National League Game Summary - Arizona at San Francisco
(Monday, September 3rd)
Final Score: San Francisco 9, Arizona 8 (10 innings)
San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - After finishing 19 straight save
opportunities, J.J. Putz blew his second straight on Monday, and the San
Francisco Giants went on to win the opener of a three-game set against the
Arizona Diamondbacks, 9-8.
Marco Scutaro had three hits, including a game-winning single on a 2-2 cutter
down the third-base line in the 10th inning against Bryan Shaw (1-5).
"He's one of those guys that comes to play every day," Giants manager Bruce
Bochy said of Scutaro. "He knows how to play the game and I think he's made
players around him better."
Sergio Romo (4-2) pitched a scoreless 10th inning to keep the game tied and
earned the win.
The Diamondbacks erased a four-run deficit with two runs in the fifth and five
runs in the sixth inning. But the Giants rallied for two runs in the eighth
inning and Putz blew his second save in as many days in the ninth to send
Arizona to its ninth loss in its last 11 games.
The Diamondbacks are now 11 1/2 games behind the Giants in the NL West.
The Giants rallied in the eighth inning with two outs to close within a run.
Hector Sanchez and Brandon Crawford delivered back-to-back doubles and pinch-
hitter Brandon Belt plated Crawford with a base hit to make the score 8-7.
San Francisco tied the game in the ninth after Scutaro whacked a leadoff
double off the base of the left-field fence. Scutaro advanced to third when
Pablo Sandoval grounded out and scored when Buster Posey ripped a double down
the third-base line.
Brandon Crawford legged out an infield single to start the 10th inning. He
advanced to second on a sacrifice and third on a ground out before Scutaro
ripped a single down the third-base line to win the game.
San Francisco built an early four-run lead against Patrick Corbin in the first
after Scutaro and Sandoval delivered one-out singles. Posey crushed a double
off the base of the right-field wall to score Scutaro and Hunter Pence whacked
a triple into the right-field gap to score two more. Hector Sanchez capped the
rally with a base hit to score Pence.
Corbin recovered to hold the Giants to four runs on seven hits in five innings
while striking out six.
Arizona started its comeback in the fifth when Miguel Montero singled and
Chris Johnson hammered a 1-2 cutter into the left-field seats to cut San
Francisco's lead to 4-2.
The Diamondbacks chased Barry Zito from the game when Justin Upton and Jason
Kubel singled to start the sixth inning.
Zito gave up four runs and seven hits with six strikeouts in five-plus
Paul Goldschmidt greeted Guillermo Mota with a ground-rule double to bring
Arizona within a run. After Montero struck out, Johnson lofted a long fly ball
to left field to score Kubel, move Goldschmidt to third and tie the game.
After Cody Ransom worked a walk to put runners on the corners, Arizona began
building a lead. Willie Bloomquist grounded a single through the left side to
plate Goldschmidt. Chris Young and Aaron Hill followed with two more singles
to expand Arizona's lead to three.
Sandoval rolled a single to right field to score Angel Pagan, who reached on a
fielder's choice in the seventh, but the Diamondbacks quickly responded with a
run in the eighth when Upton singled home Ryan Wheeler to make the score 8-5.
"We were in the hole early and we just kept fighting back and we got a pretty
good lead and we just kept fighting towards the end," said Kubel. "It really
does (stink) that we lost but we kept going."
San Francisco is a season-best 19 games over .500, the high point for the
Giants since being 23 games over at the end of the 2010 season ... The Giants
have won 13 of their last 17 games and 21 of their last 30 ... The Giants are
30-14 when facing an opposing left-handed pitcher ... The Giants have won 25
of their last 34 games against Arizona at AT&T Park ... The Giants have won
Zito's last six starts ... Arizona went 5-for-17 with runners in scoring
position and stranded eight ... San Francisco went 9-for-15 with runners in
scoring position and left nine on base.
09/04 01:43:01 ET
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