Diamondbacks’ bullpen narrowly holds off Giants to win 4-3

Jul 11, 2022, 10:50 AM | Updated: 11:21 pm
Arizona Diamondbacks' Daulton Varsho watches his two-run single against the San Francisco Giants du...

Arizona Diamondbacks' Daulton Varsho watches his two-run single against the San Francisco Giants during the third inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Monday, July 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants were counting on coming back to the Bay Area and building some momentum from two impressive wins at San Diego last weekend.

Instead, the defending NL West champions flopped at home again — this time against a team that was 10 games under .500.

For the past three weeks Ketel Marte’s tender left hamstring has limited him to designated hitter for the Diamondbacks, but his hustle to beat out a throw wound up keying a rally in Arizona’s 4-3 win against the scuffling Giants on Monday night.

Marte was safe at first in the third inning on an attempted inning-ending double play, and Daulton Varsho hit a two-run single four batters later to make it 3-0.

“Just trying to string wins together at this point,” discouraged San Francisco starter Alex Cobb said. “It’s frustrating to lose the game the way we did. I felt like we had all the momentum in the world coming out of San Diego with these two wins the last couple days.”

David Peralta and Sergio Alcántara also singled in runs as Arizona did just enough to back Merrill Kelly (8-5) in his second consecutive win.

Kelly pitched into the eighth but gave up a leadoff walk to LaMonte Wade Jr. All-Star reliever Joe Mantiply allowed pinch-hitter Darin Ruf’s infield single, an RBI double to Wilmer Flores and pinch-hitter Austin Slater’s RBI groundout.

“The way it lined up it felt like we were about to break the game open,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said.

Mantiply was done after a one-out walk to Luis González. Noé Ramirez entered and walked David Villar to load the bases before inducing Brandon Crawford’s inning-ending double play — the Giants challenged the out calls at first and second and both were confirmed.

Mark Melancon closed it out against his former club for his 12th save.

Kelly dueled with Cobb (3-4) again after the two also matched up last Wednesday in the desert. Cobb, facing Arizona at home for the first time, saw his winless stretch reach seven starts since he won at Colorado on May 17.

The Giants (43-42) lost their fifth straight at Oracle Park. San Francisco is in the midst of 17 games in a row and started a seven-game homestand that takes the club into the All-Star break.

FIRST TRIP TO THE BAY

In a strange scheduling twist this lockout-delayed season, this marks the Diamondbacks’ first Bay Area visit of the year — yes, in almost mid-July.

“We saw them for the first time last week. It’s July and we haven’t seen a team in our division,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said.

The Giants were 9-0 in the series at home last year.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Diamondbacks: RHP Ian Kennedy threw a bullpen Saturday and used all his pitches as he tests his inflamed right calf. He reported no pain and is on schedule to return after the All-Star break. “He’s feeling very, very good. Everything’s where it’s supposed to be,” Lovullo said. “We’re targeting sometime after the break.” … RHP J.B. Bukauskas, on the 60-day injured list with a strained pitching shoulder, threw 11 pitches in one inning Saturday with Triple-A Reno and continues to make good progress.

Giants: LHP José Álvarez (pitching elbow) was examined by team orthopedist Dr. Ken Akizuki over the weekend and will rest and receive treatment. … RHP Anthony DeSclafani was set for surgery on his right ankle Tuesday in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The recovery is expected to be four to five months. … 3B Evan Longoria (left oblique strain) is expected to begin a rehab assignment Thursday. … RHP Jakob Junis (left hamstring strain) pitched in an Arizona Complex League game. Both Longoria and Junis could be ready to return before the All-Star break, but Kapler sounded as if the preference would be to build up Junis so he could start and pitch five innings.

UP NEXT

LHP Dallas Keuchel (2-6, 7.63 ERA) pitches the middle game of the series Tuesday night and seeks his first career win against the Giants after going 0-2 with a 3.71 ERA over three outings. San Francisco counters with RHP Logan Webb (7-3, 2.98).

___

More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

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

AP

Arizona Diamondbacks' Stone Garrett strikes out against the San Francisco Giants during the second ...
Associated Press

Jake McCarthy’s two-run single lifts D-backs past Giants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stone Garrett’s father, Greg, arrived from Texas unprepared for cool San Francisco nights and had to buy a Giants sweatshirt to wear during his son’s long-awaited major league debut in a much-needed win for the Arizona Diamondbacks. “I knew he was going to come without a long-sleeve shirt, I literally knew […]
23 hours ago
Las Vegas Aces forward A'ja Wilson (22) reacts after a play against the Phoenix Mercury during the ...
Associated Press

Las Vegas beats short-handed Phoenix 79-63 in WNBA playoffs

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Kelsey Plum had 22 points, Chelsea Gray scored nine of her 17 points in the fourth quarter and the top-seeded Las Vegas Aces beat the short-handed Phoenix Mercury 79-63 on Wednesday night in the opening round of the WNBA playoffs. Las Vegas created some separation with a five-point possession midway through […]
23 hours ago
New York Yankees' Josh Donaldson passes Tampa Bay Rays' Isaac Paredes as he runs the bases after hi...
Associated Press

Donaldson hits walk-off slam in 10th, Yankees beat Rays 8-7

NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees were poised to extend their recent misery on a long night against the Rays. Then one swing from Josh Donaldson changed everything. Donaldson hit a walk-off grand slam in the 10th inning as the clock struck midnight, and struggling New York salvaged an 8-7 win over Tampa Bay on […]
23 hours ago
Houston Astros starting pitcher Framber Valdez delivers during the first inning of a baseball game ...
Associated Press

Valdez, Alvarez lead Astros to 3-2 win over White Sox

CHICAGO (AP) — The Houston Astros got back in the win column after blowing late leads in consecutive losses — not exactly shocking considering they own the best record in the American League. Framber Valdez threw solid seven innings, Yordan Alvarez drove in a run and scored one, and Houston beat the White Sox 3-2 […]
23 hours ago
New York Mets' Franciso Lindor runs the bases on his solo home run, past Atlanta Braves starting pi...
Associated Press

Baty homers first time up in majors, Mets beat Braves 9-7

ATLANTA (AP) — The first time Brett Baty stepped on the field in the big leagues, he simply took a look around. “I wanted to soak it all in,” he said. Then came a moment he’ll remember for a lifetime. Baty homered in his first major league at-bat, Starling Marte went deep twice and the […]
23 hours ago
Oakland Athletics' Sean Murphy (12) follows through on a solo home run swing as Texas Rangers catch...
Associated Press

Murphy hits 2 HRs, Langeliers homers as A’s roll past Texas

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Sean Murphy had his second two-homer game and rookie Shea Langeliers hit his first major league home run in his second game with Oakland, leading the Athletics to a 7-2 win over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night. Murphy pulled a solo home run to left field in the first inning […]
23 hours ago
Diamondbacks’ bullpen narrowly holds off Giants to win 4-3