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Giants hold off Diamondbacks, keep NL West lead

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PHOENIX -- So used to playing close games, the San Francisco Giants almost didn't know what to do with big early lead.

Leading by five runs after becoming the first team to rough up Arizona's Josh Collmenter, the Giants escaped some shaky moments by starter Matt Cain and closer Brian Wilson to hold off the Diamondbacks 6-5 on Tuesday night and maintain their slim grip on the NL West lead.

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"Doesn't matter the team, we usually play tight games," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "We don't have too many games that get out of hand either way."

Scratching out a few runs while relying on solid pitching had kept the defending World Series champions in the division race with the surging Diamondbacks.

A team with the second-lowest run support in the NL (3.61 per game), the Giants found themselves in an unfamiliar spot after Cody Ross hit a two-run double and scored on a double steal in the fifth inning off Collmenter (4-2).

Leading 5-0 after Collmenter's first shaky outing in a superb rookie season, San Francisco watched Cain (6-4) nearly give it all back, allowing Arizona to pull within 5-4 on Miguel Montero's three-run homer in the sixth inning.

But, back in the comfort of a close game, the Giants closed it out.

Nate Schierholtz gave San Francisco a cushion run with a run-scoring double in the seventh and the combination of Jeremy Affeldt, Sergio Romo and Javier Lopez bridged the gap to Wilson.

The shaggy-bearded closer made it interesting, walking two and uncorking a wild pitch to put runners on second and third with two outs, but struck out Stephen Drew looking for his 19th save to push the Giants 1½ games ahead of Arizona.

"We were putting together good at-bats -- we've had a long string of that," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "I thought we had a real good shot in the ninth inning, just unable to get him in. The guy [Wilson] is pretty good out there."

This three-day meeting for first place features teams in different states of mind.

The Giants have had a rough go of defending their World Series title, battered and beaten down by a tough stretch in the schedule and a tougher stretch of injuries.

Catcher Buster Posey (ankle) is out for the season, second baseman Freddy Sanchez (shoulder) for who knows how long and rookie Brandon Belt (wrist) possibly another month. San Francisco had gone 20 days without a day off before traveling on Monday.

Despite the roster attrition, the Giants have stayed near the top of the NL West, winning eight of 12 games to enter the series against Arizona a half-game ahead. They also got slugging third baseman Pablo Sandoval back after more than a month on the DL with a broken right wrist.

The Diamondbacks had made a surprising run toward the top.

Already 6½ games out of first at the end of April, Arizona turned it around quickly in May, a 15-2 stretch igniting seven victories in 10 series. The Diamondbacks were coming off three consecutive road victories against Florida, moving them seven games above .500 for the first time since Aug. 23, 2008 (68-61).

A rare off night by Collmenter spoiled a chance to keep it going.

Sandoval had a run-scoring off him in the first, then Cain helped himself with a sacrifice bunt to score another run in the fourth. Ross made it 5-0 in the fifth with his RBI double and run on the double steal.

Collmenter allowed five runs -- one fewer than his previous 14 outings combined -- eight hits and walked three.

"There were a couple of close pitches, but I wasn't commanding the zone like I usually am," said Collmenter, who had his 13-inning scoreless streak end in the first inning. "Wasn't able to pound strikes and get ahead. I was falling behind too much."

Cain nearly gave almost all of it back.

The right-hander had the Diamondbacks guessing through four innings before Ryan Roberts drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the fifth. Montero made what had been a one-sided game close with one swing of the bat the next inning, lifting his three-run homer to right.

Schierholtz put San Francisco up two with a double in the seventh inning, an important run after Arizona's Justin Upton hit run-scoring double down the line in left in the bottom half made it 6-5.

Upton's hit chased Cain, who allowed five runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings.

"I just need to stay locked in and I didn't do that the last couple of innings," said Cain, who has a five-game winning streak against Arizona.

San Francisco's bullpen made sure it didn't hurt him.

Notes

  • Despite a temperature of 104 at first pitch, the roof at Chase Field was open for the game.
  • Arizona CF Chris Young saw his errorless streak end at 66 games when he booted Schierholtz's double in the seventh.
  • Cain has pitched 1,188 career innings, passing John Montefusco for eighth on San Francisco's all-time list.
 
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Brian Wilson has an adventurous ninth inning before finishing it with a strikeout and a handshake from catcher Chris Stewart.  (AP)
Brian Wilson has an adventurous ninth inning before finishing it with a strikeout and a handshake from catcher Chris Stewart. (AP)

Players of the Game
Arizona

M. Montero
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
San Francisco

C. Ross
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andres Torres, CF4110113 .254
Emmanuel Burriss, 2B4020001 .267
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4111103 .310
Aubrey Huff, 1B3210211 .235
Nate Schierholtz, RF5011026 .261
Cody Ross, LF4222113 .268
Brandon Crawford, SS5020012 .224
Eli Whiteside, C3010102 .206
    Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
    Javier Lopez, P0000000 .000
    Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
Matt Cain, P1001010 .100
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
   a- Chris Stewart, PH-C1000001 .111
Totals34611567  
a-fouled out-bunting for Affeldt in the 8th
Batting
2B - Nate Schierholtz (8, Heilman), Cody Ross 2 (12, Collmenter, Collmenter)
SH - Emmanuel Burriss (4), Matt Cain 2 (4)
RBI - Pablo Sandoval (15), Nate Schierholtz (20), Cody Ross 2 (21), Matt Cain (2)
2-OUT RBI - Cody Ross 2 (14)
CS - Brandon Crawford (3, 2nd base by Collmenter/Montero)
Team LOB - 10
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Matt Cain (W,6-4) 6.2855241 3.61
Jeremy Affeldt (H,7) 0.1000000 4.10
Sergio Romo0000100 2.29
Javier Lopez (H,10) 1000000 2.81
Brian Wilson (S,19) 1000210 2.61
WP - Matt Cain (3), Brian Wilson (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Cain 105-66, Jeremy Affeldt 4-2, Sergio Romo 7-3, Javier Lopez 9-8, Brian Wilson 25-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Cain 7-9, Jeremy Affeldt 1-0, Javier Lopez 2-1, Brian Wilson 1-1
Batters Faced - Matt Cain 30, Jeremy Affeldt 1, Sergio Romo 1, Javier Lopez 3, Brian Wilson 5
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ryan Roberts, 3B4001002 .256
Kelly Johnson, 2B4000112 .214
Justin Upton, RF4021120 .281
Stephen Drew, SS5110024 .291
Chris Young, CF2110200 .251
Miguel Montero, C4113003 .282
Xavier Nady, 1B4110001 .267
Gerardo Parra, LF4010002 .275
Josh Collmenter, P0000000 .154
   a- Juan Miranda, PH0000100 .244
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
    Joe Paterson, P0000000 .000
   b- Sean Burroughs, PH1110000 .286
    Esmerling Vasquez, P0000000 .000
    David Hernandez, P0000000 .000
   c- Willie Bloomquist, PH1000000 .250
Totals3358555  
a-walked for Collmenter in the 5th
b-doubled for Paterson in the 7th
c-grounded out for Hernandez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Justin Upton (17, Cain), Stephen Drew (15, Cain), Xavier Nady (9, Cain), Sean Burroughs (1, Cain)
HR - Miguel Montero (8, Cain)
SF - Ryan Roberts (2)
SH - Josh Collmenter (1)
RBI - Ryan Roberts (29), Justin Upton (34), Miguel Montero 3 (36)
2-OUT RBI - Justin Upton (16)
SB - Justin Upton (12, 2nd base off Cain/Whiteside)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Chris Young (1, Misplayed grounder)
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Josh Collmenter (L,4-2) 5855340 1.86
Aaron Heilman 1.2211110 7.50
Joe Paterson 0.1000010 3.24
Esmerling Vasquez 1100100 3.33
David Hernandez 1000110 2.90
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Collmenter 96-63, Aaron Heilman 27-16, Joe Paterson 4-3, Esmerling Vasquez 18-9, David Hernandez 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Collmenter 5-5, Aaron Heilman 2-2, Esmerling Vasquez 1-2, David Hernandez 2-0
Batters Faced - Josh Collmenter 25, Aaron Heilman 8, Joe Paterson 1, Esmerling Vasquez 5, David Hernandez 4
Game Information
Attendance - 23746
Game Time - 3:15
Temperature - 104
Umpires - Home - Victor Carapazza, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - Doug Eddings