Luis Gonzalez doubled and scored the tying run, then drove in
two more with a triple and the Diamondbacks beat the Giants for the
third straight time, 11-5 on Thursday night.
Arizona's Doug DeVore had his first two major league RBI, one
on his first home run. The Diamondbacks scored 25 runs in the three
victories that matched their longest winning streak of the season.
Just last week, the Arizona was shut out in consecutive games by
"We've said many times it's contagious," Arizona manager Bob
Brenly said of the newfound offense. "It's amazing when you get a
couple of guys going, it just infiltrates the whole lineup."
The Giants had won 10 in a row before dropping the final three
of the four-game series.
"I don't want to go as far as to say I'm worried," Giants
manager Felipe Alou said. "My favorite word is `concerned' about
how we lost the game. We didn't pitch deep into the game. We were
doing that in our winning streak. We didn't do that here."
Arizona lost 10 of 12 before they rallied to beat San Francisco
6-5 on Tuesday, when Diamondbacks chairman Jerry Colangelo gave
Brenly a vote of confidence.
"We win 10 games in a row, then we come in here and they've
been struggling a little bit," the Giants' A.J. Pierzynski said.
"Brenly's having meetings, you read about his job being on the
line. They're going to play hard for him, and they came out and did
Brandon Webb gave up four runs in the first inning, two earned,
then blanked the Giants for the next five. He said he remembered
the advice then-teammate Curt Schilling gave him in the same
situation against the Giants a year ago.
"He told me, 'Just calm down, throw the first inning away and
go out there and throw the best game you've thrown all year,"
Webb said. "I did that last year, thought about that this year and
did the same thing. I needed that to come back strong."
Webb (3-5), who allowed four hits but walked five, became the
first Arizona starter other than Randy Johnson to win since May 10
-- a span of 22 games.
Six Arizona players had at least two hits apiece. Alex Cintron
was 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI. Eight of Arizona's
runs came with two outs.
"That's big for us," said Gonzalez, who is 9-for-16 in his
last four games. "For us to win, we have to be able to come up big
with two outs. Tonight we did it most of the game."
Giants starter Jerome Williams (4-4) allowed six runs on eight
hits in five innings.
With two outs in the fifth and the Diamondbacks down 4-3,
Gonzalez doubled down the right-field line, then scored on a single
by Shea Hillenbrand, who advanced to second on the throw home. Chad
Tracy lined a single past diving second baseman Neifi Perez to put
Arizona up 5-4.
Cintron's double to the left-field gap scored Tracy from third,
and it was 6-4. Gonzalez's two-out triple to the wall in
right-center brought two more home in the sixth to make it 8-4.
DeVore's solo homer off Wayne Franklin in the seventh put Arizona
up 9-5. The ball sailed into the Giants' bullpen, and the relievers
returned it to him to commemorate his first home run.
"When I was running around the bases, I could barely feel my
feet," DeVore said.
The game got off to an ugly start for Arizona. Edgardo Alfonzo
singled with one out, then Marquis Grissom doubled. Barry Bonds was
walked intentionally for the 38th time this season, loading the
Alfonzo scored from third on a wild pitch when Webb tried to
apply the tag before he caught the throw from catcher Brett Mayne.
Pedro Feliz walked to load the bases again, and Pierzynski
grounded a double-play ball to first. But Hillenbrand's throw to
second bounced off Feliz's helmet, and two runs scored.
Perez's sacrifice fly brought in the fourth run of the inning.
Arizona cut it to 4-3 in the second. Hillenbrand and Tracy
singled, then Cintron doubled a run home. DeVore brought another
run in with an infield single, his first major league RBI. The
third run scored when Mayne grounded into a fielder's choice.
San Francisco's Michael Tucker was 0-for-5 with four
strikeouts. ... Bonds was 0-for-1 and walked three times, once
intentionally. ... Mayne had his first stolen base in two seasons.
... Alfonzo reached in the eighth when right fielder DeVore and
second baseman Scott Hairston let a pop fly fall between them, each
thinking the other would catch it.