Brandon McCarthy has been by far the worst starter in the Diamondbacks rotation all year, and Saturday night proved to be no different. The Giants jumped out to a three-run lead in the first with a couple of RBI singles off the bats of Pablo Sandoval and Tyler Colvin, forcing McCarthy to throw over 30 pitches and face all nine hitters in the inning. They were able to add to the lead in the second when Sandoval dealt yet another RBI single.
The D-backs were able to push across two runs in the second with three doubles in the inning from Aaron Hill, Miguel Montero and David Peralta.
The score stayed the same until an RBI groundout from Tyler Colvin in the fifth, and although McCarthy was able to get out of the inning, his day was done right there.
Arizona made it interesting in the bottom half of the fifth with a two-run single from Hill to pull within one, but Hunter Pence hit a towering home run to right for the security blanket the Giants bullpen needed to nod the series at one win apiece.