PHOENIX -- Paul Goldschmidt's three-run homer keyed a four-run third inning that helped make a winner of Zack Greinke as the D-backs beat the Giants, 4-3, on Friday night at Chase Field.Trailing, 1-0, heading into the third, the D-backs strung together three straight one-out singles off Giants starter Ty Blach,
PHOENIX -- Paul Goldschmidt's three-run homer keyed a four-run third inning that helped make a winner of Zack Greinke as the D-backs beat the Giants, 4-3, on Friday night at Chase Field.
Trailing, 1-0, heading into the third, the D-backs strung together three straight one-out singles off Giants starter Ty Blach, the final of which was a tapper to third by A.J. Pollock that scored a run. "Goldy," as Goldschmidt's Players Weekend jersey bears, then stepped to the plate and connected on a 2-1 pitch for his 30th homer of the year to give the D-backs a 4-1 lead.
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"They're all tough," Goldschmidt said of the win. "They're a really good team, too. I know their record hasn't been what it could be, but their talent and the way they play is really good. Nobody is taking them lightly and they're always a tough challenge."
True to form, the Giants did fight back, scoring a run in the fifth and another in the seventh to chase Greinke (15-6) from the game, but a trio of Arizona relievers kept the Giants at bay.
Greinke's 15 wins tie him for the most in the Majors while his 12 home wins lead the National League. Arizona moved 1 1/2 games ahead of Colorado atop the National League Wild Card standings.
"The close ones, they can always go either way," Goldschmidt said. "We had the lead tonight and they were just chipping away. We were trying to add on and just weren't able to get it -- their relief guys did a great job."
Blach (8-10) has lost his last three starts while posting an 8.82 ERA. The rookie left-hander acknowledged he has been trying to adjust his pitching approach.
"A few things mechanically," said "The Preacher. "Just trying to get back to making quality pitches."
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One for three: With one out and runners on first and second in the second, Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford (aka "B-Craw") was picked off second base. That may have cost the Giants a run as Nick Hundley ("Hundo") followed with a double to left-center, and Pablo Sandoval ("Panda") scored all the way from first on the hit. Hundley got caught in a rundown between second and third and was tagged out to end the frame. Three consecutive hits by the Giants netted them one run and two outs.
"Great court awareness by Zack," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said of the pickoff. "He's a pitcher, but he's a baseball player and I think that he was just sensing that Crawford was sneaking off a little too far. He's got great instincts, great peripheral vision when he's standing on the mound, and he dropped an inside move and wiggled out of that jam by getting that big out."
Giants manager Bruce Bochy used almost the same words to describe Greinke's play: "Greinke's got pretty good game awareness. He smelled it."
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No Panik: After the Giants scored a run to cut the D-backs' lead to 4-3 in the seventh, Jorge De La Rosa replaced Greinke with two outs, a runner on first and Joe Panik at the plate. Panik, activated from the concussion DL before the game, struck out to end the San Francisco threat.
"A great matchup moment for Jorge," Lovullo said. "He came in and executed the game plan very well. Joe Panik is a very good hitter and it looked like he made some good pitches to get him out."
It was the second time Panik didn't deliver in a key spot. With a runner on first and one out in the fifth, he lifted a fly ball down the right-field line that drifted foul before going over the wall and eventually grounded into an inning-ending double play.
"It looked like a hanging breaking ball that he just pulled," Bochy said of Panik's near-homer. "I don't know how foul it was. I was hoping it would hang in there and it just missed staying fair."
Giants:Madison Bumgarner, aka "Mad-Bum," will return to the site of his Opening Day start this year when he confronts the D-backs in Saturday's 5:10 p.m. PT rematch at Chase Field. In that opener, Bumgarner clobbered two homers besides allowing three runs and striking out 11 in seven innings.
D-backs:Taijuan Walker will get the start for the D-backs on Saturday night at 5:10 p.m. MST as they take on the Giants in the second game of a three-game set. "Tai-Weezy" is looking for his first win since June 21 when he beat the Rockies in Denver. He tossed five shutout innings last time out against the Mets, but did not get a decision.
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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.
Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.