Ahmed homers twice, Diamondbacks beat Giants 9-3

PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks are playing downhill baseball and moving up the standings.

Nick Ahmed homered twice and had four RBIs, Steven Souza Jr. drove in three more runs and the Diamondbacks jumped on the San Francisco Giants early for a 9-3 victory on Saturday night.

''Just momentum, you score first in the game - I don't know what the percentages are - but you have much higher likelihood to win the game,'' Ahmed said. ''We just try to jump out, attack early and have been doing a good job of that lately.''

Souza hit a two-run triple and Ketel Marte hit a two-run homer off Andrew Suarez (4-7) in Arizona's second-straight five-run first inning against the Giants. Arizona leads the majors with 92 first-inning runs and moved a game ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West after winning for the third time in four games.

Ahmed had run-scoring single in the first, a two-run homer in the fifth and a solo shot in the eighth.

''When I talk about downhill baseball, we eliminate a lot of the noise and go out there and play the game the way we know how,'' Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said.

Steven Duggar hit his first career home run and Andrew McCutchen had a solo shot for the only runs off Clay Buchholz (5-1), who won his fourth straight start. Buchholz struck out Evan Longoria with runners on second and third in the fourth inning, then put the Giants down in order the next two innings.

McCutchen had five hits and two RBIs from the leadoff spot.

''The leadoff hitter gets five hits, a home run, RBI double and you think we are in the game, but unfortunately we weren't,'' Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

The Diamondbacks jumped on starter Chris Stratton for five runs in the first inning of Friday's win and did the same against Suarez.

Souza had a two-run triple and Ahmed followed with a run-scoring single. Marte made it 2-0 with a no-doubt two-run homer to center, his 10th of the season. Marte joins Stephen Drew (three times), Steve Finley (twice) and David Peralta as the only Arizona players with 10 homers and 10 triples in a season.

Souza had a run-scoring double that just missed going out in center in the fifth inning. Ahmed followed with a shot to left that did clear the wall for a two-run homer to put Arizona up 8-2.

Suarez allowed eight runs on 10 hits in five innings.

''I fell behind in the count, they took advantage of it,'' Suarez said. ''I had some good pitches and they hit them.''

Buchholz was sharp except for a couple of breaking balls: One that McCutchen hit for a solo homer in the third inning, another Duggar hit for a solo shot in the fourth.

Buchholz allowed two runs on seven hits in six innings.

AHMED'S RISE

Ahmed was known mostly for his glove his first four big-league seasons, hitting no more than nine homers and a career-best of 34 RBIs.

The 28-year-old shortstop has found his grove at the plate this season with 16 homers and 57 RBIs. His 16 homers are third in Diamondbacks history by a shortstop, behind Stephen Drew's 21 in 2008 and Jay Bell's 18 in 1998.

''I feel like he was never satisfied with just being a great defender who was going to put the bat on the ball,'' Lovullo said. ''He wanted to excel in both areas. He has a really good mindset that he wants to be great. I think that motivates him every day.''

GIANTS MOVES

San Francisco recalled RHPs Derek Law and Pierce Johnson from Triple-A Sacramento prior to Saturday's game, and optioned Stratton and infielder Kelby Tomlinson to the River Cats. Stratton struggled against the Diamondbacks on Friday, allowing six runs on 10 hits in three innings of a 6-3 loss.

TRAINER'S TABLE

Giants: C Buster Posey was held out of the lineup under concussion protocol after leaving Friday's game due to a foul ball off his mask. He worked in the field before Saturday's game and could play Sunday if he remains symptom free.

Diamondbacks: Lovullo returned to the dugout after missing Friday's game due to an illness.

UP NEXT

Arizona LHP Robbie Ray is 4-1 with a 2.84 ERA in 10 career starts against the Giants heading into Sunday's season finale. Giants starter Derek Holland is 0-1 with a 4.61 ERA in three career starts against the Diamondbacks.

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SF56-56
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50003001X9120
  • W: C. Buchholz (5-1)L: A. Suarez (4-7)
  • HR: SF - A. McCutchen (12), S. Duggar (1), ARI - N. Ahmed 2 (16), K. Marte (10)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. McCutchen RF51521000.264.355.424.77912.0
G. Hernandez LF50100013.266.316.448.7641.5
E. Longoria 3B50200024.255.288.442.7312.0
B. Crawford SS40000023.276.343.425.769-1.0
A. Slater 1B30000130.319.448.377.825-0.5
J. Panik 2B40100002.234.302.340.6412.0
N. Hundley C30000100.246.288.461.7491.0
S. Duggar CF42211012.270.329.392.7217.5
A. Suarez P20000012.063.118.063.180-0.5
a- H. Pence PH10000010.221.258.297.555-0.5
P. Johnson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Law P0000-0001.0001.0001.000.000-
b- C. d'Arnaud PH10000011.245.269.469.739-0.5
  • a-struck out for Suarez in the 6th
  • b-struck out for Law in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Peralta LF41100001.296.354.503.8572.0
E. Escobar 3B41100001.278.338.505.8432.0
P. Goldschmidt 1B31200101.277.385.520.9063.0
A. Pollock CF40000023.286.347.555.902-1.0
S. Souza RF42230011.244.316.390.7069.5
N. Ahmed SS33342100.247.303.472.77517.0
K. Marte 2B41221012.255.326.437.7637.5
J. Mathis C30100111.209.297.287.5841.5
C. Buchholz P20000011.056.056.056.111-0.5
a- J. Jay PH10000010.280.346.363.708-0.5
B. Ziegler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Diekman P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Andriese P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- A. Avila PH10000001.165.296.301.5960.0
A. Chafin P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Buchholz in the 6th
  • b-grounded into a double play for Andriese in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. McCutchen (25), G. Hernandez (13), E. Longoria (18), J. Panik (8)
  • HR - A. McCutchen (12), S. Duggar
  • RBI - A. McCutchen 2 (46), S. Duggar (8)
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Souza (8)
  • 3B - S. Souza (2)
  • HR - N. Ahmed 2 (16), K. Marte (10)
  • RBI - S. Souza 3 (18), N. Ahmed 4 (57), K. Marte 2 (44)
  • 2-Out RBI - S. Souza 3 (12), N. Ahmed 3 (21), K. Marte 2 (20)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - P. Goldschmidt (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - 3 (Crawford-Slater; Hundley-Panik; Panik-Longoria-Slater)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Ahmed-Marte-Goldschmidt)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Suarez (L, 4-7)5.010882524.601.32-7.5
P. Johnson2.01000205.451.216.0
D. Law1.01111017.201.800.0
PITCHERSIP
A. Suarez (L, 4-7)5.0
P. Johnson2.0
D. Law1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Buchholz (W, 5-1)6.07222822.681.1121.0
B. Ziegler0.22000004.531.34-2.0
J. Diekman0.10000003.631.410.0
M. Andriese1.00000104.251.253.5
A. Chafin1.02110301.861.191.5
PITCHERSIP
C. Buchholz (W, 5-1)6.0
B. Ziegler0.2
J. Diekman0.1
M. Andriese1.0
A. Chafin1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - A. Suarez (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Suarez 92-60, P. Johnson 37-25, D. Law 17-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Suarez 4-5, D. Law 2-0
  • Batters Faced - A. Suarez 26, P. Johnson 6, D. Law 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Buchholz 104-70, B. Ziegler 6-4, J. Diekman 1-1, M. Andriese 9-6, A. Chafin 21-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Buchholz 6-4, B. Ziegler 1-0, M. Andriese 1-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Buchholz 27, B. Ziegler 3, J. Diekman, M. Andriese 3, A. Chafin 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. McCutchen RF51521000.264.355.424.77912.0
G. Hernandez LF50100013.266.316.448.7641.5
E. Longoria 3B50200024.255.288.442.7312.0
B. Crawford SS40000023.276.343.425.769-1.0
A. Slater 1B30000130.319.448.377.825-0.5
J. Panik 2B40100002.234.302.340.6412.0
N. Hundley C30000100.246.288.461.7491.0
S. Duggar CF42211012.270.329.392.7217.5
A. Suarez P20000012.063.118.063.180-0.5
a- H. Pence PH10000010.221.258.297.555-0.5
P. Johnson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Law P0000-0001.0001.0001.000.000-
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  • a-struck out for Suarez in the 6th
  • b-struck out for Law in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Peralta LF41100001.296.354.503.8572.0
E. Escobar 3B41100001.278.338.505.8432.0
P. Goldschmidt 1B31200101.277.385.520.9063.0
A. Pollock CF40000023.286.347.555.902-1.0
S. Souza RF42230011.244.316.390.7069.5
N. Ahmed SS33342100.247.303.472.77517.0
K. Marte 2B41221012.255.326.437.7637.5
J. Mathis C30100111.209.297.287.5841.5
C. Buchholz P20000011.056.056.056.111-0.5
a- J. Jay PH10000010.280.346.363.708-0.5
B. Ziegler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Diekman P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Andriese P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- A. Avila PH10000001.165.296.301.5960.0
A. Chafin P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Buchholz in the 6th
  • b-grounded into a double play for Andriese in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. McCutchen (25), G. Hernandez (13), E. Longoria (18), J. Panik (8)
  • HR - A. McCutchen (12), S. Duggar
  • RBI - A. McCutchen 2 (46), S. Duggar (8)
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Souza (8)
  • 3B - S. Souza (2)
  • HR - N. Ahmed 2 (16), K. Marte (10)
  • RBI - S. Souza 3 (18), N. Ahmed 4 (57), K. Marte 2 (44)
  • 2-Out RBI - S. Souza 3 (12), N. Ahmed 3 (21), K. Marte 2 (20)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - P. Goldschmidt (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - 3 (Crawford-Slater; Hundley-Panik; Panik-Longoria-Slater)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Ahmed-Marte-Goldschmidt)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Suarez (L, 4-7)5.010882524.601.32-7.5
P. Johnson2.01000205.451.216.0
D. Law1.01111017.201.800.0
Total8.01299373---
PITCHERSIP
A. Suarez (L, 4-7)5.0
P. Johnson2.0
D. Law1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Buchholz (W, 5-1)6.07222822.681.1121.0
B. Ziegler0.22000004.531.34-2.0
J. Diekman0.10000003.631.410.0
M. Andriese1.00000104.251.253.5
A. Chafin1.02110301.861.191.5
Total9.011332122---
PITCHERSIP
C. Buchholz (W, 5-1)6.0
B. Ziegler0.2
J. Diekman0.1
M. Andriese1.0
A. Chafin1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - A. Suarez (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Suarez 92-60, P. Johnson 37-25, D. Law 17-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Suarez 4-5, D. Law 2-0
  • Batters Faced - A. Suarez 26, P. Johnson 6, D. Law 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Buchholz 104-70, B. Ziegler 6-4, J. Diekman 1-1, M. Andriese 9-6, A. Chafin 21-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Buchholz 6-4, B. Ziegler 1-0, M. Andriese 1-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Buchholz 27, B. Ziegler 3, J. Diekman, M. Andriese 3, A. Chafin 5
  • 9TH INNING
    McCutchen doubled to left center, Duggar scored39
  • 8TH INNING
    Ahmed homered to left29
  • 5TH INNING
    Ahmed homered to left, Souza scored28
    Souza doubled to deep center, Escobar scored26
  • 4TH INNING
    Duggar homered to right25
  • 3RD INNING
    McCutchen homered to left center15
  • 1ST INNING
    Marte homered to left center, Ahmed scored05
    Ahmed singled to center, Souza scored03
    Souza tripled to deep right, Peralta and Goldschmidt scored02
  • 9TH INNING
    • Andrew Chafin pitching
    • S. Duggar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Duggar reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • Chase d'Arnaud hit for Derek Law
    • C. d'Arnaud: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, d'Arnaud struck out swinging
    • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Foul, McCutchen doubled to left center, Duggar scored
    • G. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Longoria struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Matt Andriese relieved Jake Diekman
    • A. Slater: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Slater struck out swinging
    • J. Panik: Strike looking, Ball, Panik flied out to left
    • N. Hundley: Hundley grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Derek Law relieved Pierce Johnson
    • N. Ahmed: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ahmed homered to left
    • K. Marte: Ball, Marte grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Mathis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mathis walked
    • Alex Avila hit for Matt Andriese
    • A. Avila: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Avila grounded into double play second to third to first, Mathis out at second
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Brad Ziegler pitching
    • A. McCutchen: Ball, McCutchen singled to right
    • G. Hernandez: Hernandez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, McCutchen out at second
    • E. Longoria: Ball, Foul, Longoria singled to left center
    • Jake Diekman relieved Brad Ziegler
    • B. Crawford: Crawford flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • P. Johnson Pitching:
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Goldschmidt singled to center
    • A. Pollock: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Goldschmidt caught stealing, catcher to second
    • S. Souza: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Souza lined out to right
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • C. Buchholz Pitching:
    • N. Hundley: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Hundley grounded out to shortstop
    • S. Duggar: Duggar grounded out to second
    • Hunter Pence hit for Andrew Suarez
    • H. Pence: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pence struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Pierce Johnson pitching
    • Jon Jay hit for Clay Buchholz
    • J. Jay: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Jay struck out looking
    • D. Peralta: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Peralta flied out to deep center
    • E. Escobar: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Escobar flied out to left
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • C. Buchholz Pitching:
    • B. Crawford: Crawford grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Slater: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Slater struck out swinging
    • J. Panik: Strike looking, Panik flied out to left
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Suarez Pitching:
    • E. Escobar: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Escobar singled to center
    • P. Goldschmidt: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Goldschmidt flied out to center
    • A. Pollock: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pollock struck out swinging
    • S. Souza: Souza doubled to deep center, Escobar scored
    • N. Ahmed: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Souza to third on wild pitch, Ahmed homered to left, Souza scored
    • K. Marte: Foul, Strike swinging, Marte singled to left
    • J. Mathis: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Mathis flied out to deep center
    • End of the 5th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • C. Buchholz Pitching:
    • N. Hundley: Ball, Foul, Hundley flied out to deep center
    • S. Duggar: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Duggar homered to right
    • A. Suarez: Suarez grounded out to shortstop
    • A. McCutchen: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, McCutchen singled to shallow right
    • G. Hernandez: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Hernandez doubled to left, McCutchen to third
    • E. Longoria: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Longoria struck out looking
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Suarez Pitching:
    • J. Mathis: Strike looking, Ball, Mathis singled to left center
    • C. Buchholz: Buchholz reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Mathis out at second
    • D. Peralta: Strike swinging, Peralta lined into double play shortstop to first, Buchholz out at first
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • C. Buchholz Pitching:
    • A. McCutchen: Strike swinging, Ball, McCutchen homered to left center
    • G. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Hernandez grounded out to third
    • E. Longoria: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Longoria doubled to deep right center
    • B. Crawford: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Crawford struck out swinging
    • A. Slater: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Slater walked
    • J. Panik: Ball, Strike looking, Panik grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Suarez Pitching:
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Ball, Goldschmidt singled to right
    • A. Pollock: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pollock grounded out to second, Goldschmidt to second
    • S. Souza: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Souza struck out looking
    • N. Ahmed: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ahmed walked
    • K. Marte: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • C. Buchholz Pitching:
    • A. Slater: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Slater struck out swinging
    • J. Panik: Ball, Foul, Foul, Panik doubled to deep right center
    • N. Hundley: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hundley walked
    • S. Duggar: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Duggar struck out swinging
    • A. Suarez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Suarez struck out looking
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Suarez Pitching:
    • C. Buchholz: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Buchholz struck out swinging
    • D. Peralta: Strike looking, Peralta grounded out to shortstop
    • E. Escobar: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Escobar grounded out to third
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • C. Buchholz Pitching:
    • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, McCutchen singled to right
    • G. Hernandez: Hernandez popped out to third
    • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Longoria flied out to right
    • B. Crawford: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Crawford struck out looking
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Suarez Pitching:
    • D. Peralta: Ball, Strike looking, Peralta singled to center
    • E. Escobar: Ball, Foul, Escobar popped out to second
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Goldschmidt walked, Peralta to second
    • A. Pollock: Pollock flied out to right
    • S. Souza: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Souza tripled to deep right, Peralta and Goldschmidt scored
    • N. Ahmed: Ball, Ball, Ahmed singled to center, Souza scored
    • K. Marte: Pickoff attempt, Marte homered to left center, Ahmed scored
    • J. Mathis: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Mathis struck out looking
    • End of the 1st (5 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)