SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Chad Tracy has already matched his home run
total from his impressive rookie season a year ago, and he's
showing signs he could be Arizona's offensive star of the future.
Tracy hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the sixth and the
Diamondbacks avoided their longest losing streak of the season,
beating the San Francisco Giants 6-4 on Tuesday night.
The 25-year-old Tracy added about nine pounds of muscle to his
6-foot-2, 200-pound frame with a rigorous offseason regimen -- and
he is realizing the benefits of some added bulk. He drinks protein
shakes in his hotel room before games to make sure he can keep the
"As you get older, you fill out," Tracy said. "I'm still
young. Hopefully I will keep filling out and those home run numbers
will keep going up."
Shawn Green hit a tying RBI double two batters before Tracy
connected and Green drove in two runs as Arizona ended its
five-game skid, which matched the club's longest this year.
Claudio Vargas (1-4) finally earned his first victory of the
season in his sixth start and eighth appearance. It was his second
start for Arizona after being claimed off waivers from Washington
on June 3.
The right-hander barely outpitched Giants starter Brett Tomko.
Vargas allowed four runs and eight hits in five innings, struck out
five and walked three. He plunked Todd Linden and Mike Matheny in
consecutive at-bats in the third.
Vargas hadn't won as a starter since June 2 last year, a stretch
of eight winless starts between victories.
"I'm happy because it's my first win and we'd lost a couple
games in a row," Vargas said. "The guys helped me get out of some
trouble. I'm looking to do things better, but I got my confidence
back. That's the most important thing for us."
Brian Bruney worked the ninth for his seventh save in 10
Linden homered and drove in the go-ahead run in the fifth on a
groundout, but the Giants couldn't keep their lead and lost for the
third time in four games on a night when a spectacular full moon
ascended over the brick-lined right-field fence beginning in the
fifth inning as a treat for the start of summer.
Green's tying RBI double in the sixth scored Luis Gonzalez, who
started the inning with a double. Then Tracy sent a 2-0 pitch from
Tomko into the right-field arcade for his eighth homer of the year.
He was trying to pitch around Tracy.
"I was trying to waste it and I left it over the plate. It was
not a good, period," Tomko said. "I try to stay positive. What
else can I do, crawl into a hole?"
The Diamondbacks lost 8-3 to the Giants in Monday's series
opener and were swept in three straight games at Cleveland over the
weekend. Arizona also lost five straight from June 1-5 and is just
6-14 so far this month.
Linden homered to lead off the second for San Francisco, a shot
to center for his second homer since joining the Giants from
Triple-A Fresno last Tuesday. He had a three-run homer in Sunday's
10-8, 10-inning loss at Detroit.
Pedro Feliz doubled twice, singled and drove in a run for the
Giants, who missed several early scoring opportunities.
Tomko (5-9) dug himself a hole right away. Craig Counsell walked
on four pitches to lead off the game, then Royce Clayton doubled
and Linden couldn't keep the ball in his glove in right field while
sliding to try to make the play.
After that, Tomko allowed consecutive broken-bat RBI singles to
Gonzalez and Green. Alex Cintron followed by driving in a run when
he grounded into a double play to make it 3-0.
Tomko was knocked out of his start last Thursday after only 4
2/3 innings when he gave up seven runs and nine hits at Minnesota.
After Tracy's single in the first Tuesday, Tomko retired the next
12 batters he faced before Counsell singled in the fifth.
"We battled back, but once we took a lead, bingo, he gave it
up," Giants manager Felipe Alou said. "It's happened a lot this
year. We haven't been able to shut them down."
Vargas escaped a bases-loaded jam in the first when he struck
out Feliz looking to end it. The Giants loaded the bases again in
the third when Vargas plunked Linden and then Matheny to bring in a
The Giants stranded 11 and went 1-for-10 with runners in
scoring position. ... Diamondbacks 3B Troy Glaus, who fell hard on
his right wrist at Cleveland on Sunday, got the day off after he
landed on the wrist again in Monday's game. "It's still barking a
little bit," manager Bob Melvin said. "You never want to have
Troy out of the game." Glaus is expected to play Wednesday. ...
Feliz is batting .458 (11-for-24) in his last six games.