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Taijuan Walker finally won a game.

MLB: San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

The Diamondbacks jumped out in front quickly, with a home-run from A.J. Pollock with two outs in the first inning, giving them an early 1-0 lead. But the hitters were otherwise largely stifled by Madison Bumgarner. Fortunately, Taijuan Walker was up to the task, getting some early groundball outs and also reaching back for some big strikeouts when the Giants threatened. San Francisco and Arizona traded solo home-runs in the fourth inning. The Giants tied it up on a shot by Jarrett Parker, but the Diamondbacks came right back. J.D. Martinez lined his 11th for us, with one out in the bottom of the fourth.

That was all the scoring managed by the sides off either starter: Bumgarner went seven innings, while Walker was lifted after 6.1 frames. Andrew Chafin tidied up the seventh, and David Hernandez worked a 1-2-3 eighth, setting the stage for Fernando Rodney to come in for his fifth save opportunity this week. There was no drama, as he retired the Giants 1-2-3 with a pair of K’s, and the D-backs sealed the series win.