PHOENIX -- The D-backs are supposed to have a home-field advantage at Chase Field, but it's the Giants who continue to make themselves right at home in the desert as they won for the fifth time in as many tries at Chase Field, this one by a 6-4 margin Friday
PHOENIX -- The D-backs are supposed to have a home-field advantage at Chase Field, but it's the Giants who continue to make themselves right at home in the desert as they won for the fifth time in as many tries at Chase Field, this one by a 6-4 margin Friday night.
Giants starter Johnny Cueto overcame a shaky first inning to win his ninth straight decision and improve to 12-1. The right-hander allowed three runs in the first inning, but only one more after that while lasting seven innings and striking out nine.
San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said Cueto was battling a stomach virus prior to the game, contributing to his slow start. Yet the right-hander fought through it and provided a solid showing.
"I didn't know if we were going to have to get him after the first or second inning. He just wasn't doing well; he wasn't getting the ball where he wanted to," Bochy said. "Then he started throwing better and here he is, he holds them there to give us a chance to come back, great comeback with the bats, and he gives us seven solid innings."
The D-backs gave Shelby Miller (2-8) a 4-1 lead after three innings, but he was unable to hold it. Giants second baseman Grant Green drove home a pair of runs in the fourth with a single and Trevor Brown brought home two with a double in the sixth that gave the Giants the lead for good. Both of the hits came with two outs.
"It's a tough one," said D-backs manager Chip Hale, whose team has now lost six straight. "When you jump out to a lead like that and you're not able to hold it, it's tough."
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Filling in nicely: With starting third baseman Matt Duffy on the disabled list, Conor Gillaspie has seen an increase in playing time. The 28-year-old is making the most of it. He went 3-for-4, a homer shy of the cycle, with an RBI and two runs scored and is hitting .444 since June 21, the day Duffy went on the DL.
Right fielder Jarrett Parker and Green (filling in for the injured Hunter Pence and Joe Panik) also contributed. Parker went 2-for-4 with a homer and Green went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
"This organization has done a tremendous job of bringing not just good baseball players, but quality people and quality teammates, and that's something that's very noticeable from every guy they bring up," Gillaspie said. "Everybody puts aside a lot of their personal statistics and wants to be a part of this, and that's just pretty cool." More »
Lamb roars:Jake Lamb continues to make a push for a spot on the National League All-Star team. His third-inning homer was his third long ball in as many games. It's the first time in his career that he has homered in three straight games, and he is the second D-backs player to do it this year, joining Welington Castillo. Lamb also struck out three times, and the D-backs were once again in double digits with 11 punchouts.
"It was a nice home run, but you have to have a whole game of at-bats," Hale said. "The strikeouts are starting to pile up for him, and those are things that we work on and talk about and we've got to do better."
Third out tough to find: Of the five runs that Miller allowed, four came with two outs. Green's two-run single in the fourth and Brown's two-run double in the sixth both came with two outs and proved to be Miller's undoing.
"I just kind of caught a lot of bad breaks tonight," Miller said. "I don't think I pitched near as bad as the numbers showed." More »
Early woes: Cueto gave up three runs in the first inning, raising his ERA to 6.88 (13 earned runs in 17 innings) in the first this season. He also allowed homers in the first and third, marking the first time this season he has allowed multiple home runs in a start. Cueto allowed a homer and gave up multiple runs in consecutive starts for the first time this year. He settled in after that to improve to 8-0 on the road.
"He regrouped," Bochy said. "We got it within a one-run ballgame; I'm sure that brought some added life to him. He could tell we were fighting back in this thing."
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Cueto's nine straight winning decisions are the longest streak by a Giants starter since Jason Schmidt won 12 in a row from April 26-July 17, 2004.
D-backs shortstop Nick Ahmed was removed from the game in the seventh inning after his wife, Amanda, went into labor. Ahmed is likely to miss the next three days while on paternity leave, and the D-backs will make a roster move Saturday to fill his spot.
Giants:Jeff Samardzija (8-5, 3.91 ERA) takes the mound for the Giants in the second of the three-game set against the D-backs at Chase Field on Saturday at 7:10 p.m. PT. The right-hander looks to get back on track after going 1-3 with a 6.89 ERA in his last six starts.
D-backs:Patrick Corbin (4-6, 4.99 ERA) will look to bounce back from a rough start his last time out when he takes the mound Saturday against the Giants at 7:10 p.m. MST. Corbin allowed six runs in 4 1/3 innings last weekend against the Rockies in Denver.
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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.
Jake Rill is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Giants on Friday.