Rodriguez strong, D-backs' Miller falters in Giants' 7-0 win

PHOENIX (AP) For the second night in a row, a young San Francisco pitcher shut down the Arizona Diamondbacks.

This time, Dereck Rodriguez blanked them into the seventh inning and the Giants made it two straight wins in Arizona with a 7-0 victory Saturday.

Rodriguez's performance came a night after Andrew Suarez allowed one run in six innings during San Francisco's 2-1 series-opening victory. The NL West-leading Diamondbacks have managed just one run in the last 18 innings.

''It's big,'' Rodriguez said. ''They're leading our division and we come in and shut them down. That's big for our team and our pitching staff, gives us some momentum.''

Brandon Crawford, Andrew McCutchen and Joe Panik homered on another rough night for Shelby Miller, who struggled in his second start since returning from Tommy John surgery.

Panik's homer, off reliever Jimmie Sherfy in the eighth, was his first since April 3, a span of 162 at-bats.

Ty Blach and Cory Gearrin completed San Francisco's 10th shutout of the season.

''Overall just a well-played game,'' Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. ''We got the hits, the runs to give us a cushion there and what a job Rodriguez did. He followed up a great start. He's been throwing the ball terrific.''

The Giants have won nine of 11 to pull into a tie with the Los Angeles Dodgers for second in the NL West, 3 1/2 games behind the first-place Diamondbacks. San Francisco can complete a three-game road sweep on Sunday.

Since returning from an 8-2 trip, the Diamondbacks have dropped two to the Giants by a combined score of 9-1.

''An unfortunate offensive night for us once again,'' manager Torey Lovullo said. ''We didn't build as big of innings as last night but we had a couple opportunities and we really couldn't cash in.''

Rodriguez (3-1), the son of Hall of Fame catcher Ivan ''Pudge'' Rodriguez, dominated in his sixth major league start. He allowed six hits in 6 1/3 innings, struck out five and walked two. In his last two starts, the 26-year-old right-hander has given up one run in 13 1/3 innings.

Miller (0-2) was tagged for six runs and seven hits in five innings. He struck out six and walked one, throwing 96 pitches. In his debut Monday night at Miami, Miller gave up five runs and six hits in 3 2/3 innings of a 9-5 loss to the Marlins.

Miller said he is past being satisfied with getting through an outing healthy.

''We are getting close to the All-Star break and we are playing division teams that are right behind us trying to get first place away from us and I am going out there and not pitching well,'' he said. ''That is more what I am upset about. I am not really focused on the little positives that I can take from coming back from a major surgery, which is a pretty big deal, but it is getting at that point in the season where we have to win ballgames, and every single one that we can.''

Crawford and McCutchen each had a solo home run off Miller - Crawford in the second and McCutchen in the fourth.

Arizona's real trouble came in San Francisco's four-run third, which included five singles. One of them, a dribbler up the middle by Pablo Sandoval, drove in two runs. Crawford walked with the bases loaded to bring in another run.

ROTATION QUESTIONS

With right-handers Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija due back from the disabled list soon, there might not be room for Rodriguez and/or Suarez in the rotation.

''We want our guys back but at the same time when they're throwing like this it does give you the luxury of making sure your guys are ready,'' Bochy said. ''Depth is going to be so important. We're at the halfway point. You never know what can happen and it's been great the way Suarez and Rodriguez have come up here and handled themselves.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Giants: Cueto (right elbow sprain) threw four scoreless innings Friday night in his second rehab appearance for Triple-A Sacramento. He allowed four hits, struck out six and walked one.

Diamondbacks: INF Ketel Marte left with a right leg injury after beating out an infield single leading off the seventh. He was able to walk off under his own power. Lovullo said afterward it was a cramp and Marte is day to day. ... CF A.J. Pollock (broken left thumb) went 0 for 4 with Triple-A Reno in his first rehab game Friday night.

UP NEXT

Left-hander Derek Holland (5-7, 4.24 ERA) starts for the Giants in their bid for a three-game sweep. RHP Zack Godley (9-5, 4.58) goes for Arizona.

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  • W: D. Rodriguez (3-1)L: S. Miller (0-2)
  • HR: SF - A. McCutchen (9), B. Crawford (10), J. Panik (4)
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B. Posey C51300010.290.367.420.7863.5
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B. Belt 1B41100112.291.384.512.8962.5
B. Crawford SS32121211.313.375.505.8809.5
P. Sandoval 3B50120013.262.324.405.7292.5
J. Panik 2B31121010.250.325.367.6926.5
G. Hernandez CF40200010.287.341.474.8141.5
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T. Blach P10000010.040.111.040.151-0.5
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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    P. Goldschmidt 1B40000010.264.374.515.888-0.5
    J. Lamb 3B30000110.238.333.399.7320.5
    D. Peralta LF30200100.281.349.508.8575.0
    D. Descalso 2B40000032.254.352.488.840-1.5
    K. Marte SS30200001.245.298.413.7102.0
    N. Ahmed PR-SS10100000.221.280.407.6871.0
    J. Murphy C40100022.250.296.500.7960.0
    J. Dyson CF30100002.185.274.255.5291.0
    S. Miller P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    a- C. Walker PH10000011.158.273.368.641-0.5
    T. McFarland P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    • a-struck out for Miller in the 5th
    • b-lined out for McFarland in the 7th
    BATTING
    • HR - A. McCutchen (9), B. Crawford (10), J. Panik (4)
    • SF - J. Panik (2)
    • RBI - A. McCutchen (37), B. Crawford 2 (38), P. Sandoval 2 (28), J. Panik 2 (12)
    • 2-Out RBI - A. McCutchen (6)
    BATTING
    • 2B - D. Peralta 2 (16)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - A. Hanson, G. Hernandez (2)
    • E - B. Crawford (7)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Rodriguez (W, 3-1)6.16002503.161.3222.5
    T. Blach1.20000204.061.464.0
    C. Gearrin1.01000204.551.663.0
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Rodriguez (W, 3-1)6.1
    T. Blach1.2
    C. Gearrin1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    S. Miller (L, 0-2)5.096616211.422.08-3.0
    T. McFarland2.01000202.031.166.0
    J. Sherfy2.02112212.251.502.0
    PITCHERSIP
    S. Miller (L, 0-2)5.0
    T. McFarland2.0
    J. Sherfy2.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Rodriguez 102-68, T. Blach 21-16, C. Gearrin 16-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Rodriguez 8-4, T. Blach 1-2
    • Batters Faced - D. Rodriguez 25, T. Blach 5, C. Gearrin 4
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - S. Miller 96-62, T. McFarland 26-15, J. Sherfy 37-22
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Miller 6-3, T. McFarland 3-1, J. Sherfy 2-2
    • Batters Faced - S. Miller 25, T. McFarland 7, J. Sherfy 10
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    B. Belt 1B41100112.291.384.512.8962.5
    B. Crawford SS32121211.313.375.505.8809.5
    P. Sandoval 3B50120013.262.324.405.7292.5
    J. Panik 2B31121010.250.325.367.6926.5
    G. Hernandez CF40200010.287.341.474.8141.5
    D. Rodriguez P30000023.083.083.167.250-1.0
    T. Blach P10000010.040.111.040.151-0.5
    C. Gearrin P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Jay RF40000011.287.355.364.719-0.5
      P. Goldschmidt 1B40000010.264.374.515.888-0.5
      J. Lamb 3B30000110.238.333.399.7320.5
      D. Peralta LF30200100.281.349.508.8575.0
      D. Descalso 2B40000032.254.352.488.840-1.5
      K. Marte SS30200001.245.298.413.7102.0
      N. Ahmed PR-SS10100000.221.280.407.6871.0
      J. Murphy C40100022.250.296.500.7960.0
      J. Dyson CF30100002.185.274.255.5291.0
      S. Miller P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
      a- C. Walker PH10000011.158.273.368.641-0.5
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      • a-struck out for Miller in the 5th
      • b-lined out for McFarland in the 7th
      BATTING
      • HR - A. McCutchen (9), B. Crawford (10), J. Panik (4)
      • SF - J. Panik (2)
      • RBI - A. McCutchen (37), B. Crawford 2 (38), P. Sandoval 2 (28), J. Panik 2 (12)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. McCutchen (6)
      BATTING
      • 2B - D. Peralta 2 (16)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - A. Hanson, G. Hernandez (2)
      • E - B. Crawford (7)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Rodriguez (W, 3-1)6.16002503.161.3222.5
      T. Blach1.20000204.061.464.0
      C. Gearrin1.01000204.551.663.0
      Total9.0700290---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Rodriguez (W, 3-1)6.1
      T. Blach1.2
      C. Gearrin1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Miller (L, 0-2)5.096616211.422.08-3.0
      T. McFarland2.01000202.031.166.0
      J. Sherfy2.02112212.251.502.0
      Total9.012773103---
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Miller (L, 0-2)5.0
      T. McFarland2.0
      J. Sherfy2.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Rodriguez 102-68, T. Blach 21-16, C. Gearrin 16-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Rodriguez 8-4, T. Blach 1-2
      • Batters Faced - D. Rodriguez 25, T. Blach 5, C. Gearrin 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Miller 96-62, T. McFarland 26-15, J. Sherfy 37-22
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Miller 6-3, T. McFarland 3-1, J. Sherfy 2-2
      • Batters Faced - S. Miller 25, T. McFarland 7, J. Sherfy 10
      • 8TH INNING
        Panik homered to right70
      • 4TH INNING
        McCutchen homered to right60
      • 3RD INNING
        Panik hit sacrifice fly to center, Crawford scored50
        Sandoval singled to center, McCutchen and Belt scored, Crawford to third40
        Crawford walked, Posey scored, McCutchen to third, Belt to second20
      • 2ND INNING
        Crawford homered to right center10
      • 9TH INNING
        • J. Sherfy Pitching:
        • A. Hanson: Ball, Hanson grounded out to second
        • B. Posey: Posey singled to left
        • A. McCutchen: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, McCutchen fouled out to third
        • B. Belt: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Belt walked, Posey to second
        • B. Crawford: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Crawford walked, Posey to third, Belt to second
        • P. Sandoval: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Sandoval flied out to right
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Cory Gearrin relieved Ty Blach
        • D. Peralta: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Peralta flied out to left
        • D. Descalso: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Descalso struck out swinging
        • N. Ahmed: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ahmed singled to left
        • J. Murphy: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Jimmie Sherfy pitching
        • P. Sandoval: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Sandoval grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Panik: Panik homered to right
        • G. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
        • T. Blach: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Blach struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Blach Pitching:
        • J. Jay: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Jay struck out swinging
        • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt struck out swinging
        • J. Lamb: Strike looking, Strike looking, Lamb grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • T. McFarland Pitching:
        • B. Posey: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Posey struck out looking
        • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, McCutchen singled to right
        • B. Belt: Ball, Belt flied out to left
        • B. Crawford: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Crawford grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • K. Marte: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Marte reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • Nick Ahmed ran for Ketel Marte
        • J. Murphy: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
        • Ty Blach relieved Dereck Rodriguez
        • J. Dyson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Dyson popped out to second
        • Chris Owings hit for T.J. McFarland
        • C. Owings: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Owings lined out to second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • T.J. McFarland pitching
        • G. Hernandez: Ball, Hernandez grounded out to third
        • D. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Rodriguez struck out swinging
        • A. Hanson: Hanson grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Goldschmidt grounded out to first
        • J. Lamb: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Lamb grounded out to shortstop
        • D. Peralta: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Peralta walked
        • D. Descalso: Strike looking, Foul, Descalso flied out to deep right
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • S. Miller Pitching:
        • B. Crawford: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Crawford struck out swinging
        • P. Sandoval: Ball, Foul, Ball, Sandoval grounded out to first
        • J. Panik: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Panik struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • J. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Murphy fouled out to catcher
        • J. Dyson: Dyson reached on bunt single to second
        • Christian Walker hit for Shelby Miller
        • C. Walker: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Walker struck out swinging
        • J. Jay: Ball, Jay grounded out to first
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • S. Miller Pitching:
        • A. Hanson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Hanson flied out to deep center
        • B. Posey: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Posey grounded out to shortstop
        • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, McCutchen homered to right
        • B. Belt: Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul tip, Belt struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • J. Lamb: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Lamb struck out looking
        • D. Peralta: Strike looking, Foul, Peralta doubled to deep right
        • D. Descalso: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Descalso struck out swinging
        • K. Marte: Foul, Marte grounded out to first
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • S. Miller Pitching:
        • A. Hanson: Hanson grounded bunt out to third
        • B. Posey: Ball, Posey singled to deep right
        • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, McCutchen singled to center, Posey to second
        • B. Belt: Ball, Belt singled to left, Posey to third, McCutchen to second
        • B. Crawford: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Crawford walked, Posey scored, McCutchen to third, Belt to second
        • P. Sandoval: Foul, Sandoval singled to center, McCutchen and Belt scored, Crawford to third
        • J. Panik: Foul, Panik hit sacrifice fly to center, Crawford scored
        • G. Hernandez: Hernandez singled to center, Sandoval to second
        • D. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Foul, Rodriguez grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 3rd (4 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • S. Miller: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Miller grounded out to third
        • J. Jay: Strike looking, Jay grounded out to second
        • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Strike looking, Goldschmidt grounded out to second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • S. Miller Pitching:
        • B. Crawford: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Crawford homered to right center
        • P. Sandoval: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Sandoval struck out swinging
        • J. Panik: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Panik grounded out to first
        • G. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hernandez reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • D. Rodriguez: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Rodriguez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • D. Descalso: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Descalso struck out on foul tip
        • K. Marte: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Marte singled to left center, Marte out at second
        • J. Murphy: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Murphy reached on an infield single to shortstop, Murphy to second on shortstop Crawford fielding error
        • J. Dyson: Ball, Dyson flied out to center
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 1ST INNING
        • S. Miller Pitching:
        • A. Hanson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Hanson fouled out to catcher
        • B. Posey: Ball, Posey singled to right
        • A. McCutchen: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, McCutchen struck out looking
        • B. Belt: Ball, Strike swinging, Belt grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • J. Jay: Strike looking, Ball, Jay grounded out to second
        • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Goldschmidt lined out to right
        • J. Lamb: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Lamb walked
        • D. Peralta: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Peralta doubled to deep left, Lamb out at home
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)