D-backs take series finale from Giants in 10 innings
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tony Campana and Cliff Pennington made the most of their rare starts for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Campana drove Pennington in with the go-ahead run on an RBI single with two outs in the 10th inning to give the Diamondbacks their first winning streak of the season courtesy of a 6-5 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Thursday night.
"It’s just us being ready," Campana said. "We both kind of kept our routine the same. You kind of come in every day ready to play. Today we got the start and both did a pretty good job at the plate and got the win."
Campana had a career-high four hits and Pennington added three, including a two-run single, as both players made just their second starts of the young season.
"They’re not rookies, and they prepare themselves properly," manager Kirk Gibson said. "They were ready to play tonight."
Miguel Montero also drove in two runs for the Diamondbacks, who won the final two games of the series.
Michael Morse hit a two-run double that gave the Giants a 5-4 lead, but an error by third baseman Pablo Sandoval allowed the tying run to score in the eighth. San Francisco fell in extra innings to lose its first home series since last August against Boston.
Pennington hit a one-out single off Yusmeiro Petit (0-1) in the 10th and then stole second base on a 2-2 pitch to Campana with two outs. Campana then blooped a single just over the outstretched glove of second baseman Brandon Hicks to score the go-ahead run.
"It took some pressure off once he got to second," Campana said. "I knew I just had to get it through the infield somehow. Got jammed and got over his head barely."
J.J. Putz (1-0) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win, and Addison Reed got three outs for his third save in as many chances.
The Diamondbacks failed to score in the seventh after loading the bases with no outs, although they tied it in the following inning.
With runners on first and second and two outs in the eighth, Campana hit a dribbler down the third-base line to Sandoval, who rushed his throw to first. The ball sailed over Brandon Belt’s head, allowing Gerardo Parra to score the tying run from second.
"You have to keep your poise," manager Bruce Bochy said. "He got in a rush mode there. With the game on the line, you have to be a bit more cautious. You have to know the situation."
Sandoval had a chance to make up for that mistake in the bottom half but couldn’t deliver. The Giants loaded the bases with one out with help from a fly to center that Campana misjudged to give Brandon Crawford a leadoff double. Belt then hit a fly ball to left field that was not deep enough to let Crawford tag from third, and Sandoval flied out to deep right to end the inning.
The Giants’ hitters chipped away after the D-backs took an early 4-0 lead, getting a run in the third on the first bunt single of Buster Posey’s career when he surprised Arizona with a two-out bunt with Angel Pagan on third.
Back-to-back doubles by Morse and Crawford to open the fourth to make it 4-3, and Morse’s double off Will Harris in the fifth gave the Giants the lead.
NOTES: Gibson unsuccessfully challenged a play at second base in the first inning when Tony Campana was caught stealing to end the inning after a Paul Goldschmidt strikeout. … The Giants held a pregame ceremony honoring their former home, Candlestick Park, which is set to be torn down later this year. … Brandon McCarthy (0-1) is set to take the mound for the Diamondbacks on Friday in the opener of a three-game series against the Dodgers.