Pablo Sandoval’s throwing error in the eighth inning allowed the Arizona Diamondbacks to tie the game in the eighth inning and Tony Campana’s bloop single fell just out of the reach of Brandon Hicks as Arizona came back to beat the San Francisco Giants 6-5 in 10 innings at AT&T Park Thursday.
The win gave the Diamondbacks (4-8) their first series victory of the season. Arizona won the final two games of the three-game set against the Giants, who opened the season by taking three of four in Phoenix last week.
Neither starting pitcher fared well. Ryan Vogelsong gave up four runs in the first three innings before settling down and Arizona starter Randall Delgado gave up six hits and three walks in 3.1 innings while surrendering three runs.
With San Francisco (6-4) holding a slim 5-4 lead in the eighth, Santiago Casilla came on to pitch for the Giants. He issued a one-out walk to Gerardo Parra and Cliff Pennington singled. After a fly out, Campana chopped a ball toward Sandoval. Sandoval fielded it cleanly but rushed to try to get the speedy Campana at first, air-mailing the throw over the head of first baseman Brandon Belt, which allowed Parra to come around and score.
In the 10th, with Yusmeiro Petit (0-1) on in relief for the Giants, Pennington singled with one out and, after a fly out, stole second. Campana hit a little flare out toward shallow right that Hicks, playing second base, just missed getting to. By the time Hunter Pence fielded the ball in right field, Pennington came around to score to put the D-backs up 6-5.
Arizona started the scoring on a two-run single by Pennington in the second. The Giants got one back in the bottom of the inning. Pence doubled and came around to score on Hicks’ single to left.
Miguel Montero stroked a two-run double for the Diamondbacks in the third to put them up 4-1, but San Francisco chipped away at the lead.
Angel Pagan led off the third with a single and Belt walked. Sandoval grounded into a double play before Buster Posey stunned the Diamondbacks by laying down a two-out bunt for a base hit and an RBI, with Pagan scoring from third.
In the fifth, Sandoval drew a walk from reliever Oliver Perez. After Will Harris relieved Perez, Posey singled and Morse hit his second double of the game to center field to give the Giants the lead for the first time.
Vogelsong wound up working five innings, allowing four runs on seven hits with a walk and five strikeouts. Casilla was hit with a blown save after being charged with the unearned run in the eighth.
Posey, Pence, Morse and Crawford each had two hits for the Giants, who finished the game with 10.
The Giants will open a three-game series with the Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park at 7:15 p.m. Friday. Madison Bumgarner (1-0, 1.74 ERA) is scheduled for San Francisco, with Jorge De La Rosa (0-1, 8.31 ERA) slated for the Rockies.
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