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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."
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."
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.
|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|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Angel Pagan, CF||4||1||2||0||0||1||0||.289|
|Marco Scutaro, 2B||4||1||2||1||0||0||0||.296|
|Pablo Sandoval, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.279|
|Brandon Crawford, SS||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.246|
|Buster Posey, 1B||4||1||3||2||0||0||0||.333|
|Hunter Pence, RF||3||0||0||0||1||2||1||.259|
|Sergio Romo, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Joaquin Arias, SS-3B||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.278|
|Hector Sanchez, C||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.262|
|Gregor Blanco, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.237|
|Barry Zito, P||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.064|
|Santiago Casilla, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.500|
|Jeremy Affeldt, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Justin Christian, RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.118|
|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|
|DP - Crawford-Scutaro-Posey|
|E - Joaquin Arias (8, Misplayed grounder)|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Barry Zito (W,12-8)||6.2||6||1||1||1||4||1||4.21|
|Santiago Casilla (H,9)||0.2||0||1||1||1||1||0||2.70|
|Jeremy Affeldt (H,14)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.83|
|Sergio Romo (S,11)||1.1||2||0||0||0||1||0||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|
|Adam Eaton, CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.263|
|Aaron Hill, 2B||3||1||2||0||1||0||0||.299|
|Jason Kubel, LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.255|
|Paul Goldschmidt, 1B||4||0||1||1||0||0||2||.286|
|Justin Upton, RF||4||1||1||1||0||1||2||.270|
|Miguel Montero, C||3||0||2||0||1||0||0||.290|
|Tyler Graham, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chris Johnson, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||3||2||.276|
|John McDonald, SS||3||0||2||0||0||1||1||.235|
|a- Ryan Wheeler, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.232|
|Wade Miley, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.183|
|b- Chris Young, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.227|
|Brad Ziegler, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.333|
|J.J. Putz, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-grounded out for McDonald in the 9th|
|b-struck out for Miley in the 7th|
|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|
|DP - Johnson-Hill-Goldschmidt|
|E - Chris Johnson (18, Throwing)|
|Wade Miley (L,15-10)||7||8||3||3||1||4||1||3.10|
|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|
|Attendance - 39169|
|Game Time - 2:51|
|Temperature - 75|
|Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Jim Joyce, Second Base - Lance Barrett, Third Base - Jim Reynolds|