If Thursday night’s start at AT&T Park was an audition of sorts, Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Randall Delgado didn’t exactly nail his part.
In fact, he did quite the opposite.
For the second consecutive outing, Delgado labored early and often, allowing six runs on three hits before getting yanked in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Delgado’s rough start wasn’t enough, however, to derail the D-backs.
Because despite leaving a small village on the base paths all contest-long, Arizona managed to tie the score at five with a timely one-base throwing error by Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval in the top of the eighth inning.
In the top of the 10th, Tony Campana collected his fourth hit of the evening, a bloop RBI single to right field off of Yusmeiro Petit, and the D-backs held on for a 6-5 victory as Addison Reed closed out the bottom half of the frame with three quick outs.
With the win, Arizona secured its first series win of the season.
Arizona finished the three-game set with a clean sheet on the defensive end for the first time this season.
It should be noted, though, that the D-backs weren’t completely mistake-free.
Campana’s blatant misplay of Brandon Crawford’s fly ball to center in the bottom of the eighth inning led to a San Francisco double.
It took Joe Thatcher 20 pitches to complete his eighth-inning appearance, but the left-hander managed to retire Sandoval on a long fly ball to right field to end the inning with the bases loaded.
In his career, Sandoval is 0-for-6 against Thatcher.
Veteran reliever J.J. Putz recorded his first win since Aug. 7, 2013.
Putz has been virtually unhittable to date, as not a single batter has reached base via a hit during the 37-year-old’s five relief appearances in 2014.
So much for being a spot starter. Campana made the most of his opportunity by the Bay, setting a new career-high with his four hits. Previously, the 27-year-old had collected three hits on four different occasions with the Chicago Cubs and D-backs.
In the first 12 games of the campaign, D-backs’ starters have failed to go at least five innings four different times. Delgado’s 3 1/3 innings of work were the fewest by a starter so far in 2013.
For the first time this year, all eight of Arizona’s starting position players reached base with at least one base knock.
In all, Arizona left 11 runners on base — none worse than the three stranded in the top of the seventh.
With the bases full of D-backs and no outs, Giants reliever Jean Machi induced a 1-2-3 double play ball off the bat of clean-up hitter Martin Prado. Following the twin killing, Javier Lopez came on to strike out Miguel Montero to conclude the frame.
Since the start of the 2013 season, the D-backs have played in 13 extra-inning games on getaway day. In those 13 games, Arizona is 11-2.
D-backs right-handed reliever Will Harris has had a tough time getting opposing batters out in the month of April. Harris has allowed nine runs in his last three appearances, including one on two hits in Thursday’s fifth inning.
The former LSU standout currently has a team-worst 13.50 ERA.
Paul Goldschmidt reached base for the 31st straight game with his third-inning double Thursday. In doing so, he’s tied for fourth on the D-backs’ all-time list with Eric Byrnes and Matt Williams.