Phoenix, AZ, United States (4E Sports) – Angel Pagan capped San Francisco’s five-run outburst in the eighth with a three-run shot as the Giants marched to an 8-5 triumph over the Arizona Diamondbacks Thursday at Chase Field.
San Francisco, which captured three in the four-game series, trailed 5-3 when Hunter Pence drew a one-out walk from D-backs reliever Will Harris to launch the eighth-inning rally. Pence scored on Hector Sanchez’s double.
One out later, pinch-hitter Buster Posey drew an intentional walk. Another pinch-hitter, Michael Morse, grounded a single up the middle to drive in pinch-runner Juan Perez with the tying run.
Then Pagan drove Harris’ first pitch into the right-center-field pool area for an 8-5 lead which they never relinquished en route to a 3-1 mark.
Tim Lincecum allowed four runs on eight hits – including two-run homers to Paul Goldschmidt and Mark Trumbo – with seven strikeouts in six innings while Jean Machi (1-0) got the win.
Diamondbacks starter Bronson Arroyo lacked his usual dominance against the Giants, yielding two runs on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts as Arizona dropped to 1-5.
The Giants opened scoring with two outs in the first inning on Brandon Belt’s third home run in four games.
Arizona responded in predictable fashion in its half of the first, when Goldschmidt followed Aaron Hill’s bloop single with his homer. For his career, Goldschmidt is 12-for-23 with six home runs and 13 RBIs off Lincecum.
San Francisco pulled even in the fourth as Pablo Sandoval doubled, advanced on Pence’s single and scored on Sanchez’s sacrifice fly.
After Trumbo’s homer widened Arizona’s lead to 4-2 in the sixth, the Giants shaved the lead in the seventh on Brandon Hicks’ first career pinch-hit homer, a drive into the second deck off Josh Collmenter.
The D-backs offset that run in their half of the inning. Reliever David Huff did not properly cover first base on a potential double-play grounder, leaving Gerardo Parra aboard to score on Hill’s double.