Giants shake off D-backs with Posey's big hit

May 15th, 2016

PHOENIX -- Buster Posey's two-out, bases-loaded, two-run, ground-rule double off D-backs reliever Daniel Hudson in the top of the ninth gave the Giants a 5-3 victory Saturday at Chase Field as they took the first three games of a four-game series that ends here Sunday.

The Giants finally saw the Jake Peavy of old as the veteran right-hander three-hit the D-backs on one run for six innings in his best start of the 2016 season. But the bullpen couldn't hold a two-run lead.

Posey is hitting .166 (6-for-36) with runners in scoring position after the big hit.

"You knew that was something that was going to turn," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "You knew over the last week that the silver lining on some of our struggles with runners in scoring position is that they usually get back to who they are. The numbers balance out and so good things are going to happen. I mean, that's a huge hit off a tough pitcher. Posey came through. It was just a huge hit for us."

Peavy battled Arizona left-hander Patrick Corbin, who gave up three runs on nine hits in 6 1/3 innings. Hunter Pence had the big blow off him, a two-run homer in the fourth inning that broke a 1-1 tie and gave the Giants a two-run lead

Chris Owings smashed a double into the left-field corner in the second inning, accounting for the only run off Peavy, who in his previous three starts had allowed 16 runs on 17 hits in 13 innings, all losses.


Panik again:Joe Panik had his sixth RBI of the series when he singled home Denard Span in the first inning off Corbin. Span opened the game with a triple. Panik had a two-run homer off Zack Greinke on Thursday night and a three-run shot off Shelby Miller on Friday night to account for all the Giants' runs in a 3-1 win.

Owings stays hot: Owings lined a double into the left-field corner to score Chris Herrmann with the D-backs' first run in the second inning. Owings, who entered the game on a 10-for-26 run, also singled in the seventh inning and has reached base safely in each of his last nine games.

• Athleticism helping Owings adjust to center

Pence owns Corbin: It would figure that Pence would hit a homer off Corbin. The Giants right fielder is hitting .458 (11-for-24) against the D-backs left-hander with four homers and nine RBIs.

"I thought [the home run pitch] was pretty well located," Corbin said. "But he puts some really hard swings on balls. He can hit any pitch. We knew he was the guy we wanted to put a tough at-bat against, and we got him out the first time. Like I said before, I thought it was a pretty good pitch, but he seems to do that off of me."

Corbin solid in another no-decision: The southpaw left after 6 1/3 innings trailing by two runs. The outing marked his third consecutive no-decision and fourth this season and was a nice follow-up to seven scoreless innings in Atlanta on May 8.

"He pitched well; he did a nice job," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "Span hurt him with the three hits off him. But he pitched late into the game. That helped us. Our starters have been getting through the first part of the game. We're starting to establish that."


"The bullpen has been great, but the ninth inning tonight was a tough one. I have about as much trust in Huddy as anybody. He and [Tyler Clippard] and [Brad Ziegler] ... those three guys are pretty much interchangeable to me. I decided to go to Huddy, and that was a good part of the order for him numbers-wise, but that hit-batsman [Span] hurt him there." -- Hale, on the Giants' two-run, game-winning rally off Hudson


Why are the D-backs 5-15 at home? They have a negative-37 run differential. Their 89 runs scored at home is good for 12th among the 30 MLB teams, but their 126 allowed is the most.


Giants: They close a four-game series at Chase Field on Sunday with a 1:10 p.m. PT start. Matt Cain is looking for his first win of the season and first since last July 22 over the Padres in San Diego. He's 0-5 this season and overall has lost his last eight decisions, making him 0-8 in his last 16 starts..

D-backs:Rubby De La Rosa will make his seventh start and 10th appearance of the season in the finale of a four-game series in Chase Field at 1:10 MST on Sunday. De La Rosa is 4-1 with a 2.00 ERA and a .172 opponents batting average in his last five games.

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