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Diamondbacks' Johnson hits for cycle in loss to Giants

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PHOENIX -- Here's how things are going for the last-place Arizona Diamondbacks this season: One of their players hit for the cycle Friday night and they still lost an ugly game to surging San Francisco.

Kelly Johnson became the third major leaguer to hit for the cycle this year, but three Arizona errors led to three unearned runs and that was the margin in the Giants' 7-4 victory.

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"He was hitting everything," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy. "To win a game when you've got somebody on the other side hit for the cycle, that's a good thing."

Aubrey Huff hit two solo home runs and added an RBI single in San Francisco's 14th victory in 18 games. The Giants scored two unearned runs on consecutive throwing errors by starting pitcher Edwin Jackson. A third unearned run came home after right fielder Justin Upton misjudged a fly ball in the ninth inning.

Johnson hit a solo home run in the first, doubled in the fifth and tripled in two runs when the Diamondbacks took a 4-3 lead in the sixth. He completed the feat with a line-drive single in the eighth, becoming the fourth Arizona player to hit for the cycle in the franchise's 13-year history.

"It's a pretty cool thing to say you did that," Johnson said, "but unfortunately we lost."

The throwing errors by Jackson (6-9) came on what were intended to be sacrifice bunts in the Giants' three-run seventh.

"I have made those plays all year, first two throwing errors of the season," he said. "It is just one of those things. The first one floated up. It ended up being bang-bang, a controversial call that could have gone either way. The second one was just wild."

The sloppy play took the steam out of Johnson's feat for Arizona interim manager Kirk Gibson.

"Kelly hits for the cycle and in my mind I have no feeling for it," Gibson said. "We lost the game, we didn't play well."

Chris Ray (3-0) got one out for the win and Brian Wilson tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings for his 28th save in 30 opportunities. The game went 3 hours, 45 minutes, with Arizona stranding 14 runners and San Francisco nine.

Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt warmed up in the bullpen, then was shut down when he felt some discomfort in his side.

"We hope it's not serious," Bochy said. "We'll work on him tonight and check on him tomorrow and see where we're at."

Huff had his third multihomer effort of the season as the Giants stayed three games behind first-place San Diego in the NL West. He entered the game with just one hit in 13 career at-bats against Jackson.

"Jackson's always been tough on me, man," Huff said. "The first one I got him. Then he really started busting me in. I couldn't get to his heater. To be perfectly honest, I cheated on that second pitch there and stepped in the bucket and went all in. I got lucky on it. ... He's owned me in the past, but I was due."

San Francisco starter Jonathan Sanchez left after five with a 2-1 lead and the Giants made it 3-1 when Huff homered in the sixth.

Johnson joined Bengie Molina of the Texas Rangers and Jody Gerut of the Milwaukee Brewers as players to hit for the cycle this season.

Johnson completed the most difficult part when he tripled to left-center off Santiago Casilla with two outs in the seventh to tie it at 3. Adam LaRoche's RBI single put Arizona up 4-3.

Jackson needed little time to waste it.

Nate Schierholz singled and Eli Whiteside put down a sacrifice bunt. Jackson fielded it, but his toss to LaRoche was high and the first baseman had to jump slightly to catch it. Whiteside and LaRoche touched the base virtually at the same time and the runner was safe.

Eugenio Velez bunted to advance the runners, but Jackson threw wildly past first, allowing a run to score. Andres Torres tripled over the head of center fielder Chris Young to bring two more home and put San Francisco up 6-4. Freddy Sanchez walked and Jackson was finished.

Jordan Norberto limited the damage, striking out Huff and Pablo Sandoval, then getting Travis Ishikawa to ground out.

In the ninth, Torres' fly ball soared over Upton for a two-base error. Two batters later, Huff singled Torres home.

Sanchez gave up four hits, struck out 10 and walked five. Jackson, who faced five batters without getting an out in the seventh, allowed six runs, four earned, and eight hits.

Notes

  • Giants C Buster Posey, on a 16-game hitting streak with 21 RBI in July, sat out.
  • Huff entered with a .415 career average against Arizona, the best of any active player against the Diamondbacks with a minimum of 100 plate appearances.
  • Jackson has allowed 19 runs, 17 earned, and 30 hits in four starts since his no-hitter at Tampa Bay on June 25.
 
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Kelly Johnson connects for a single in the eighth inning to complete the cycle. (AP)
Kelly Johnson connects for a single in the eighth inning to complete the cycle. (AP)

Players of the Game
Arizona

K. Johnson
AB 4
R 2
H 4
HR 1
RBI 3
San Francisco

A. Huff
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 3
 
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andres Torres, CF5112010 .273
Freddy Sanchez, 2B4000121 .267
Aubrey Huff, LF5233012 .305
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4010112 .266
Travis Ishikawa, 1B5120005 .329
Edgar Renteria, SS3011201 .296
Nate Schierholtz, RF5110016 .247
Eli Whiteside, C3110011 .255
Jonathan Sanchez, P2000000 .200
    Santiago Casilla, P0000000 .000
    Chris Ray, P0000000 .000
   a- Eugenio Velez, PH0100000 .196
    Sergio Romo, P1000011 .000
    Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
Totals37710648  
a-hit a sacrifice bunt for Ray in the 7th
Batting
2B - Travis Ishikawa (7, Jackson)
3B - Andres Torres (5, Jackson)
HR - Aubrey Huff 2 (19, Jackson, Jackson)
SH - Eli Whiteside (3), Eugenio Velez (5)
RBI - Andres Torres 2 (37), Aubrey Huff 3 (57), Edgar Renteria (15)
2-OUT RBI - Aubrey Huff (14), Edgar Renteria (5)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - F. Sanchez-Renteria-Ishikawa
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jonathan Sanchez 54115101 3.35
Santiago Casilla (BS,1) 0.2233210 3.48
Chris Ray (W,3-0) 0.1100000 3.43
Sergio Romo (H,11) 1.2300120 2.08
Brian Wilson (S,28) 1.1100010 1.87
HBP - Johnson (by Jonathan Sanchez)
Pitches-Strikes - Jonathan Sanchez 109-64, Santiago Casilla 27-15, Chris Ray 4-3, Sergio Romo 30-21, Brian Wilson 17-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathan Sanchez 2-2, Santiago Casilla 1-0, Sergio Romo 1-1, Brian Wilson 1-2
Batters Faced - Jonathan Sanchez 24, Santiago Casilla 6, Chris Ray 2, Sergio Romo 8, Brian Wilson 5
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Chris Young, CF4100133 .265
Kelly Johnson, 2B4243000 .283
Justin Upton, RF3010203 .276
Adam LaRoche, 1B3021211 .258
Mark Reynolds, 3B4000128 .213
Rusty Ryal, LF5020026 .305
Stephen Drew, SS4110102 .265
Chris Snyder, C4000124 .233
Edwin Jackson, P3000034 .167
    Jordan Norberto, P0000000 .000
   a- Gerardo Parra, PH1010000 .267
    Sam Demel, P0000000 .000
    Esmerling Vasquez, P0000000 .000
   b- Miguel Montero, PH1000011 .307
Totals364114814  
a-singled for Norberto in the 7th
b-struck out for Vasquez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Kelly Johnson (25, Sanchez), Adam LaRoche (21, Sanchez)
3B - Kelly Johnson (3, Casilla)
HR - Kelly Johnson (16, Sanchez)
RBI - Kelly Johnson 3 (49), Adam LaRoche (59)
2-OUT RBI - Kelly Johnson 2 (17), Adam LaRoche (29)
SB - Chris Young (21, 2nd base off Casilla/Whiteside)
CS - Kelly Johnson (4, 2nd base by Sanchez/Whiteside)
Team LOB - 14
Fielding
DP - Reynolds-Johnson-LaRoche
E - Edwin Jackson 2 (3, Throwing), Justin Upton (4, Dropped line drive)
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Edwin Jackson (L,6-9) 6864242 5.01
Jordan Norberto 1000020 7.36
Sam Demel 1100020 3.38
Esmerling Vasquez 1110200 4.19
Pitches-Strikes - Edwin Jackson 95-58, Jordan Norberto 13-8, Sam Demel 16-12, Esmerling Vasquez 33-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edwin Jackson 10-5, Jordan Norberto 1-0, Sam Demel 1-0
Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 29, Jordan Norberto 3, Sam Demel 4, Esmerling Vasquez 7
Game Information
Attendance - 22512
Game Time - 3:45
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Jeff Nelson, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Al Porter, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg