SAN FRANCISCO -- The D-backs were decimated by a seven-run inning from the Giants in Monday night's 10-3 loss at AT&T Park to open the three-game series.For the second time in three starts, right-hander Zack Godley only lasted 3 1/3 innings while getting knocked around by the opposition. Ketel Marte
SAN FRANCISCO -- The D-backs were decimated by a seven-run inning from the Giants in Monday night's 10-3 loss at AT&T Park to open the three-game series.
For the second time in three starts, right-hander Zack Godley only lasted 3 1/3 innings while getting knocked around by the opposition. Ketel Marte broke a scoreless tie in the top of the fourth, blasting a two-run double off the wall to cap off a quality at-bat against Derek Holland. Having retired seven straight batters entering the bottom of the frame and with a two-run cushion at his disposal, Godley was in a groove.
"It didn't last long," Godley lamented after the game.
Over the course of three pitches, the Giants tied it up. Andrew McCutchen and Brandon Crawford led off the fateful frame with a pair of line-drive shots to left field before Godley surrendered two more hits, walked two and hit a batter. He only retired one batter before Noel Salas entered the game. Salas didn't fare much better, as the game unraveled and the Giants pushed across seven runs while sending 12 men to the plate during the inning. All seven runs were charged to Godley, whose ERA ballooned to 5.12.
"It was a mistake to McCutchen that he hit and then, obviously, it was a mistake to Crawford," Godley said. "There's a lot of good things that happened for me in the game, and also a lot of bad things that happened in one inning. Just snowballed on me and I couldn't get it under control in enough time."
Godley has now lost three of his last four starts, including a May 23 loss when he gave up a season-high eight runs (six earned) across 3 1/3 innings. He's looked much more hittable this season, with a WHIP that soared to 1.57, compared to the 1.14 WHIP and 3.37 ERA he posted in 2017.
D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said teams have a better scouting report on Godley after he tossed a career-high 155 innings last year. Now it's a matter of locating his big breaking ball consistently.
"I like my curveball. I throw my curveball a lot," Godley said. "If guys can see it, they're going to lay off of it as much as they can until I can prove that I can throw for it strikes."
Jake Lamb added an RBI single in the eighth while the Giants already held a firm grasp of the game. Otherwise, the D-backs didn't push a runner into scoring position.
"I thought we flattened out after the seven-run fourth," Lovullo said. "Those are tough moments to come back from."
The D-backs' divisional lead over second-place Colorado, idle Monday, shrunk to one game while the Giants crept to 1 1/2 games back in the National League West.
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Once replay officials ruled that a bounced breaking ball in the dirt grazed Joe Panik to load the bases, Lovullo pulled Godley from the mound in the fourth. Salas entered, and the Giants were able blow the game open in the space of a single at-bat. With Buster Posey batting, a wild pitch by Salas brought home Gorkys Hernandez. Salas then surrendered a booming two-run double to Posey to the right-field gap, giving the Giants a five-run lead.
Marte was charged with his first error of the year in the eighth inning when Panik laced one up the middle, snapping Marte's streak of 219 chances without a defensive miscue. But he's batting .391 (9-for-23) with four doubles, two triples, two homers and eight RBIs over his last seven contests.
Patrick Corbin will face the Giants on Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. MST for the first time since hurling a one-hit shutout against them April 17. The southpaw surrendered a season-high six runs, all via the home run, but struck out 10 in his last start Wednesday against the Reds. The D-backs will be the first team to face Madison Bumgarner in 2018, as the Giants ace will make his season debut after breaking his finger in Spring Training.
Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area.