Diamondbacks 6, Giants 4(11)

Didi Gregorius had a pretty good view from third base when

Giants reliever Santiago Casilla’s wild pitch skipped past catcher

Buster Posey and went to the backstop in the 11th inning.

Arizona’s speedy shortstop, who alertly went to second base

earlier in the inning when outfielder Andres Torres casually

fielded his one-out hit, immediately broke for the plate.

In the process, he erased the memories of a blown four-run lead

and kept the Diamondbacks unbeaten in extra innings this


”I was getting a lead and (third base coach Matt Williams) told

me to be ready in case he threw something in the dirt,” Gregorius

said after scoring the go-ahead run in Arizona’s 6-4 win over San

Francisco on Tuesday night. ”From the side I had a good angle, so

as soon as I saw it I went. That’s why I scored.”

The Diamondbacks won for just the third time in eight games but

improved to 4-0 in extra-inning games despite blowing a late lead

for the second time in two days.

Gregorius was hitless in four at-bats before doubling off

Casilla (2-2). Pinch-hitter Alfredo Marte reached when first

baseman Brandon Belt was charged with an error for bobbling a throw

from third baseman Pablo Sandoval. Casilla then threw a wild pitch

to Gerardo Parra that bounced to the backstop, allowing Gregorius

to score.

Parra followed with an RBI double to make it 6-4.

”We made some good plays when we had to and they made a couple

mistakes and we capitalized on that,” Arizona manager Kirk Gibson

said. ”We played a clean game, made good plays. We’ve been good at

that all year.”

San Francisco got the potential tying run to the plate in the

bottom of the 11th, but Matt Reynolds got Torres to ground into a

double play and then retired Brandon Crawford for his first career


Brad Ziegler (1-0) pitched a scoreless inning for the win.

”That’s the spirit of this team,” Ziegler said. ”We’d prefer

to jump out to a big lead early and kind of coast to the victory

but when that doesn’t happen we know we have a lot of guys on this

team that are going to fight to the last out.”

The Diamondbacks, who twice blew two-run leads in Monday’s 5-4

loss in the series opener, led 4-0 before the Giants scored twice

in the eighth and tied it in the ninth on Belt’s pinch-hit, two-run

homer off closer J.J. Putz, who has blown three saves in six tries

this season.

San Francisco also put two runners on in the 10th but failed to

score when Sandoval was thrown out at home plate by Arizona right

fielder and former teammate Cody Ross following Hunter Pence’s

two-out single.

”We got the hit we were looking for,” San Francisco manager

Bruce Bochy said. ”(Ross) just made the play.”

The loss ended San Francisco’s nine-game winning streak against

NL West opponents and stopped the Giants’ seven-game streak at

AT&T Park.

Arizona took a 2-0 lead against Giants starter Matt Cain in the

first with some help from San Francisco’s defense.

Crawford bobbled Parra’s grounder to shortstop for an error and

Martin Prado followed with a single. Paul Goldschmidt’s looping

double that landed just inside the foul line near the Diamondbacks’

bullpen drove in Parra, and Prado scored on Miguel Montero’s


Goldschmidt’s two-run homer on a 3-1 pitch from Cain in the

third put Arizona up 4-0.

Cain, an All-Star each of the past two seasons, gave up four

runs in six innings and lowered his ERA from 7.15 to 6.59. He had

six strikeouts and walked one but remains the only San Francisco

starter without a win this season.

It’s also the longest Cain has gone winless to begin a year

since his third full season in 2008 when he didn’t get his first

win until his sixth start.

Arizona starter Patrick Corbin carried a shutout into the eighth

but left with his second straight no-decision after another

meltdown by the Diamondbacks’ bullpen. Corbin allowed six hits,

struck out seven and didn’t walk a batter for the first time this

season. He also doubled in the seventh for his first hit of the


Torres singled leading off the eighth and scored on Crawford’s

triple. Pinch-hitter Hector Sanchez’s groundout drove in Crawford

to cut Arizona’s lead to 4-2.

After Angel Pagan singled, David Hernandez replaced Corbin and

retired Marco Scutaro. Sandoval singled Pagan to third but

Hernandez, who a night earlier gave up a tying homer to Posey, got

the NL MVP to pop out softly to end the inning.

Pence doubled off Putz to open the ninth before Belt hit his

first career pinch-hit homer, a towering shot into the right-field


NOTES: Giants closer Sergio Romo had not issued a walk in 38

straight appearances until Ross drew a free pass in the 10th. …

Cain has allowed six home runs over his last three starts. … RHP

Ian Kennedy (1-2) pitches for Arizona on Wednesday and is unbeaten

in his last seven games against San Francisco. … Giants LHP

Madison Bumgarner, who starts the second game of the series, was

winless in three games against the Diamondbacks in 2012.