Morris tosses CG, Feliz has six RBI as Giants dump D-backs

PHOENIX (AP) -- For the Arizona Diamondbacks, home is where the hurt is.

An 8-2 loss to San Francisco on Thursday capped a 1-9 homestand for the Diamondbacks, who fell a game behind first-place Los Angeles in the NL West. The Diamondbacks left for a three-city, seven-game trip immediately after the game, and no team has ever been happier to get out of town.

"It was ugly," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. "It was embarrassing. We're all embarrassed."

Pedro Feliz drove in a career-high six runs and Matt Morris
pitched his first complete game in a year for the Giants. They helped make a bad homestand worse for the Diamondbacks, enduring a stunning and sudden collapse.

The homestand had a little of everything, from revelations that former reliever Jason Grimsley admitted using performance-enhancing drugs to the club's decision to part with slumping starting pitcher Russ Ortiz at a cost of about $22 million.

On the field, the Diamondbacks were outscored by a combined 78-24, serving as a welcome mat for the Philadelphia Phillies, New York Mets and San Francisco Giants.

As if things weren't bad enough, left fielder Luis Gonzalez
reacted angrily Thursday after the team's top executive told a newspaper there have been "whispers" about whether the five-time All-Star used performance-enhancing drugs.

Diamondbacks managing general partner Ken Kendrick did not accuse his club's most popular player of cheating. But he mentioned Gonzalez's name in a rambling interview with The Arizona Republic about steroids in baseball, which prompted Gonzalez to call a news
conference two hours before the game.

"Just to have your name thrown in it -- I've had phone calls from 7:30 this morning till right now," Gonzalez said. "I don't want to be in this situation. I don't think any of my teammates do.

"It's unfortunate that I almost have to sit here today to defend myself for no reason," he said.

The Diamondbacks' play on the homestand was indefensible. And the slump came after they completed a 7-3 road trip with a four-game sweep in Atlanta.

The Diamondbacks are 1-8 since they learned June 6 that federal agents had searched Grimsley's home in an investigation into performance-enhancing drugs. The team released Grimsley the next day but has played listlessly since.

"We can't use that as an excuse," Melvin said. "If we continue to do that, then we resist moving forward."

Starting pitcher Miguel Batista (6-4) agreed with Melvin's assessment that the team had been embarrassed.

"I believe he is entitled to that opinion," said Batista, who gave up three earned runs and 10 hits in six innings. "Because he asked us once, 'Where's my team? Because my team that got after Atlanta, that is not the team I've had the last four-five games. So where's my team?' He has the right to ask that.

"This is not magic," Batista said. "This is performance and execution."

The Giants performed and executed Thursday.

Morris (4-7) threw a seven-hitter, going the distance for the first time since June 6, 2005, with St. Louis against Boston. The right-hander struck out five and walked two in his 19th career complete game.

"I was able to execute my curveball pretty well," Morris said. "Fastball was OK. It was good enough to keep them off my curveball."

Arizona provided little resistance against Morris, who entered with one win since April 13.

He won his first two starts of the season before dropping seven of his next eight decisions. His slide began April 18 at Chase Field, when the Diamondbacks tagged him for seven runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings.

But Morris looked like a different pitcher this time. He retired his first six batters and then set down nine of 10 between the third and sixth.

Morris blanked the Diamondbacks until Shawn Green's RBI double in the seventh.

"Anytime you get some runs early, it's going to make it a little easier," Morris said. "You've still got a long way to go, but it takes a lot of pressure off the pitcher."

Feliz provided most of Morris' support. He hit a three-run homer and finished with four hits. He also drove in runs with a double and two singles to lead the Giants' 15-hit outburst. Eliezer Alfonzo homered for the second time in two starts.

Feliz's six RBI were the most by a Giant since Barry Bonds drove in six on Aug. 29, 2004, at Atlanta.

"It was one of those days when I came through," Feliz said. "By the time I got to the plate, I had men on base and I got four hits. I was trying to hit the ball anywhere."

The Diamondbacks couldn't stop Feliz, just as they couldn't stop the Mets' Carlos Beltran, who personally outscored them 10-9 in a four-game sweep last week.

"It ended up being a very, very ugly homestand," Melvin said. "It's been everything. We haven't played defense very well. Our focus hasn't been very good. We haven't pitched very well. We haven't swung the bats very well."

The Diamondbacks left after the game for Dallas, where they open a three-game series with Texas on Friday night. After that they go to Pittsburgh for a makeup game and then to Tampa Bay for three before returning home.

"It's been bad," Melvin said. "Good time for a road trip."

Game notes
Arizona's Craig Counsell was charged with his seventh error at shortstop. He had eight errors all last year as the team's
regular second baseman. ... Arizona came into the game with 14 wild pitches, tied for fewest in the majors with the Mets, Detroit and Oakland. The Diamondbacks uncorked three on Thursday.