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San Francisco at Arizona

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San Francisco (33-29) «2011100106121
Arizona (35-28)000200000262

Giants win series to creep closer to D-Backs in West

CBSSports.com wire reports
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PHOENIX -- A stomach ache struck Chad Gaudin just before he took the mound for San Francisco on Sunday.

No matter.

The Arizona Diamondbacks still could do little damage against the ailing right-hander.

Gaudin, who said he threw up a couple of times while his team was at-bat during the game, pitched six strong innings for the second straight start in the Giants' 6-2 victory on Sunday.

Gaudin (2-1), normally a long reliever who was filling in for the injured Ryan Vogelsong, struck out seven and walked one intentionally.

Not that he felt great doing it.

"This came on like right at the start," Gaudin said. "I thought maybe it was nerves in the beginning but it wasn't. It just kind of lingered on during the whole game. So I just had to battle it and get it through."

The Giants took two of three in Arizona to move to 1 1/2 games behind the first-place Diamondbacks in the NL West. Colorado, a winner in extra innings over San Diego, also is 1 1/2 back.

San Francisco, 5-1 at Arizona this season, won the last two games of the series by a combined score of 16-7 after losing the opener 3-1 on a late homer by Paul Goldschmidt.

"We're a better offensive team than what we've been doing the last couple of weeks," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "Every team goes through it. We went through a tough stretch here. It's good to see the bats come to life. It seems they got some confidence going last night and carried that into today."

Marco Scutaro had three hits, including a solo home run, scoring twice. Brandon Belt also had a solo home run.

"The last couple of days we played as a team. We played good defense with good pitching and we scored some runs," Scutaro said. "Hopefully we can keep doing that for the next series."

Both homers came off Tyler Skaggs (1-1), who gave up five runs on eight hits in five innings.

"He didn't have very good command and he got behind a lot of guys," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "The first inning was kind of tricky for him. The two hits they got they didn't smash them, they dropped them in."

The Giants got to Skaggs for four singles and a walk before he recorded an out.

San Francisco opened the game with singles by Andres Torres, Scutaro and Buster Posey to make it 1-0. Hunter Pence walked, then Joaquin Arias' RBI single put the Giants up 2-0.

Gaudin retired the first eight batters before Cliff Pennington's one-out single in the third. Skaggs reached when Gaudin bobbled his sacrifice bunt attempt, then threw wide to first, but Gerardo Parra flew out to center and Didi Gregorius struck out to end the threat.

Scutaro's solo shot high off the foul pole in left for his second home run put San Francisco up 4-0 in the fourth.

Arizona broke through with two in the fourth. Miguel Montero singled with one out, then after Martin Prado was called out on strikes, to his vehement objection that the pitch was low, Jason Kubel singled to put runners at first and second. Montero scored on A.J. Pollock's bloop single, then Kubel came home from third when Gaudin was called for a balk.

San Francisco made it 6-2 in the eighth when Gregor Blanco tripled to the right field corner off Matt Reynolds and scored on Torres' sacrifice fly to left.

There were several standout defensive plays, two of them in the first inning.

First, Arizona second baseman Pennington made a nifty over-his head catch of Juan Perez's pop foul.

Then Perez, in his major-league debut, slammed into the wall in front of the swimming pool in left-center as he caught Goldschmidt's deep drive. Perez got up slowly but jogged off the field and stayed in the game.

"I was just hoping it wouldn't go out and the next thing I know he's catching it," Bochy said. "What a great play he made. He bruised his ribs pretty good. After all the adrenalin rubbed off he was pretty sore."

Perez said he felt he would be fine.

Pence, the right-fielder, caught another shot by Goldschmidt to the fence to end the fifth inning.

In the fifth, Parra barehanded Torres' hit to right field and threw to second to force out Gaudin on a nice catch by shortstop Gregorius. Gaugin had reached on the first baseman Goldschmidt's third error of the season.

Notes

  • Goldschmidt was 0 for 4 and ended his string of RBI in eight straight games, which had tied a franchise record.
  • Bochy said after the game that while the MRI on Pablo Sandoval showed no damage, the third baseman could be headed to the DL. Sandoval left Saturday night's game in the third inning after aggravating a left foot strain that sidelined him for two games last week.
  • The three games against San Francisco were Arizona's only home contests in a stretch of 17.
  • The Giants travel to Pittsburgh, sending RHP Tim Lincecum (4-5, 4.75 ERA) to the mound against the Pirates' Gerrit Cole in Monday night's opener. Arizona goes to Los Angeles, where LHP Wade Miley (4-5. 4.92) starts for the Diamondbacks against LHP Clayton Kershaw (5-4, 1.93).
  • With 38,222 on hand Sunday, the total for the weekend was 120,338 -- most at Chase Field for a three-game series since Sept. 23-25, 2011, also against the Giants.
 
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Hunter Pence leaps to make the grab at the wall in the fifth inning of San Francisco's win in Arizona. (USATSI)
Hunter Pence leaps to make the grab at the wall in the fifth inning of San Francisco's win in Arizona. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

M. Scutaro
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
San Francisco

C. Gaudin
IP 6.0
H 5
ER 2
BB 1
K 7
 
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andres Torres, LF4111001 .263
Marco Scutaro, 2B4231101 .332
Buster Posey, C5021012 .302
Hunter Pence, RF4120110 .291
Joaquin Arias, 3B5011001 .220
Brandon Belt, 1B4111104 .251
Juan Perez, CF3011003 .333
   a- Tony Abreu, PH1000001 .000
    Jose Mijares, P0000000 .000
    Jean Machi, P0000000 .000
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
    Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
Brandon Crawford, SS3000113 .288
Chad Gaudin, P3000022 .000
    Gregor Blanco, CF1110000 .269
Totals37612645  
a-grounded into a double play for Perez in the 7th
Batting
2B - Hunter Pence (18, Skaggs)
3B - Gregor Blanco (3, M. Reynolds)
HR - Marco Scutaro (2, Skaggs), Brandon Belt (7, Skaggs)
SF - Andres Torres (2)
RBI - Andres Torres (13), Marco Scutaro (15), Buster Posey (35), Joaquin Arias (5), Brandon Belt (29), Juan Perez (1)
2-OUT RBI - Juan Perez (1)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Chad Gaudin (1, Throwing)
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chad Gaudin (W,2-1) 6522170 2.32
Jose Mijares (H,2) 1100000 2.08
Jean Machi 0.1000000 2.33
Jeremy Affeldt 1000020 2.49
Sergio Romo 0.2000010 2.52
IBB - Pennington by Chad Gaudin
Pitches-Strikes - Chad Gaudin 84-54, Jose Mijares 11-7, Jean Machi 4-3, Jeremy Affeldt 12-7, Sergio Romo 6-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Gaudin 4-8, Jean Machi 1-0, Jeremy Affeldt 1-0
Batters Faced - Chad Gaudin 25, Jose Mijares 4, Jean Machi 1, Jeremy Affeldt 3, Sergio Romo 2
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gerardo Parra, RF4010002 .313
Didi Gregorius, SS4000023 .308
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B4000010 .320
Miguel Montero, C4110010 .207
Martin Prado, 3B4000021 .248
Jason Kubel, LF4120010 .254
A.J. Pollock, CF4011021 .267
Cliff Pennington, 2B3010100 .236
Tyler Skaggs, P1000012 .333
    Brad Ziegler, P0000000 .000
   a- Willie Bloomquist, PH1000000 .480
    Matt Reynolds, P0000000 .000
    Will Harris, P0000000 .000
Totals33261110  
a-popped out for Ziegler in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jason Kubel (5, Gaudin)
SH - Tyler Skaggs (1)
RBI - A.J. Pollock (22)
2-OUT RBI - A.J. Pollock (4)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Gerardo Parra 1
DP - Pennington-Gregorius-Goldschmidt, Pennington-Gregorius-Goldschmidt
E - Paul Goldschmidt (3, Missed catch of throw), Martin Prado (4, Throwing)
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tyler Skaggs (L,1-1) 5855342 5.40
Brad Ziegler 2200100 2.40
Matt Reynolds 1211000 1.98
Will Harris 1000010 3.18
IBB - Crawford by Tyler Skaggs, Belt by Brad Ziegler
Pitches-Strikes - Tyler Skaggs 102-63, Brad Ziegler 20-14, Matt Reynolds 17-12, Will Harris 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tyler Skaggs 5-7, Brad Ziegler 4-0, Matt Reynolds 1-2, Will Harris 2-0
Batters Faced - Tyler Skaggs 27, Brad Ziegler 7, Matt Reynolds 5, Will Harris 3
Game Information
Attendance - 38222
Game Time - 2:58
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Mark Ripperger, Second Base - Al Porter, Third Base - Greg Gibson