San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Paul Goldschmidt blasted a three-run
homer and knocked in a career-high five runs on Tuesday as the Arizona
Diamondbacks defeated the San Francisco Giants, 7-2, in the opener of a three-
game series at AT&T Park.
Aaron Hill went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and Justin Upton crossed the
plate on a wild pitch for the Diamondbacks, who are 5 1/2 games behind the
St. Louis Cardinals for the second and final National League wild card spot.
Josh Collmenter (5-3) gave up just one run on two hits and two walks with four
strikeouts over five innings to win for the first time since Sept. 4.
Buster Posey knocked in a run with a double and Ryan Theriot added a pinch-hit
RBI double for the Giants, who have lost two straight, but have already locked
up the NL West crown.
Tim Lincecum (10-15) was knocked around for seven runs on five hits and four
walks over four-plus innings, snapping his string of three straight positive
Arizona got on the board in its first at-bat after loading the bases with no
outs against Lincecum. The two-time Cy Young winner fanned Miguel Montero, but
allowed a sacrifice fly to Goldschmidt for the first run, and uncorked a wild
pitch with Jason Kubel at the plate which allowed Hill to score for a 2-0
Hill singled to begin the Arizona third and moved to second on a passed ball
before Montero walked. Goldschmidt followed and blasted one deep and off the
left-field foul pole, extending the D'backs lead to 5-0.
San Francisco finally got to Collmenter for a run in the fourth. Marco Scutaro
led of the frame with a double down the line in left field, moved to third on
a groundout by Pablo Sandoval and scored via a Posey double to left.
The bases were once again full with no outs in the Arizona fifth. Goldschmidt
lofted a deep sacrifice fly to center field off Giants reliever Dan Runzler
and Upton scored from third on a wild pitch to widen the D'backs lead to 7-1.
Xavier Nady ripped a pinch-hit, one-out single down the left-field line in the
San Francisco eighth and came around to score on Theriot's double to make it a
Goldschmidt is 8-for-14 with five home runs for his career against Lincecum
... The Giants fell to 6-2 on their current 10-game homestand ... San
Francisco is 43-25 since the All-Star break ... Entering play on Tuesday, the
Giants had won eight of their last 10 home games ... Scutaro extended his
career-best hitting streak to 13 games ... Lincecum's first-inning wild pitch
was his MLB-leading 17th of the season ... San Francisco finished 1-for-5 with
runners in scoring position and left four on base.
The Sports Network