Gausman, Dickerson lead Giants past Diamondbacks 7-1

Aug 4, 2021, 10:53 AM | Updated: Aug 5, 2021, 12:04 am

PHOENIX (AP) — Kevin Gausman threw six stellar innings, Alex Dickerson added a three-run homer and the San Francisco Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-1 on Wednesday night.

Gausman (10-5) gave up five hits, walked none and struck out eight. He cruised through the first five innings before running into trouble in the sixth. Asdrúbal Cabrera tagged Gausman for an RBI single, but then the hard-throwing right-hander retired Drew Ellis and Daulton Varsho to end the threat.

It was a much-needed bounce-back outing for the NL All-Star, who had struggled since the midseason break with an 0-2 record and 8.49 ERA in three starts.

Gausman said he made some minor mechanical adjustments during recent bullpen sessions — mostly related to posture — that allowed him to have more success.

“I just felt like it locked everything back in,” Gausman said. “I noticed the ball really having the life it had in previous starts.”

Arizona starter Zac Gallen (1-6) took the loss, giving up three earned runs over 5 2/3 innings. San Francisco’s Donovan Solano gave him the most trouble: He hit a solo homer in the fourth and chased Gallen from the game in the sixth with a two-RBI single.

Gallen gave up four hits and three walks while striking out six. He threw a season-high 109 pitches.

“Pretty decent stuff, they were just taking some good pitches,” Gallen said. “They were patient.”

The first-place Giants broke the game open in the seventh when Dickerson hit a line drive homer over the right-center field wall off Jake Faria, scoring Buster Posey and Austin Slater. It was Dickerson’s 12th homer of the season.

The Giants scored four runs in the seventh off Faria, all with two outs. Faria struck out LaMonte Wade for the third out, but he reached first after the ball bounced away from catcher Bryan Holaday. The next four batters all reached base, including Dickerson’s homer.

“The wheels came off a little bit,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said.

San Francisco’s Tommy La Stella reached base four times on two singles and two walks in his first game back from the injured list. It was his first game in more than three months.

La Stella signed a $18.75 million, three-year deal with the Giants during the offseason.

“It’s sort of what we were hoping for when we signed him – the kind of game he gave us today,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said.

The Diamondbacks finished with just six hits, including five singles and one double.


Giants: La Stella (hamstring) was reinstated from the 60-day injured list and started at third base … RHP Anthony DeSclafani was placed on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder fatigue. The move is retroactive to Aug. 3. … LHP Conner Menez designated for assignment. … OF Mike Yastrzemski was scratched from the lineup with right hamstring tightness. … Kapler said 1B Brandon Belt (knee) was expected to arrive in Phoenix on Wednesday and could be added to the active roster as soon as Thursday.

Diamondbacks: IF Josh VanMeter was scratched from the starting lineup because of low back spasms. VanMeter later made a pinch-hit appearance and struck out.


The Giants and D-backs wrap up a four-game series on Thursday afternoon. San Francisco will send LHP Alex Wood (9-3, 3.83 ERA) to the mound to face D-backs RHP Merrill Kelly (7-8, 4.38).


More AP MLB: and

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Indiana Pacers forward Jalen Smith (25) dunks against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30...
Associated Press

Rookie Nembhard has 31, leads Pacers past Warriors, 112-104

SAN FRANCSICO (AP) — Rookie Andrew Nembhard outshined the Splash Brothers on their home court. Nembhard scored a season-high 31 points and added 13 assists and eight rebounds to lead the undermanned Indiana Pacers to a 112-104 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Monday night. A second-round draft pick, Nembhard made a key 3-pointer […]
23 hours ago
Associated Press

North Dakota State wins 67-62 over Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Boden Skunberg scored 20 points as North Dakota State beat Portland 67-62 on Monday. Skunberg also contributed 10 rebounds for the Bison (2-8). Tajavis Miller shot 7 for 13, including 3 for 7 from beyond the arc to add 17 points. Damari Wheeler-Thomas went 5 of 9 from the field to […]
23 hours ago
Associated Press

Odunewu’s 23 lead New Mexico State past Simon Fraser 77-35

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Shakiru Odunewu had 23 points in New Mexico State’s 77-35 win against Simon Fraser on Monday. Odunewu also contributed 10 rebounds and three blocks for the Aggies (4-2). Kyle Feit added 16 points while shooting 6 for 15, including 4 for 12 from beyond the arc, and he also had […]
23 hours ago
San Diego State guard Matt Bradley, below, drives with the ball as Troy guard Nelson Phillips defen...
Associated Press

Bradley leads No. 22 San Diego St over Troy 60-55

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Matt Bradley scored 19 points and No. 22 San Diego State beat Troy 60-55 on Monday night. Darrion Trammell made a layup in traffic, converted two free throws and forced a key steal in the final three minutes to seal the win for the Aztecs (7-2). “Another hard-fought game,” San Diego […]
23 hours ago
Calgary Flames forward Nazem Kadri, left, celebrates his goal with teammate Rasmus Andersson during...
Associated Press

Kadri’s winner halts Coyotes’ comeback, Flames win 3-2

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Nazem Kadri scored the game-winning goal at 15:42 of the third period and added two assists to lead the Calgary Flames to a 3-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Monday. Dillon Dube and Elias Lindholm also scored for Calgary (12-10-3), which has won five of its last six games at […]
23 hours ago
Washington Capitals' Nic Dowd (26) and Trevor van Riemsdyk (57) celebrate a goal against the Edmont...
Associated Press

Dowd lifts Capitals to 3-2 win over Oilers

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Nic Dowd scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period and Washington Capitals beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 Monday night to snap a two-game skid. Lars Eller and T.J. Oshie also scored for the Capitals, who are 2-5-3 in their last 10 road games. Charlie Lindgren made 28 saves. “We were […]
23 hours ago
Gausman, Dickerson lead Giants past Diamondbacks 7-1