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Diamondbacks 3, Giants 1

The Diamondbacks avoided the sweep in San Francisco, with Randall Delgado working 5.2 shutout innings, and Cody Ross's clutch two-run single the other key performance.


Arizona jumped out to the lead in the first, after Martin Prado tripled and Paul Goldschmidt drove him in with a sacrifice fly, Goldie's 78th RBI of the year. That was all the damage inflicted on either starter, as Madison Bumgarner settled down, to be matched by Randall Delgado. Both teams had chances, with leadoff runners in abundance, but neither could take advantage: A.J. Pollock, Cliff Pennington and Miguel Montero combined on a relay to nail the tying run at the plate in the sixth (above). Delgado was lifted with a man on third two outs later, and Euby de la Rosa preserved the shutout. Delgado allowed three hits and four walks with two strikeouts.

The D-backs added some key insurance in the eighth. They loaded the bases with one out and Giants manager Bruce Bochy began the systematic incineration of his bullpen. Miguel Montero popped out shallowly, but Ross blooped a single into right-field to score two. Meanwhile, after de la Rosa, Heath Bell and David Hernandez put up zeroes. Brad Ziegler came in for the ninth, and generated a steady stream of infield ground-balls: unfortunately, three of them resulted in Giants reaching base, but the D-backs were helped by a baserunning blunder from the Giants, and Jeff Francoeur, representing the tying run, grounded out to end the game.

Arizona return home to begin a four-game series at Chase against the Cubs tomorrow, and azshadowwalker will breathe a sigh of relief, that she doesn't have to guest recap us losing the division lead! That'll be along in a bit...