, 1B3120200 .269
Aaron Rowand, CF3000103 .264
Kevin Frandsen, 2B2100102 .149
   d- Fred Lewis, PH-LF1001000 .265
Matt Cain, P1012000 .155
    Waldis Joaquin, P0000000 .000
    Eli Whiteside, C2000001 .205
   e- John Bowker, PH1000002 .186
    Buster Posey, C0000000 .333
a-grounded into a double play for Bumgarner in the 5th
b-flied out for R. Johnson in the 8th
c-hit a sacrifice fly for Valdez in the 9th
d-grounded out for Frandsen in the 8th
e-flied out for Whiteside in the 8th
2B - Eugenio Velez (13, Davis)
3B - Andres Torres (6, Davis), Pablo Sandoval (4, Gutierrez), Matt Cain (1, Davis)
SF - Randy Winn (8)
RBI - Pablo Sandoval 3 (83), Randy Winn (51), Fred Lewis (20), Matt Cain 2 (3)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Cain 2 (2)
Team LOB - 7
Outfield Assists - Aaron Rowand 1
DP - Rowand-Garko
San Francisco Giants
Matt Cain (L,13-7) 2.1877030 2.99
Waldis Joaquin0222200 5.19
Madison Bumgarner 1.2200030 2.25
Brandon Medders 2100010 3.03
Randy Johnson 1111031 4.94
Merkin Valdez 1200100 5.59
WP - Matt Cain (9), Waldis Joaquin (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Cain 53-39, Waldis Joaquin 20-10, Madison Bumgarner 39-27, Brandon Medders 23-13, Randy Johnson 15-10, Merkin Valdez 25-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Cain 3-1, Brandon Medders 3-1, Merkin Valdez 2-0
Batters Faced - Matt Cain 15, Waldis Joaquin 4, Madison Bumgarner 7, Brandon Medders 6, Randy Johnson 4, Merkin Valdez 5
Arizona Diamondbacks
Chris Young, CF4010112 .209
Stephen Drew, SS4111001 .259
Justin Upton, RF4120100 .306
Miguel Montero, C5232003 .299
Mark Reynolds, 3B5111033 .266
Gerardo Parra, LF4112020 .293
Rusty Ryal, 2B3331100 .298
Brandon Allen, 1B4122021 .223
Doug Davis, P4020021 .153
    Juan Gutierrez, P0000000 .000
2B - Justin Upton (30, Cain), Mark Reynolds (29, Cain), Gerardo Parra (19, Cain), Brandon Allen (7, Cain)
3B - Rusty Ryal (1, Bumgarner)
HR - Rusty Ryal (3, R. Johnson)
SF - Stephen Drew (7)
RBI - Stephen Drew (59), Miguel Montero 2 (56), Mark Reynolds (100), Gerardo Parra 2 (58), Rusty Ryal (4), Brandon Allen 2 (14)
CS - Chris Young (4, 3rd base by Valdez/Posey)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Ryal-Allen, Drew-Ryal-Allen
Arizona Diamondbacks
Doug Davis (W,8-13) 7.11055420 4.09
Juan Gutierrez 1.2333010 4.26
WP - Doug Davis 2 (10)
Pitches-Strikes - Doug Davis 116-73, Juan Gutierrez 33-23
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Davis 5-13, Juan Gutierrez 1-3
Batters Faced - Doug Davis 34, Juan Gutierrez 8
Game Information
Attendance - 25591
Game Time - 3:13
Temperature - 100
Umpires - Home - Wally Bell, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Angel Campos, Third Base - Kerwin Danley