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D-Backs recover after blowing lead, beat Giants in 11th

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Didi Gregorius had a pretty good view from third base when Giants reliever Santiago Casilla's wild pitch skipped past catcher Buster Posey and went to the backstop in the 11th inning.

Arizona's speedy shortstop, who alertly went to second base earlier in the inning when outfielder Andres Torres casually fielded his one-out hit, immediately broke for the plate.

In the process, he erased the memories of a blown four-run lead and kept the Diamondbacks unbeaten in extra innings this season.

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"I was getting a lead and [third base coach Matt Williams] told me to be ready in case he threw something in the dirt," Gregorius said after scoring the go-ahead run in Arizona's 6-4 victory against San Francisco on Tuesday night. "From the side I had a good angle, so as soon as I saw it I went. That's why I scored."

The Diamondbacks won for only the third time in eight games but improved to 4-0 in extra-inning games despite blowing a late lead for the second time in two days.

Gregorius was hitless in four at-bats before doubling off Casilla (2-2). Pinch-hitter Alfredo Marte reached when first baseman Brandon Belt was charged with an error for bobbling a throw from third baseman Pablo Sandoval. Casilla then threw a wild pitch to Gerardo Parra that bounced to the backstop, allowing Gregorius to score.

Parra followed with an RBI double to make it 6-4.

"We made some good plays when we had to and they made a couple mistakes and we capitalized on that," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "We played a clean game, made good plays. We've been good at that all year."

San Francisco got the potential tying run to the plate in the bottom of the 11th, but Matt Reynolds got Torres to ground into a double play and then retired Brandon Crawford for his first career save.

Brad Ziegler (1-0) pitched a scoreless inning for the win.

"That's the spirit of this team," Ziegler said. "We'd prefer to jump out to a big lead early and kind of coast to the victory but when that doesn't happen we know we have a lot of guys on this team that are going to fight to the last out."

The Diamondbacks, who twice blew two-run leads in Monday's 5-4 loss in the series opener, led 4-0 before the Giants scored twice in the eighth and tied it in the ninth on Belt's pinch-hit, two-run homer off closer J.J. Putz, who has blown three saves in six tries this season.

San Francisco also put two runners on in the 10th but failed to score when Sandoval was thrown out at home plate by Arizona right fielder and former teammate Cody Ross following Hunter Pence's two-out single.

"We got the hit we were looking for," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "(Ross) just made the play."

The loss ended San Francisco's nine-game winning streak against NL West opponents and stopped the Giants' seven-game streak at AT&T Park.

Arizona took a 2-0 lead against Giants starter Matt Cain in the first with some help from San Francisco's defense.

Crawford bobbled Parra's grounder to shortstop for an error and Martin Prado followed with a single. Paul Goldschmidt's looping double that landed just inside the foul line near the Diamondbacks' bullpen drove in Parra, and Prado scored on Miguel Montero's groundout.

Goldschmidt's two-run homer on a 3-1 pitch from Cain in the third put Arizona up 4-0.

Cain, an All-Star each of the past two seasons, gave up four runs in six innings and lowered his ERA from 7.15 to 6.59. He had six strikeouts and walked one but remains the only San Francisco starter without a win this season.

It's also the longest Cain has gone winless to begin a year since his third full season in 2008 when he didn't get his first win until his sixth start.

Arizona starter Patrick Corbin carried a shutout into the eighth but left with his second straight no-decision after another meltdown by the Diamondbacks' bullpen. Corbin allowed six hits, struck out seven and didn't walk a batter for the first time this season. He also doubled in the seventh for his first hit of the year.

Torres singled leading off the eighth and scored on Crawford's triple. Pinch-hitter Hector Sanchez's groundout drove in Crawford to cut Arizona's lead to 4-2.

After Angel Pagan singled, David Hernandez replaced Corbin and retired Marco Scutaro. Sandoval singled Pagan to third but Hernandez, who a night earlier gave up a tying homer to Posey, got the NL MVP to pop out softly to end the inning.

Pence doubled off Putz to open the ninth before Belt hit his first career pinch-hit home run, a towering shot into the right-field arcade.

Notes

  • Giants closer Sergio Romo had not issued a walk in 38 consecutive appearances until Ross drew a free pass in the 10th.
  • Cain has allowed six home runs during his past three starts.
  • RHP Ian Kennedy (1-2) pitches for Arizona on Wednesday and is unbeaten in his past seven games against San Francisco.
  • Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner, who starts the second game of the series, was winless in three games against the Diamondbacks in 2012.
 
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Didi Gregorius scores the Diamondbacks' go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the 11th inning. (USATSI)
Didi Gregorius scores the Diamondbacks' go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the 11th inning. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Arizona

P. Goldschmidt
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
San Francisco

B. Belt
AB 2
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gerardo Parra, LF6111031 .291
Martin Prado, 2B5210111 .239
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B5123021 .329
Miguel Montero, C5011000 .206
Cody Ross, RF4020111 .297
Eric Chavez, 3B4010103 .227
A.J. Pollock, CF5000013 .283
Didi Gregorius, SS5110010 .400
Patrick Corbin, P3010010 .125
    David Hernandez, P0000000 .000
   a- Eric Hinske, PH1000010 .167
    J.J. Putz, P0000000 .000
    Brad Ziegler, P0000000 .000
   b- Alfredo Marte, PH1100000 .172
    Matt Reynolds, P0000000 .000
Totals446105311  
a-struck out for Hernandez in the 9th
b-grounded out for Ziegler in the 11th
Batting
2B - Gerardo Parra (8, Casilla), Paul Goldschmidt (6, Cain), Didi Gregorius (2, Casilla), Patrick Corbin (1, Lopez)
HR - Paul Goldschmidt (4, Cain)
RBI - Gerardo Parra (4), Paul Goldschmidt 3 (16), Miguel Montero (10)
CS - Gerardo Parra (3, 3rd base by Casilla/Posey)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Cody Ross 1
DP - Prado-Goldschmidt
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Patrick Corbin 7.1622070 1.71
David Hernandez (H,5) 0.2100000 2.79
J.J. Putz (BS,3) 1222011 5.00
Brad Ziegler (W,1-0) 1200100 1.54
Matt Reynolds (S,1) 1100000 0.00
IBB - Posey by Brad Ziegler
WP - Patrick Corbin (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Patrick Corbin 96-70, David Hernandez 4-4, J.J. Putz 16-11, Brad Ziegler 15-9, Matt Reynolds 11-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Patrick Corbin 5-10, J.J. Putz 2-0, Brad Ziegler 2-0, Matt Reynolds 2-0
Batters Faced - Patrick Corbin 28, David Hernandez 3, J.J. Putz 5, Brad Ziegler 5, Matt Reynolds 3
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Angel Pagan, CF5020000 .293
Marco Scutaro, 2B5000012 .227
Pablo Sandoval, 3B5020001 .308
Buster Posey, C4010113 .250
Hunter Pence, RF5130013 .277
Joaquin Arias, 1B3000031 .174
   a- Brandon Belt, PH-1B2122000 .222
Andres Torres, LF5110012 .293
Brandon Crawford, SS5111011 .296
Matt Cain, P1000000 .000
   b- Guillermo Quiroz, PH1000000 .500
    Javier Lopez, P0000000 .000
    George Kontos, P0000000 .000
   c- Hector Sanchez, PH1001000 .176
    Jean Machi, P0000000 .000
   d- Gregor Blanco, PH1000000 .269
    Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
    Santiago Casilla, P0000000 .000
Totals43412418  
a-homered for Arias in the 9th
b-fouled out for Cain in the 6th
c-grounded out for Kontos in the 8th
d-grounded out for Machi in the 9th
Batting
2B - Angel Pagan (4, Corbin), Pablo Sandoval (4, Ziegler), Hunter Pence (3, Putz)
3B - Brandon Crawford (1, Corbin)
HR - Brandon Belt (1, Putz)
RBI - Brandon Belt 2 (8), Brandon Crawford (8), Hector Sanchez (1)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Scutaro-Arias
E - Brandon Belt (1, Missed catch of throw), Brandon Crawford (3, Misplayed grounder), Pablo Sandoval (2, Throwing)
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Matt Cain 6543161 6.59
Javier Lopez 0.2100020 2.45
George Kontos 1.1100120 5.40
Jean Machi 1000010 0.00
Sergio Romo 1100100 1.80
Santiago Casilla (L,2-2) 1221000 2.45
WP - Santiago Casilla (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Cain 90-60, Javier Lopez 7-7, George Kontos 29-18, Jean Machi 7-6, Sergio Romo 15-9, Santiago Casilla 23-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Cain 9-4, George Kontos 2-0, Sergio Romo 1-2, Santiago Casilla 2-1
Batters Faced - Matt Cain 25, Javier Lopez 3, George Kontos 6, Jean Machi 3, Sergio Romo 5, Santiago Casilla 5
Game Information
Attendance - 41955
Game Time - 3:22
Temperature - 63
Umpires - Home - John Tumpane, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Doug Eddings