Montero, Parra collect RBIs to give Arizona lead before Giants surge ahead
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- An RBI single by Buster Posey and Hector Sanchez's two-run single highlighted a four-run, fifth-inning uprising Sunday that lifted the San Francisco Giants to a 5-3 Cactus League triumph over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Arizona starter Wade Miley left the game after four innings with a 2-1 lead. That represented unusual durability for this juncture of the spring, but it was necessary because Miley is expected to pitch one of the D-backs' pair of regular-season games March 22-23 against the Dodgers in Australia. Pablo Sandoval's first-inning bloop single drove in Posey to account for San Francisco's lone run off Miley.
The D-backs tied the game in the fifth on Miguel Montero's RBI single and then went ahead on Gerardo Parra's sacrifice fly. The Giants then broke through against reliever Brad Ziegler in the bottom of the inning, which began with singles by Juan Perez and Angel Pagan. Mark Minicozzi grounded into a forceout before Posey's second hit brought home Pagan. After Hunter Pence's groundout scored Minicozzi, Sandoval walked to set up Sanchez's two-run single to right.
In his first competitive action for the Giants, starter Tim Hudson worked two hitless innings and struck out a batter. The right-hander awkwardly covered first base -- the same play on which he fractured his right ankle last July 24 -- on Eric Chavez's second-inning grounder that was wide of the bag. Hudson let first baseman Brandon Belt's catchable throw go by. But Chavez was erased on an inning-ending double-play grounder, which prompted Hudson to cover first properly.
Up next: With the compressed schedule and their trip to Australia for the season opener against the Dodgers only two weeks away, the D-backs are playing a day-night doubleheader at Salt River Fields on Monday. Right-hander Brandon McCarthy will get the start against the Angels in a 1:10 p.m. MT game and young right-hander Archie Bradley will have his highly anticipated first start of the spring in the 7:10 p.m. nightcap against a split squad of Rockies.