Belt’s grand slam, 6 RBIs lead Giants over Arizona, 11-6
PHOENIX (AP) — Logan Webb found himself in the middle of a playoff race, and was up to the challenge.
The 22-year-old right-hander survived a rocky start and pitched five innings to win his major league debut, leading the San Francisco Giants to an 11-6 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night.
“It was awesome. Everyone here wants to win. I want to win more than anything,” Webb said. “So if I can help out in any way possible, that’s the main goal.”
Brandon Belt hit a grand slam and tied a career high with six RBIs as the Giants won their third straight game and sixth in the past seven to continue their surge into serious National League wild-card contention.
“It’s good to see him have a big day. I know it’s been a little tough sledding for him, and we need him,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “It’s got to be good for his confidence.”
Kevin Pillar had a career-high five hits for the Giants.
Webb (1-0) allowed one unearned run on five hits with seven strikeouts. Pillar scored three runs in going 5 for 5 with an RBI, and Mike Yastrzemski had three hits a night after hitting three home runs.
The Diamondbacks have lost the first three games of a key four-game set with the Giants and dropped four in a row overall. Arizona’s Taylor Clarke (4-4), liked Webb called up from the minors to make the start Saturday, lasted just 1 2/3 innings and was charged with three earned runs on five hits.
“We have to figure it out. We’ve got to pitch better. We have to do a lot of things better,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “These guys are not trying to make mistakes. They’re not trying to lose baseball games. They’re not trying to throw bad pitches, it’s just the nature of the beast right now and it’s on us.”
Belt’s slam quickly erased a 2-0 Arizona lead. The first three Giants hitters of the second inning reached base on a walk, fielder’s choice and throwing error, and bloop single. Belt then cleared the bases for his second career grand slam, his 14th home run of the season and second in two days.
The Giants loaded the bases again on Clarke in the second inning, and added a fifth run in the inning on Evan Longoria’s sacrifice fly.
Alex Avila, who started the game as the Diamondbacks’ catcher, pitched the top of the ninth inning and got a called third strike on Yastrzemski before retiring the side in order.
A man in attendance had a medical issue and was given CPR in the stands behind home plate at Chase Field during the game.
The game was delayed briefly before the start of the third inning while emergency medical personnel attended to the man in a section of field-level seats. It wasn’t clear how the man ended up on the concrete beneath his seat, but the section was cleared quickly while security workers and EMTs rushed to the man’s side.
The medical workers administered CPR to the man before strapping him to a long stretcher and taking him out of the seating area. Fans applauded as the man was rushed up the steps to the concourse.
Stadium staff said the man, who was sitting in an area typically for baseball scouts and executives, was taken to a hospital and was breathing on his own.
Diamondbacks players stopped their warmups on the field and looked into the stands to see what happened.
With Webb’s addition to the Giants roster, outfielder Joey Rickard was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento.
The Giants’ Scooter Gennett struck out swinging at a wild pitch in the fifth inning, then was thrown out at second base by Avila trying to advance. The ball rolled all the way to the fence behind the Arizona on-deck circle before Avila spotted it, retrieved it and threw to Ahmed for the tag.
Diamondbacks: All-Star IF-OF Ketel Marte was scratched from the lineup Saturday with minor lower back tightness. Lovullo said Marte will likely return to the lineup on Sunday. … Relief pitcher Yoshihisa Hirano was placed on the 10-day injured list with right elbow soreness after an MRI on Saturday. Hirano said he felt discomfort after his outing Friday night. He was to receive a cortisone injection.
Giants: LHP Madison Bumgarner (8-7, 3.63 ERA) is set to start Sunday in the series finale. The Giants are 16-10 in his starts this season and have won each of his last six and nine of his last 10.
Diamondbacks: RHP Merrill Kelly (8-12, 4.75 ERA) is set for his fourth start against the Giants this season, with a 1-1 record.