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Longo homers off Greinke before diving play

Third baseman hits first clout since May 29
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PHOENIX -- Evan Longoria had an eventful first inning on Thursday night. First, he gave San Francisco a quick lead. Then, he protected it.

In San Francisco's 8-1 win at Chase Field, Longoria hit his 11th homer of the season off D-backs ace Zack Greinke to give the Giants a 1-0 lead, his first home run since hitting a pair on May 29. The San Francisco third baseman recently returned after missing six weeks due to surgery on his fractured left hand.

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PHOENIX -- Evan Longoria had an eventful first inning on Thursday night. First, he gave San Francisco a quick lead. Then, he protected it.

In San Francisco's 8-1 win at Chase Field, Longoria hit his 11th homer of the season off D-backs ace Zack Greinke to give the Giants a 1-0 lead, his first home run since hitting a pair on May 29. The San Francisco third baseman recently returned after missing six weeks due to surgery on his fractured left hand.

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"It's good to get on the board early facing the [National League] Pitcher of the Month," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "Greinke's been throwing the ball so well and we battled well."

Since coming off the disabled list, Longoria has a hit in six of seven games. He is 8-for-29 (.276) with a double, triple, homer and two RBIs over that stretch.

In the bottom of the first, Longoria helped Giants ace Madison Bumgarner escape a jam unscathed. With the bases loaded and one out, Longoria robbed Steven Souza Jr. of a hit with a diving grab to his left, saving at least one run on the play.

"That diving play, it saves you," Bochy said. "A play like that, it stops a rally. That ball gets through, they get momentum going. Huge play there for us. You want the ball hit to him. There are some errors, but he's a pro, he knows where to be, he knows himself well and he's got good range, he showed that on that line drive."

Video: SF@ARI: Longoria lays out for superb run-saving catch

Jake Rill is an editorial producer for MLB.com based in Phoenix.

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