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D-Backs' Kennedy gets win 21; no playoffs for S.F.

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PHOENIX -- Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson is looking for a strong finish heading into the postseason.

Sure looked pretty good Saturday night.

Ian Kennedy pitched six innings to earn his NL-best 21st win and Arizona routed the San Francisco Giants 15-2, eliminating the defending World Series champions from the postseason picture.

"We played good today, we played very loose," Gibson said. "You got out in the first inning like that, having Ian on the mound settle things down, pitched well, got to play everybody, pitched a lot of guys and managed (Kennedy's) pitch count."

Gerardo Parra had two hits and four RBI for the Diamondbacks, who scored six times in the first and equaled their highest scoring game of the season. Ryan Roberts drove in three runs.

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Arizona also matched a franchise record with 13 walks one night after it beat San Francisco 3-1 to clinch the NL West title. The Diamondbacks also had 13 walks in a 5-4, 13-inning victory against Houston on June 5, 2002.

The 13 walks also tied a San Francisco record, accomplished three times previously.

"It was an ugly game," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It started out bad and got worse. We walked 13 hitters, and that should not happen."

San Francisco was eliminated from the wild-card race with the loss. The Giants fell behind Arizona when they lost to Pittsburgh on Aug. 10 and never regained first place in the division.

Kennedy (21-4) allowed two runs and five hits, struck out four and walked two. The right-hander is 6-0 with a 1.66 ERA in his last seven starts.

The Diamondbacks remained one game back of Milwaukee for the second-best record in the National League, with home-field advantage for the first round of the playoffs at stake.

"We want to go out there and give 100 percent and we don't want to give any games away and tonight was no different," Roberts said.

Arizona jumped out to a quick lead against Eric Surkamp (2-1), who walked four and recorded just two outs. Roberts and Parra each had a two-run single, and Kennedy capped the big first inning with a two-run double.

The Giants experienced some bad luck on Parra's hit, with second baseman Mike Fontenot running into second base umpire Bruce Dreckman. The collision allowed the routine grounder to go into center field, scoring Paul Goldschmidt and Roberts.

The Diamondbacks added five more runs in the sixth, and the rout was on. Roberts had another run-scoring single, lumbering catcher Henry Blanco tripled home a run and pinch-hitter Sean Burroughs added an RBI single for an 11-2 lead.

Pablo Sandoval had two RBI for San Francisco, which allowed a season high for runs.

The Diamondbacks improved to 92-66, tying for the third-most victories in franchise history. They won 100 in 1999 and 96 in 2002.

Notes

  • With the Diamondbacks batting in the bottom of the seventh, Chase Field experienced a power failure. Play resumed after a delay of 27 minutes.
  • Gibson announced starter Jarrod Parker, the team's top draft pick in 2007, will make his major league debut Tuesday against the Dodgers.
  • Blanco's triple was the 11th of his career and his first since Sept. 10, 2006, with the Chicago Cubs.
  • When the Giants return home Monday, they will set an single-season franchise attendance record. In 2011, they sold 3,261,104 tickets, and will sell out every game.
  • Tim Lincecum (13-13, 2.59 ERA) will start for the Giants on Sunday, and Josh Collmenter (9-10, 3.42) will pitch for Arizona.
  • The crowd of 49,076 was the third sellout of the season for the Diamondbacks.
 
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Ian Kennedy allows two runs and five hits through six dominant innings against  the Giants.  (Getty Images)
Ian Kennedy allows two runs and five hits through six dominant innings against the Giants. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Arizona

G. Parra
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 4
San Francisco

P. Sandoval
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Justin Christian, CF4110012 .244
    Steve Edlefsen, P0000000 .000
    Dan Runzler, P0000000 .000
Mike Fontenot, 2B-3B4110001 .222
Carlos Beltran, RF2000101 .302
    Andres Torres, RF1010000 .221
Pablo Sandoval, 3B3022000 .315
    Darren Ford, CF1010000 .286
Brett Pill, 1B4000003 .289
Brandon Belt, LF4010023 .222
Hector Sanchez, C4010011 .240
Brandon Crawford, SS3010102 .198
Eric Surkamp, P0000000 .143
    Guillermo Mota, P1000001 .100
   a- Conor Gillaspie, PH1000001 .231
    Barry Zito, P0000000 .000
    Waldis Joaquin, P0000000 .000
   b- Emmanuel Burriss, PH-2B2000002 .209
Totals3429224  
a-flied out for Mota in the 5th
b-popped out for Joaquin in the 7th
Batting
2B - Justin Christian (4, Kennedy), Andres Torres (24, Duke), Pablo Sandoval (26, Kennedy), Brandon Belt (6, Castillo)
RBI - Pablo Sandoval 2 (70)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Justin Christian 1
DP - Crawford-Fontenot-Pill
PB - Hector Sanchez (2)
E - Brandon Belt (4, Missed catch of throw)
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Eric Surkamp (L,2-1) 0.2366400 5.32
Guillermo Mota 3.1300230 3.65
Barry Zito 1222300 5.98
Waldis Joaquin 1333100 4.26
Steve Edlefsen 1.2444300 9.82
Dan Runzler 0.1000010 6.49
WP - Waldis Joaquin 2 (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Eric Surkamp 41-19, Guillermo Mota 58-31, Barry Zito 35-17, Waldis Joaquin 27-14, Steve Edlefsen 46-22, Dan Runzler 4-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Eric Surkamp 1-0, Guillermo Mota 2-5, Barry Zito 2-0, Waldis Joaquin 1-2, Steve Edlefsen 3-2
Batters Faced - Eric Surkamp 8, Guillermo Mota 15, Barry Zito 7, Waldis Joaquin 7, Steve Edlefsen 12, Dan Runzler 1
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Willie Bloomquist, SS6010004 .266
Aaron Hill, 2B4320102 .247
    Zach Duke, P0000000 .300
   a- Robby Hammock, PH1000000 .000
    Alberto Castillo, P0000000 .000
Chris Young, CF2200210 .234
   b- Geoff Blum, PH-3B1211100 .209
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B1200310 .254
   c- Lyle Overbay, PH-1B1111100 .231
Ryan Roberts, 3B-2B5223113 .251
Gerardo Parra, RF3024102 .296
Collin Cowgill, LF-CF5122000 .229
Henry Blanco, C3211211 .247
Ian Kennedy, P2022100 .131
   d- Sean Burroughs, PH1011000 .271
    Ryan Cook, P0000000 .000
   e- Cole Gillespie, PH-LF1000002 .000
Totals36151515134  
a-grounded out for Duke in the 8th
b-doubled for Young in the 7th
c-walked for Goldschmidt in the 7th
d-singled for Kennedy in the 6th
e-hit into fielder's choice for Cook in the 7th
Batting
2B - Geoff Blum (2, Edlefsen), Lyle Overbay (20, Edlefsen), Gerardo Parra (20, Edlefsen), Collin Cowgill (2, Surkamp), Ian Kennedy (3, Mota)
3B - Henry Blanco (1, Joaquin)
SF - Gerardo Parra (2)
RBI - Geoff Blum (8), Lyle Overbay (46), Ryan Roberts 3 (61), Gerardo Parra 4 (46), Collin Cowgill 2 (8), Henry Blanco (11), Ian Kennedy 2 (4), Sean Burroughs (8)
2-OUT RBI - Lyle Overbay (17), Henry Blanco (4), Ian Kennedy 2 (2), Sean Burroughs (4)
SB - Aaron Hill (20, 3rd base off Surkamp/H. Sanchez), Chris Young (22, 2nd base off Surkamp/H. Sanchez), Collin Cowgill (4, 3rd base off Surkamp/H. Sanchez)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Hill-Bloomquist-Goldschmidt, Bloomquist-Roberts-Overbay
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ian Kennedy (W,21-4) 6522240 2.88
Ryan Cook 1100000 7.11
Zach Duke 1200000 4.93
Alberto Castillo 1100000 2.53
Pitches-Strikes - Ian Kennedy 86-58, Ryan Cook 16-11, Zach Duke 12-9, Alberto Castillo 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ian Kennedy 6-7, Zach Duke 2-0, Alberto Castillo 2-1
Batters Faced - Ian Kennedy 24, Ryan Cook 4, Zach Duke 4, Alberto Castillo 4
Game Information
Attendance - 49076
Game Time - 3:13
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Paul Emmel, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Bruce Dreckman, Third Base - Gary Darling