D-backs’ comeback stalls, Giants win in 11

PHOENIX — A series win over NL West-leading San Francisco might have done wonders for the Arizona Diamondbacks’ home funk.

Instead, it was just another close loss.

Pinch-hitter Ramiro Pena hit a tiebreaking double in the 11th inning, and the San Francisco Giants escaped with a 5-4 victory over the Diamondbacks on Sunday to take two of three in the series.

Arizona fell to 14-30 at home.

The Diamondbacks’ Jake Lamb hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning to tie it 4-4, but Enrique Burgos (0-1), Arizona’s seventh pitcher, walked Jarrett Parker leading off the 11th and Pena lined the first pitch down the right- field line.

"It was a good battle," Arizona manager Chip Hale said. "You tie it at home, you feel like you have a good chance of winning it. We had plenty of pitching today, just couldn’t get that clean one from Burgos. He did a good job of stranding the second guy, but it wasn’t meant to be today, I guess."

Josh Osich (1-1) pitched a scoreless 10th, and Santiago Casilla escaped trouble in the 11th for his 19th save in 23 tries.

The Giants took a series from an NL West foe for the seventh straight time. The last series they lost to a team in their own division came when they were swept at home by Arizona from April 18-21.

"It’s pretty big, especially for us right now when we don’t have a lot of guys in our lineup," the Giants’ Brandon Belt said. "Just for the younger guys to step in there and step up for us big. It says a lot. It says a lot about this team."

With the outfield depleted, Belt — usually a first baseman these days — played in left because the Giants outfield is depleted.

"He made a nice running catch in left field," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "We were in a box today, with a couple outfielders down, three actually. That’s why Brandon went out in left field, and he looked comfortable."

Giants 6, D-backs 5

Rookie Albert Suarez pitched six innings, and Brandon Belt and Mac Williamson each drove in a pair of runs to put San Francisco up 4-2

With an out in the eighth, first baseman Buster Posey bobbled Paul Goldschmidt’s spinning grounder for an error. Goldschmidt stole second, and Lamb launched Cory Gearrin’s 3-2 pitch just over the fence in right. It was Lamb’s fourth homer in five games and his 19th of the season. Eleven of those home runs either tied the game or gave Arizona a lead.

Goldshmidt also homered, his 15th.

"There were opportunities in the beginning of the game and at the end there. We just couldn’t get it done," Lamb said.

Yasmany Tomas led off the Arizona 11th with a single, was sacrificed to second, and a wild pitch put him on third with one out. But pinch-hitter Welington Castillo grounded out and Peter O’Brien, the last position player available, pinch hit and struck out. O’Brien has fanned 25 times in 57 at bats since coming up from Triple-A Reno.

A night earlier, Castillo’s three-run home run off Hunter Strickland in the eighth inning beat the Giants. This time, Strickland struck out Castillo in the ninth.

Robbie Ray, Arizona’s starter, gave up four runs on eight hits in six innings.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Giants: RHP Matt Cain (right hamstring strain) had his first rehab start in an Arizona (rookie) League game Saturday night. He went 3 1/3 innings, allowing two runs and three hits, one a home run. He struck out six.

Diamondbacks: RHP Zack Greinke was placed on the 15-day DL, retroactive to Wednesday, with a right oblique strain. It’s his first DL stint since April 2013. Manager Chip Hale said he hopes Greinke can return after the All-Star break but doesn’t know if that is realistic.

UP NEXT

Diamondbacks: RHP Archie Bradley (3-3, 4.50 ERA) takes Greinke’s scheduled start in the series opener against the San Diego Padres Monday night. RH Luis Perdomo (2-3, 8.49) goes for the Padres.