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Posey's two-run HR lifts Giants

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PHOENIX -- As the San Francisco Giants' lead in the NL West grows, the intensity remains the same.

"What's been nice is guys are continuing to go out with that fire and play hard," said Buster Posey, who had a two-run home run in the fifth to help the Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 on Saturday night.

"Nobody's taking anything for granted."

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Barry Zito scattered six hits and one run over 6 2/3 innings for the Giants, who have won four straight and 22 of their past 32. Zito (12-8) walked one and struck out four. Sergio Romo got the final four outs for his 11th save.

"It started with `Z' and what a job he did," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. "He threw a lot of strikes, made some quality pitches and did a tremendous job."

Zito's outing was his longest since an eight-inning stint on August 23. He gave way to Santiago Casilla after surrendering a two-out ground rule double to left by John McDonald.

The Giants are unbeaten in Zito's last eight starts.

"It's great to be out there and have a part of a win no matter how we get it," Zito said. "It's not about individual stats, it's about the team stats. My body feels good right now and I'm thankful for that."

Justin Upton hit his 14th home run for the Diamondbacks, who have scored four runs or fewer in 12 straight home games to match a franchise record.

"They are shutting us down," said Arizona manager Kirk Gibson. "This is the fourth time they have won this year when he's pitching against us. You'd like to think you could make an adjustment and beat him tonight."

Arizona starter Wade Miley (15-10) allowed three runs on eight hits and a walk over seven innings.

Posey broke a 1-all tie in the fifth with a two-out home run two rows deep into the right-field stands. The All-Star catcher is hitting .390 in 55 games since the All-Star break with 12 homers and 49 RBI.

"I made a bad pitch to Posey and he capitalized on it," Miley said. "He is a pretty good hitter and he does what you're supposed to do with that pitch. I tried to get a sinker down and off the plate. I was trying to get him to chase something off the plate."

The Diamondbacks cut the lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the eighth. Aaron Hill walked, went to second on a ground out and scored on Paul Goldschmidt's single off Romo, the Giants' third pitcher of the inning.

"We didn't have many [chances]," Gibson said. "We had a couple of chances with runners in scoring position and we scored only four runs in two nights."

San Francisco took a 1-0 lead two batters into the game when Angel Pagan tripled off the wall in left-center field and scored on a grounder to short by Marco Scutaro.

Upton tied the game in the bottom of the fourth with a solo shot to left-center field, his first homer in eight days and only his fifth against left-handed pitching this season.

Miley pitched into trouble in the fourth, loading the bases with a two-out walk to Hunter Pence, but retired Joaquin Arias on a fly ball to right to end the inning.

Notes

  • Miley threw 116 pitches, the third time he has reached that mark this season. In both previous games, he earned the victory.
  • Pagan's first-inning triple was his 13th of the season, a new San Francisco Giants' record. Willie Mays holds the franchise's overall mark with 20 triples in 1957. "Willie Mays is one of the best players to step on a baseball field," he said. "To be next to that name it very special."
  • Goldschmidt was caught stealing in the fourth for only the third time in 19 attempts.
  • Arizona OF Tyler Graham made his major league debut in the ninth when he pinch ran for Miguel Montero. Two pitches later, Hector Sanchez threw him out trying to steal second with a throw from his knees.
  • The Diamondbacks opened the retractable roof mid-game for the second time this season and first since a May 13 contest against the Giants.
  • RHP Ryan Vogelsong (12-8) will take the mound for the Giants in Sunday's series finale against Diamondbacks LHP Patrick Corbin (5-7). Vogelsong is 2/3 in his past six starts and has allowed 28 runs on 43 hits in 26 1/3 innings for a 9.57 ERA. Corbin also has struggled of late, posting an 0-3 record and 6.00 ERA in his past four starts.
  • The Diamondbacks staged their first-ever alumni contest after the game.
 
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Buster Posey breaks a 1-all tie in the fifth inning with a two-run home run in the Giants' victory over the Diamondbacks.   (Getty Images)
Buster Posey breaks a 1-all tie in the fifth inning with a two-run home run in the Giants' victory over the Diamondbacks. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Arizona

A. Hill
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
San Francisco

B. Posey
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Angel Pagan, CF4120010 .289
Marco Scutaro, 2B4121000 .296
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4000013 .279
    Brandon Crawford, SS0000000 .246
Buster Posey, 1B4132000 .333
Hunter Pence, RF3000121 .259
    Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
Joaquin Arias, SS-3B4010013 .278
Hector Sanchez, C4000022 .262
Gregor Blanco, LF4000011 .237
Barry Zito, P3000001 .064
    Santiago Casilla, P0000000 .500
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
    Justin Christian, RF1000000 .118
Totals3538318  
Batting
2B - Buster Posey (36, Miley)
3B - Angel Pagan (13, Miley)
HR - Buster Posey (22, Miley)
RBI - Marco Scutaro (61), Buster Posey 2 (92)
2-OUT RBI - Buster Posey 2 (27)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Crawford-Scutaro-Posey
E - Joaquin Arias (8, Misplayed grounder)
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Barry Zito (W,12-8) 6.2611141 4.21
Santiago Casilla (H,9) 0.2011110 2.70
Jeremy Affeldt (H,14) 0.1000000 2.83
Sergio Romo (S,11) 1.1200010 1.99
Pitches-Strikes - Barry Zito 99-63, Santiago Casilla 14-6, Jeremy Affeldt 5-3, Sergio Romo 21-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Barry Zito 7-8, Jeremy Affeldt 1-0, Sergio Romo 1-1
Batters Faced - Barry Zito 26, Santiago Casilla 3, Jeremy Affeldt 1, Sergio Romo 5
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Adam Eaton, CF4000001 .263
Aaron Hill, 2B3120100 .299
Jason Kubel, LF4000002 .255
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B4011002 .286
Justin Upton, RF4111012 .270
Miguel Montero, C3020100 .290
    Tyler Graham, PR0000000 .000
Chris Johnson, 3B4000032 .276
John McDonald, SS3020011 .235
   a- Ryan Wheeler, PH1000000 .232
Wade Miley, P2000001 .183
   b- Chris Young, PH1000011 .227
    Brad Ziegler, P0000000 .333
    J.J. Putz, P0000000 .000
Totals3328226  
a-grounded out for McDonald in the 9th
b-struck out for Miley in the 7th
Batting
2B - John McDonald (8, Zito)
HR - Justin Upton (14, Zito)
RBI - Paul Goldschmidt (70), Justin Upton (59)
2-OUT RBI - Paul Goldschmidt (32), Justin Upton (17)
CS - Paul Goldschmidt (3, 2nd base by Zito/H. Sanchez), Tyler Graham (1, 2nd base by Romo/H. Sanchez)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Johnson-Hill-Goldschmidt
E - Chris Johnson (18, Throwing)
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wade Miley (L,15-10) 7833141 3.10
Brad Ziegler 1000020 2.37
J.J. Putz 1000020 3.12
Pitches-Strikes - Wade Miley 116-71, Brad Ziegler 7-7, J.J. Putz 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wade Miley 8-9, Brad Ziegler 1-0
Batters Faced - Wade Miley 30, Brad Ziegler 3, J.J. Putz 3
Game Information
Attendance - 39169
Game Time - 2:51
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Jim Joyce, Second Base - Lance Barrett, Third Base - Jim Reynolds