When Tony Campana finally made his way into the clubhouse, there were cheers and high-fives all around as the D-backs celebrated an unlikely 6-5 win over the Giants in 10 innings at AT&T Park.
In just his second start of the year, Campana went 4-for-6 and wreaked havoc on the base paths.
His fourth hit of the night proved to be the game winner, a looping liner that was just outside the reach of retreating second baseman Brandon Hicks, and Cliff Pennington -- who had singled and stolen second --- was able to come around to score the go-ahead run.
"I took a couple good pitches to hit and I was really happy when Penny got to second, because I'm not a guy that can put a ball in the gap and have him score from first," Campana said of the eight-pitch at-bat. "So it took a little pressure off once he got to second, and I knew I just had to get a ball through the infield somehow. I got jammed and it got over his head, barely."
Addison Reed closed things out in the bottom of the 10th to save the unlikely victory.
"We didn't really play well at all," D-backs catcher Miguel Montero said. "But if you look at it, they didn't play good at all, either. It goes either way. I don't think it was a well-played game for both sides, but we were lucky enough to get the win."
For the Giants, this was one they felt they should have had.
"We just let the game get away," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's one you hate to lose at home. These are the ones you're supposed to win and this one slipped away, especially when we come back the way we did -- guys did a great job on that."
With the win, the D-backs finished up their road trip with a 3-3 record. They now head home to open a six-game homestand against the Dodgers and Mets, and it would not be surprising to see some changes on the horizon.
One that seems likely is the shift of Randall Delgado to the bullpen with Josh Collmenter moving from the 'pen to take his place, though D-backs manager Kirk Gibson was not ready to commit to that.
"Well it's 11:35 p.m. and we're going to get home around 3 a.m.," Gibson said. "You're going to have to give me a couple days to think about it, OK?"
Delgado failed to get out of the fourth inning Thursday after getting roughed up in four innings in his first start of the year.
Pennington's two-run single in the second off Ryan Vogelsong gave the D-backs an early lead and teased with the possibility that they might be building upon the momentum from Wednesday night's win.
Delgado gave one of the runs back in the bottom half of the inning, but the offense went back to work in the third as Montero doubled home two runs to put the D-backs up 4-1.
Delgado, though, was unable to get the shutdown inning he needed as the Giants scored single runs in the third and fourth innings to pull to within 4-3.
The third-inning run stung and could have been prevented had Montero made a better decision.
With a runner on third and two outs, Giants slugger Buster Posey surprised everyone in the ballpark when he laid down a perfectly placed bunt. Montero jumped out and fielded the bunt to the third-base side of the plate, but rather than hang on to the ball, he attempted to throw to first.
Posey beat the throw and on the play, Angel Pagan scored from third.
In the fifth, the Giants grabbed their first lead of the night when Michael Morse doubled home a pair of runs off reliever Will Harris.
The D-backs tied the game at 5 in the eighth when Campana beat out an infield single and Gerardo Parra came around from second to score when third baseman Pablo Sandoval's throw sailed into the stands.
"That's what happens when you have speed like that," Gibson said. "You've got to rush it."